Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a unique martial art used as a combat sport and a self-defense system. Jiu-Jitsu comes from Japan, where it started out as a battlefield art. Samurai warriors learned this fighting technique to protect themselves in the event that they were disarmed. Since samurais wore armor, they would have to use modified takedown techniques because they were not very agile in such heavy and cumbersome garments.
A famous Japanese master, Mitsuyo Maeda, traveled the world to teach and share the craft of Jiu-Jitsu. He arrived in Brazil in 1914 and met with Carlos. Carlos, the son of a local politician, learned the art of Jiu-Jitsu from Maeda. He shared his knowledge with his brothers, and years later opened Brazil’s first Jiu-Jitsu academy.
Soon, Jiu-Jitsu spread to the United States (and the rest of the world) and quickly adopted many forms for many uses. It has gained massive popularity due to the wave of MMA and other forms of fighting. It has also been used as an effective form of self-defense for people of all ages.
New techniques and moves and being created and practiced every day. Jiu-Jitsu will continue to thrive as a living, breathing martial art form.