Brazilian Jiu Jitsu traces its roots back to the forms of Judo in Japan. The Gracie family in Brazil developed judo and early forms of Jiu Jitsu into what is today called Brazilian Jui Jitsu. Mitsuo Maeda emigrated to Brazil from Japan in 1914. There he taught his martial art and met George Gracie. Gracie's son Carlos was taught by Maeda. In 1925 Carlos Gracie opened the first school in Brazil,
Carlos is regarded as the founder, but his brother, Helios, was the most proficient at the art among the five brothers. They began to develop the art as a sport, not simply a means of self-defense. These two created new techniques, added many innovations to the sport, and created the idea of making the martial art into a competitive sport.
They began offering what was called the Gracie Challenge, which invited fighters to compete with them. The Gracies often won those fights and the popularity of the sport developed quickly. Carols Gracie was head of the Federation and they began developing rules for competitions and the sport flourished from there.
Jiu Jitsu was developed to help a smaller or weaker fighter battle well against the stronger person. Leverage was the key ingredient. The weaker fighter, often on his back, could gain an advantage by using leverage against his opponent. It was the Gracie family that turned this art of self-defense into a sport, first in Brazil and now it has spread around the world. The street fighting, or self-defense, aspects are still there, but competition is the emphasis.
There are three kinds of fighting in this type of martial art. First, of course, is self-defense, including being unarmed against an armed opponent. There is also free fighting competition, which is popular today as "anything goes" type of fighting. This is where mixed martial arts competitions of today come from. The third kind combines wrestling with the art as competition.
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