Brazilian Jiu-JitsuApr 26th 2013

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Early development of Jiu-Jitsu started around 4,000 years ago with the Buddhist Monks of northern India. They developed and effective method of hand to hand combat, weapons were discouraged by the day to day philosophy and moral values of Budhism. Instead, the Budhists practiced balance, center of gravity, pressure points, and the body as it relates to physics.

Mitsuyo Maeda Cover Esai Maeda, A Japanese politician arrived in 1914 as the Japanese were fighting WWI, to help establish economic development and immigration expansion in Brazil. Esai Maeda was also well known as “Count Maeda or Count Koma” Jiu-Jitsu master who befriended Gastao Gracie, a successful business man of Scottish descent who emigrated in 1826 to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

As Gastao helped Count Maeda protect the Japanese in Brazil, Count Maeda agreed to teach his Jiu-Jitsu techniques to the Gracie family. Carlos, Gastao’s oldest son practiced for several years with his younger brother Helio Gracie. By applying everything he had learned over the years with Carlos and Count Maeda, Helio developed the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu system. This technique would forever change the traditional martial arts world.

Royce Gracie, Helio’s son, introduced Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in the early 1990’s after defeating numerous opponents in the Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC). The UFC uses a series of full contact “Vale Tudo” NHB no holds barred as in anything goes combat, the only way of winning is a knock out or submission. Royce Gracie was able to defeat heavier weights, stronger fighters in all levels of martial arts Judo, wrestling, karate, kung fu, boxing, and Tae Kwan Do. The strategy also lead to the rise of a more regulated popular form of Martial Arts that you see today the MMA (mixed martial arts).

Article by: Virna Souza [BrazilChicago]


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