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Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Through their knowledge of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and its history, Elite MMA has been able to combine the art of this defense technique with modern teachings and skills to provide the best all around experience for men, women and youth. Jiu Jitsu, which means “gentle art,” emphasizes leverage, balance and technique. Jiu jitsu is commonly misspelled as "jujitsu" or "jui jitsu."


The Indian monks who originally developed Jiu-Jitsu, were peaceful individuals and had to develop a type of self-defense that would allow them the luxury of defending themselves without disrupting their religious beliefs. Since the monks understood the human body through education, they ended up using a lot of the fundamentals of human physiology. For example, using leverage, getting under someone’s base, and numerous other fundamentals. With the application of these techniques it became a system of self-defense that eventually spread all over Asia and ended up finding a home in Japan.


After taking root in Japan, Jiu-Jitsu became the first martial art style. The samurai clans in Japan adopted jiu-jitsu as their own traditional style to defeat their opponents, regardless of whether the situation required striking, throwing or grappling. After years of constant practice and application, these techniques developed into other martial arts styles, such as judo, aikido, karate, etc.

The Japanese wanted to keep Jiu-Jitsu “in house” because of the influx of foreigners. So they broke it up into different arts to try and disguise it from the foreigners. The Japanese had to disguise the true Jiu-Jitsu art so they would not be defeated.


We fast forward to the early 1900’s in Brazil. During this time period in Japan, jiu-jitsu has gone dormant. The Japanese government was eager to set up a Japanese colony in Brazil. To help lead this venture, they sent over a man named Esai Maeda, also known as "Count Koma".

Gastão Gracie, a Brazilian politician, befriended Maeda and helped him on his new venture. As a show of gratitude, Maeda agreed to teach Gastão's eldest son Carlos the secrets of the Japanese martial art; Jiu-Jitsu. Maeda happened to be a former champion back in Japan and proved to be a very effective teacher.

Carlos, a skinny little teenager, trained under the watchful eyes of Maeda for the next few years. As fate would have it though, in 1923 Maeda returned back to his homelands and left Carlos all alone with no master. Carlos, needing someone to train with, had taught his younger brother Helio the art. Together, these resilient brothers morphed Jiu Jitsu into something that would eventually change the martial arts world forever. Neither Carlos nor Helio were men of great size or strength. Especially Helio, a frail boy who weighed around 140 pounds or so. Because of this, they based many of their modifications on position and leverage rather than size and strength. The concept behind their creations were that a smaller, weaker man could effectively win in a fight against a bigger, stronger man. The mean streets of Brazil acted as very good testing grounds for these new modifications. Tested over and over again in challenge matches and professional Vale Tudo (No holds barred) fights, these new fighting techniques proved to be the most effective form of self defense around. The Gracie Family, led by Carlos and Helio, basically evolved the martial art style into an almost unstoppable dynamo. They would accept challenges against their style from anybody. From the average street person in Rio, to international Judo champions from Japan, the style prevailed against all others.

The beauty of jiu-jitsu is that it never stopped evolving, continuously adapting to the demands of its surrounding environment.

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