Jiu-Jitsu history was written thousands of years ago into the lives of Buddhist monks of India, and today Jiu-Jitsu comes from the Land of the Rising Sun which was traced back to the Samurai and arguably perfected in Rio de Janeiro Brazil by the Gracie family and their selected few.
Jiu-Jitsu History takes us back to the Samurai Edo Era between 1603-1867. These Bushido Warriors were extremely armored while on foot or horseback. The art of Jiu-Jitsu or ( The Gentle Art ) was developed for the Samurai to fight. The Samurai were smaller and physically weaker than there enemies, so they needed a system that they could defend themselves when disarmed or on foot.
At this moment the Samurai became more powerful than any opponent they encountered, thus making Jiu-Jitsu superior to any other fighting form. In the teachings of Jiu-Jitsu History, we must also add that by the mid-1800s Jiu-jitsu had stemmed out into different techniques and styles which one of them is known today as Judo, but they all generally incorporated most aspects of hand to hand combat including strikes, grappling and weapon-based attacks and disarms.
Jiu-Jitsu History is an ongoing story, as we the teachers, students, and everyone who is involved in this extravagant lifestyle will continue to define what it is and where it’s going. In the words of the Gracie Grand Masters, “You could never live long enough to learn everything about Jiu-Jitsu, as it evolves on a daily basis.”
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