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The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) that we train here in metro Detroit and are accredited by, it the Caique Jiu Jitsu Academy. Caique Jiu Jitsu is headed by world-renown 7th degree Black Belt Master Carlos Caique Elias. Mash Gym is an affiliate of the Caique Jiu Jitsu Academy.
Master Caique is one the Black Belts from the old time Gracie Academy in Brazil, when Helio Gracie and his sons were all together in the same academy. It has been said that for many years Carolos was one of, if not the best student.
Other history of Jiu-Jitsu includes that monks of India originally invented and practiced Jiu Jitsu and is said to be the foundation of all of the martial arts. Jiu-Jitsu came to Brazil in the 1920 and taught to world renowned martial artist Carlos Gracie, Sr. by Japanese master Mitsuya Maeda (aka “Count Koma”). The Gracie family developed the system that is now known as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. It features many techniques including strikes, joint locks, throws, submission holds, pins, and pressure points with a focuses on grappling and ground fighting. The goal is to gain a dominant position and to use joint-locks and chokeholds to force your opponent to “tap-out” declaring a submission.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has found its success because of the focus on technique rather than size or power. Smaller fighters can disable larger opponents quickly with the use of proper technique. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is not limited to smaller fighters. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira is a huge fighter who has many notable wins by submission over stars like Tim Sylvia, Dan Henderson, and Randy Couture. The current UFC Middleweight Champion is the dominant Anderson Silva, who is a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and regarded by many as the top pound-for-pound fighter in the world.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has been popularized today by the many UFC fighters who utilize this technique. Champions such as Anderson Silva, BJ Penn, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, and Nate Diaz have risen to the elite class of MMA by fighting under the discipline of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Royce Gracie brought Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to the forefront of MMA fights in the 1990’s by winning 3 of the first 4 Ultimate Fighting Championship tournaments by submitting larger opponents.
Origin of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
The origin of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has its roots in Japanese judoka. Mitsuyo Maeda, an expert in Japanese judoka, was one of the five of the Kodokan’s top groundwork experts that Kano Jigoro, Judo’s founder, sent overseas to spread this art to the world. Maeda left Japan in 1904 and visited several countries to give jiu-do demonstrations. Along with these demonstrations, he also accepted challengers from different wrestlers, boxers, savate fighters, and various other martial artists. He arrived in Brazil on November 14, 1914. Maeda died in 1941, but was promoted to 7th dan in Kodokan judo the day before he died.
To Kano, Judo was much more than a martial art. Judo was a sport, a method for promoting physical fitness, a way to build character in young people, and ultimately, a way of life. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has also encompassed these philosophies to a very large extent.
While in Brazil, Maeda met an influential businessman by the name of Gastao Gracie. Gracie helped Maeda get established while in Brazil. Gracie’s son, Carlos, watched one of Maeda’s demonstrations and decided that he wanted to learn the art. Maeda accepted Carlos as a student. In 1921, the Gracies moved to Rio de Janeiro. There, Carlos passed on Maeda’s teachings to his brothers, Osvaldo, Gastao, and Jorge. Helio was too young and sick at the time, but through watching his brothers he was also able to learn the art and eventually compete. Carlos, along with his brother Helio, went on to found Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, or modern Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
In 1925, the Japanese government mandated that the correct name for the martial art taught in Japanese public schools should be judo. However, in Brazil, the art is still called Jiu-Jitsu. The martial art system became known as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (or sometimes Gracie Jiu Jitsu) when the Gracies came to the United States to spread their art