ABOUT GRACIE JIU-JITSU
Jiu-jitsu started many years ago in India, as a form of self-defense. The word Jiu-jitsu means soft art and has three basic principles: the technique, lever and the base.
From India, Jiu-Jitsu traveled to China and then to Japan.
Mitsuyo Maeda, known as “Count Koma”, was a great practitioner of Judo and Jiu-Jitsu in the early days. After traveling to several countries with his group, he arrived in Brazil in 1914. An excursion of Japanese fighters arrived in Manaus to begin the mission led by Maeda, to disseminate judo in Brazil. One of the Japanese, Sanshiro “Black Belly” Satake, stayed in Manaus and opened the first Brazilian judo academy, meanwhile Maeda went to Belém do Pará, where he settled, and opened the still existing Conde Koma academy. A year later, Maeda met Gastão Gracie. Gastão was the father of eight children, and took his son Carlos Gracie to learn the Japanese fight.
Gracies learned Jiu-Jitsu with Mitsuyo Maeda and after a few years moved to Rio de Janeiro to set up the first Brazilian jiu-jitsu academy in Flamengo in 1925. Since then, Jiu-Jitsu was greatly improved by the Gracie family.
The Gracies, Carlos, Gaston, George, Oswaldo and Helio, always made a very aggressive advertisement challenging everyone to showcase the efficiency of Jiu-jitsu art. Gracie Academy and the Gracies have always strived to prove the effectiveness of this martial art.
Master Helio Gracie perfected jiu-jitsu in such a way that it gave the conditions for a lean person to be able to fight a large and strong person, becoming the father of Brazilian jiu jitsu.