History of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ)

History of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ)

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History of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ)

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a martial art and combat sport that focuses on ground fighting and submission holds. Its history is rooted in Japanese Jiu-Jitsu and Judo, but it evolved and developed its own unique characteristics in Brazil. Here’s a brief overview of the history of BJJ:

Roots in Japan:

Mitsuyo Maeda and the Gracie Connection:

Gracie Family and Development:

Helio Gracie's Influence:

Birth of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu:

Spread and Globalization:

Formation of Federations and Rulesets:

MMA and UFC Success:

Today, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is practiced worldwide, with a strong emphasis on self-defense, sport competition, and physical fitness. It continues to evolve, with practitioners exploring and refining techniques to enhance its effectiveness.

Further Reading

What is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ)?

History of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ)

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA)

The difference between gi and no-gi BJJ

History of Machado Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ)

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