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GRACIE JIU JITSU

Gracie Jiu Jitsu can be traced back to a Japanese master of Judo and Jiu Jisu named Mitsuo Maeda. He was the person who taught Carlos Gracie as a favor to Gastao Gracie, the grandfather of Royce Gracie.

Carlos in turn taught his brother Helio Gracie (father of Royce). Carlos Gracie went on to modify and experiment and thereby created the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu named after his family, Gracie Jiu Jitsu was born.

Gracie Jiu Jitsu made a name for itself initally as the Gracie brothers showcased their talents in local demonstrations as well as street fighting. Carlos opened up the first Gracie Jiu Jitsu school in Belem, Brazil in 1925. It was at this time that Helio Gracie stood out as the best fighter amonst the brothers and defeated countless opponents from various martial arts schools of the time. Helio made street fighting as easy as playing poker, a feat that earned the Gracie name much respect.

It was not until one of the greatest Judo masters ever, Masahiko Kimura, came to Brazil to fight Helio did Helio Gracie lose his first fight. Out of respect for the move that Masahiko Kimura finally beat Helio Gracie with after 15 minutes Helio named the move the 'Kimura Lock' in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Helio went on to develop new techniques that were less reliant on strength and relied on good technique to execute the move against larger opponents, it is this development that has enabled Royce Gracie to showcase Gracie Jiu Jitsu to the world and win the Ultimate Fighting Championship against mixed martial artists much bigger than himself. All of the Gracie boys are taught their unique style of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and each one has added to their art and customized it to their specific attributes.

Due to the success of the Gracie Jiu Jitsu system in these various tournaments over the course of the last century it has now been exported around the world and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is now more popular than ever and the family continues to promote Gracie Jiu Jitsu to all four corners of the globe.