Why is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Called ‘Brazilian’ Jiu Jitsu?
Curious why Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is named ‘Brazilian’ and not just ‘Jiu Jitsu’? Let’s explore the origins of this distinctive martial art. In the early 20th century, Mitsuyo Maeda, a Japanese judoka, traveled to Brazil and taught the Gracie family the foundations of what would become Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. The Gracies further developed the techniques, emphasizing leverage, positioning, and submissions over strength. Their dominance in martial arts competitions showcased the effectiveness of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu worldwide.
In recent years, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has continued to evolve and gain popularity. Personally I (Daniel de Groot) had the opportunity to travel to Brazil in 2015 and have since spent many months going back and forth between Santos, Brazil and Rotterdam, Netherlands, to train with my coaches at The House FC, Gabriel Rollo, and Thiago Abreu. I even managed to win the Brazilian Nogi Championships in 2018.
Today, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is practiced and admired by martial artists, self-defense enthusiasts, and athletes across the globe. Its focus on technique, strategy, and leverage makes it accessible to people of all ages and physical abilities. Whether you’re looking to improve your self-defense skills, engage in a challenging workout, or compete in grappling tournaments, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu offers a rewarding and enriching experience
In conclusion, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is called “Brazilian” to honor the Gracie family’s contributions and recognize the evolution of Jiu Jitsu in Brazil. Its roots may trace back to traditional Japanese Jiu Jitsu, but the innovations and adaptations made by the Gracies have transformed it into a distinct and highly effective martial art. So, if you’re ready to embark on a thrilling journey of self-discovery and physical prowess, consider stepping onto the mat of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
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