Historians and connoisseurs of Jiu Jitsu say that the origins of this martial art may come from India, where it was practiced by Buddhist monks. Designed as an art of self-defense, it is based on balance and control of the opponent. With the expansion of Buddhism, Jiu Jitsu spread from Southeast Asia to China to finally arrive in Japan, where it evolved and gained popularity. At the end of the nineteenth century, some Jiu Jitsu masters emigrated to different countries around the world to teach this style of fighting. Like Jigoro Kano, the founder of judo in 1882, Esai Maeda Koma, also known as “Conde Koma”, was also one of the greatest masters. After traveling through different countries of Europe and America he arrived in Brazil in 1915. He settled in Belem do Para, where he met Gastao Gracie.
“JIUJITSU IS MORE THAN WINNING A FIGHT, IT’S NOT JUST THAT, IT’S LEARNED. BENEFITS EXIST IN THE SENSE OF MORAL AND ETHICAL BEHAVIOR. IT IS THE BALANCE.”
Father of eight children, Gastao became a fan of this martial art style. Later, his eldest son, Carlos Gracie was introduced to this art too. After much practice, Carlos came to develop a new style of wrestling which was very complex though very effective, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. At the age of nineteen, he and his family visited Rio de Janeiro for the first time, where he practiced and taught. He also often fought against much larger and stronger opponents. In 1925, he moved to Rio where he opened the first school called “Academia Gracie Jiu Jitsu”. Since then, Carlos started to share his knowledge with the rest of his brothers, and adapted it to their physiques. Since they were not very muscular fighters, they had to adapt their techniques to achieve maximum efficiency with minimal strength. Once developed and perfected, this particular style of fighting is designed to overcome much stronger opponents, Carlos Gracie therefore decided to test its effectiveness against different fighters recognized at the time, winning and showcasing its superiority. Because of this, fighters became interested in this new and effective style. Such was the enthusiasm among the fighters, that they came from Japan to challenge local practitioners of Jiu Jitsu, who had improved the techniques and submission to the point where it became a new sport, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
BJJ is practiced with a kimono and there is a belt ranking system reflecting the level of each fighter by color. The purpose of fighting is to throw, control, and submit your opponent with a joint lock or a choke.
BJJ and judo are aerobic and anaerobic sports. They allow us to work our agility, flexibility, balance, strength, endurance and reflexes at the same time.
BJJ classes, are provided each day during the morning, afternoon, and evening sessions during the Bjj slot on the schedule. Our courses are structured as follows: We begin by preparing our bodies for the session by warming up and performing various specific movements like drills, as well as a short cardio circuit. Then we start with the technical training, and we finish by live sparring in pairs.