The origins of Jiu Jitsu can be traced far back to India, where it was first invented by Buddhist monks. During this time, robbery was rampant and the monks developed movements based on balance and leverage, in a manner that would allow them to protect themselves, while avoiding the use of strength and weaponry.
Jiu Jitsu later found its way to China, and up to Japan where the art gained even more popularity.
Adopted by the Samurais during the Feudal period as a superior form of self-defense and a way of life, the art form highlighted their own mode of conduct known as "bushido" (way of the warrior).
Bushido was centered around a number of core values including loyalty, justice, manners, purity, modesty, honor, self-confidence, and respect. The Japanese named the smooth techniques, "Jiu Jitsu" (the gentle way).
In 1915, a Japanese Jiu Jitsu master named Esai Maeda Koma, also known as "Conde Koma", migrated to Brazil where he met Gastao Gracie.
Gastao Gracie, a Brazilian politician, became a Jiu Jitsu enthusiast and brought his eldest son, Carlos, to learn the secrets of the ancient martial art from Maeda.
In 1925, the first Gracie Academy, Academia Gracie De Jiu Jitsu, was opened in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Between 1940-2004, the Gracie family won countless challenges against many martial artists, many times their size, launching Jiu Jitsu to the top. The Gracie family altered and adapted Jiu Jitsu techniques in such a way that it significantly changed the complexity of traditional Jiu Jitsu. These techniques developed by the Gracies in Brazil were so unique that the sport became attached to a national identity, and is now commonly known as "Brazilian Jiu Jitsu" and practiced by martial artists all around the globe.
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