How Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Got Its Start
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a combat sport, a self-defense discipline and a martial art that puts emphasis on ground fighting and grappling. It was carried to Brazil by a man named Mitsuo Maeda who learned Kodokan Judo. The discipline has a long history of interacting with other sorts of combat and martial arts and has certainly made a name for itself over the years. In Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, students learn that a weaker, smaller person has the chance to defend themselves against a stronger, larger attacker by using the proper technique and leverage, which mainly means chokeholds and applying the use of joint locks, and practicing the art requires a lot of training and sparring with other people.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is also known as more than just a combat system. Created in 1914, it stemmed from Japanese Jiu Jitsu and changed its beat by making it into more than just a martial art and turning instead it into a sport. It is also used as a way to become more physically fit and its practitioners often call it a lifestyle because of the mental demands it requires. After Maeda learned about Jiu Jitsu, he left his training in sumo and pursued it instead, and once he’d learned his way around the art, he began to travel to different countries to give demonstrations before finally going to Brazil in 1914.
It was there that he met Gastao Gracie who was a business partner of the American Circus in the country. Carlos Gracie, the eldest son of Gastao, watched a demonstration by Maeda and wanted to learn the art. After a few years of working with Maeda, Gracie ended up passing on what he knew to his other brothers. The brothers ended up teaching what became Brazilian jiu jitsu to other people in the community. This eventually led to modern-day Brazilian jiu jitsu teams like the Nova Uniao and Grappling Fight Teams.
After its start in Brazil, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Gi started becoming famous on an international scale in the early 1990s when Royce Gracie, a Brazilian jiu jitsu expert, won the first, second and fourth UFC Ultimate Fighting Championships using this art. Royce fought against larger opponents who employed other fighting styles like shoot fighting, boxing, wrestling, karate, tae kwon do and judo, and still, Royce ended up winning against most of them. Now, it has become a staple in a number of different disciplines, and many mixed martial arts fighters not only use it but credit it for bringing attention to how important ground fighting is.
Today, sport Brazilian Bjj Jiu Jitsu Gi tournaments are growing in number, and more and more people are learning this art and competing in it all over the world. The main difference between the different styles lies in the traditional Gracie style with an emphasis on self-defense, and the Sports Brazilian Jiu Jitsu’s method of fighting that leans toward competition. Either way, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a fighting style that is here to stay and continues to attract new students each year.