Over 2,500 years of History
Created by Buddhist monks, a nomad and frail people who were often plundered by other people and that due to their religion, could not use weapons, developed a form of defense based on the study of animal movements, with the principle leverage that allowed a much weaker individual, winning a stronger and heavier.
Soon this fighting crossed Asia and reached Japan where he became the fight of the samurai, proficient warriors who had the function to defend their masters if necessary, with life.
The samurais had various combat techniques as knives, spears and bow and arrows and had in Jiu-Jitsu, a melee fight. The Jiu-Jitsu stood out, despite the aggressiveness of time by features such as balance and flexibility that overcame the brute force.
From Japan to Brazil
With the opening of Nipponese ports on the west it has been decreed by the Japanese Emperor crime of lese-nation teach jiu jitsu in Japan in an attempt to preserve the jiu jitsu as unique culture of the Japanese people. However, after the First World War, there was a great immigration of the Japanese people and Brazil was the country chosen by Count Maeda Koma, Japanese champion at the time, to live. Maeda arrived in Para in the mid-1920s where he met Gastao Gracie, an influential man in the city of Belém do Pará and that helped him in the new city.
In gratitude to his friend, Count Koma Maeda taught jiu jitsu to the eldest son of Gaston, Carlos, who soon had mastered the techniques and taught. But it was his brother Helio Gracie jiu jitsu that developed to the point where the sport is today, recognized as the most perfect form of struggle around the world. Helio, with its 63 kilos, beat opponents with more than 100, thus proving that the technique overcomes strength. This culture, today known as Brazilian, allows us to export our jiu jitsu around the world, with Japan as a major consumer of our art.
The word means Jiu Jitsu “gentle art” due to its principle of giving in to win, using the weight and the strength of your opponent against himself and also to create for each technique, a leverage that allows you to move an opponent much stronger and heavier. This guiding principle is to make the most efficient use of mental and physical energies.