Brazilian Jiu Jitsu | History & Gracie Family


Brazilian Jiu Jitsu – All You Need To Know

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a sort of martial art which teaches different types of techniques to defend yourself. Many believe that this form of martial art is similar to Japanese JuJutsu. This form of Brazilian martial art works perfectly for small heightened people to defend themselves from any attack. Gracie Family is known as the founder of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu martial art system.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Judo and Japanese Jiu-Jitsu, though, of course, in many aspects are conventional and related to each other. Jiu Jitsu, one of the elite member of powerful self-defence systems of human society, has been designed with the idea of mutual benefit. At the moment, however, BJJ techniques, of course, can be applied in real battle conditions, the majority of schools are including it as a sport. Judo and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu follows almost similar rules when it comes to any competition. In real life situations, Judo looks limited with techniques of defence, but BJJ works terrific in street fights.


Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu’s overall fighting strategies are for protection against larger and stronger attackers with an effective method for physically smaller and vulnerable person. BJJ is also the most advanced methods of saving yourself, while enemy attacks from back (the position of weak men often find themselves in an attack). Carlos and Helio Gracie, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu founders and grandmasters still practice various techniques and teach their students.


Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu History & Gracie Family

In Japan, Samurai’s days came to an end when the swords got switched by modern weapons, and innovation took place in martial arts systems which gave birth to Karate, Judo and JuJutsu. But, comparing with other martial art techniques, JuJutsu could not evolve completely. This created a big confusion in the international community of martial arts, and Bruce Lee later called it “classical mess.” Bruce Lee was a student of Grandmaster YIP Man and always practised Wing Chun and Judo. He was strictly against of confusing techniques of new martial arts systems. He criticised many Shaolin schools for not focusing on involution of new practices.

Quote by legend Bruce Lee

Gracie Family introduced Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to the great community of martial arts. Esai Maeda (A great Judo Master), born in 1878 (Japan), introduced Gracie family with Jiu Jitsu 1914 in Brazil. Maeda was a student of Kano and was also called Conde Koma. He was a champion of Jiu-Jitsu in Kodokan (Japan).

Esai Maeda (Mitsuyo Maeda)

In 1914, Japanese Immigration introduced a concept of “Japanese Immigration Colony” in Brazil, and Esai Maeda was given the opportunity to relocate there. In Para (Northern State of Brazil), he met a businessman called Gastao Gracie, who helped him set up his Jiu Jitsu coaching there. In an honest reply of help, Maeda taught Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to Carlos Gracie (Son of Gastao Gracie) for some years. Carlos gained knowledge of BJJ and Judo, and with the time he taught his all the brothers.

Carlos Gracie

Gastão and Catalina Gracie had eight children (three girls) together, and their youngest son was Helio Gracie. Helio was suffering from an unknown illness (unable to walk much, fainting spells).

He moved to Rio de Janeiro, at the young age of 14, to live with his older brothers. Helio couldn’t practice any moves because of doctor’s advice and he only watched numerous students getting taught by his older brother.  But, Helio memorised all the techniques taught by his brother ‘Carlos’ to his students.

Helio Gracie teaching his student!

One day, Carlos couldn’t reach his class on time, and Helio offered students to learn from him. Students got surprised from his offer and fortunately said yes. After class had got over, Carlos entered the classroom and apologised for the delay. But, a student said, we enjoyed the class with Helio a lot, and we look forward to learning from once again. Carlos got agreed with student’s demand, and offered Helio “Instructor’s Position”.


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Brazilian Jiu Jitsu | History & Gracie Family
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a sort of martial art which teaches different types of techniques to defend yourself. Many believe that this form of martial art is similar to Japanese JuJutsu.