Brazilian Jiu Jitsu History
It is said that Brazilian jiu jitsu originated from India, where Buddhist monks practiced it. The monks created techniques, in which focused on balance, leverage, and manipulation of the body, where one would not have to learn weaponry or rely on strength while sparring. It is a style of submission and ground fighting maneuvers.
Jiu Jitsu then expanded from Southeast to China and eventually to Japan. In the late 19th century, several masters travelled from Japan to other continents, teaching the art style and introducing it into competitions.
Maeda Koma, one of the masters, arrived in Brazil in 1915. A year later he met Gastao and Carlos Gracie, who became Koma’s first students. Carlos Gracie adapted well into a great student, and four years later he moved to Rio de Janeiro, where he began teaching and fighting. He travelled around and would end up beating other martial artists in competitions. When he returned to Rio de Janeiro in 1925, he opened his first school, the Academia Gracie of Jiu Jitsu. Eventually, Carlos adapted the Gracie Diet, in which aids in the nutrition and health of the martial art form. Today, the style is now known as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. It has become the most effective martial art style to train in and is used in many mixed martial art fights and competitions.
I have the gi and a white belt, but it’s a bit big on me, as the last time I rolled was around 2012 due to a few mishaps. I predict I will be on the mat and rolling again in the not too distant future.
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