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Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: As a necessary way to succeed in combined battles

Updated: Jun 16, 2022

In this article, we will look at the history of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: What is the origin of Japanese Jiu-Jitsu? For what reason, Japan rebranded Jiu-Jitsu as Judo? How was Japanese Jiu-Jitsu spread throughout the world? How did Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu develop? How did Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu come to the Western world? How is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu developing today? Is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Effective for Self-Defense? What are the basic techniques of submission in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu? How one can advance in the ranking of belts in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu? What is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu are wearing? Is there any special protective gear for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu? What does Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training equipment include?

 

What is the origin of Japanese Jiu-Jitsu?

The strategy of fighting in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu comes down to submission or decision of the referee. Tactically, the enemy can be defeated in combat, either by strangulation or by bolt.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Competition

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has an ancient tradition dating back about 1000 years. Originating in Japan, it has evolved over the years as a unique method of integrated martial arts. Professor Jiguro Kano (1860-1938), the founder of Japanese Jiu-Jitsu, began to study this method for a simple reason, because using him, for a smaller person, there is a chance to defeat a larger and stronger opponent. Being a versatile person, he loved to learn something new in various fields of martial arts. After several years of training in various methods, he decided that it would be wise to extract the most effective elements from each of the methods he learned, and in 1882 Kano opened the Kodokan dojo and began teaching Jiu-jitsu to the local security forces in a small room. This school, in about 30 years, turned into a martial arts empire, which included about a thousand black-belt students.


For what reason, Japan rebranded Jiu-Jitsu as Judo?

In the 19th century, when Western culture prevailed over the old order in Japan, within a few years the country turned into a modern society, in which there was no place for schools with a bias towards fighting. As a result, Kano decided to transform Japanese Jiu-Jitsu into a martial art that could be taught to the general public in a modern sports format. Professor Jiguro Kano, the founder of Japanese Jiu-Jitsu, decided to rebrand the system to turn it into a sport called Judo, eliminated dangerous techniques such as punches and kicks, and created a method that allows you to fight at full strength without getting injured.


How did Japanese Jiu-Jitsu spread around the world?

Professor Jiguro Kano wanted to spread the Japanese Jiu-Jitsu method all over the world, so he sent five of his experts around the world. The distribution strategy was based on specific marketing tactics. Kano experts have traveled to prominent places in various martial arts around the world and invited experts in all existing techniques to compete with them. Working with hundreds of thousands of different combat experts, they have excelled in two main areas:

  1. Have gained a lot of experience in combined fights with different styles of martial arts such as Boxing; Karate; Kung Fu; Wrestling and more.

  2. They gained recognition all over the world thanks to practical battles and not just theoretical studies in a narrow field of activity.

How did Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu develop?

One of the five Japanese Jiu-Jitsu experts sent in by Professor Jiguro Kano, Mitsuyo Maeda (1878-1941), was an expert on Japanese Judo. After more than 2,000 victories in professional fights in Spain and Portugal, in 1908 he was nicknamed the Combat Count (Conde Coma). For his accomplishments, he was nicknamed "the coolest man who ever lived" and he was also considered the father of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. In 1916, Maeda performed at the American Circus in Belem, owned by Gastão Gracie. Gastão's sons: Carlos and Helio Gracie became interested in Maeda's experience and began to practice his method. Over the years, they created a new method based on the study of Mitsuyo Maeda's style and called it Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.


How did Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu come to the Western world?

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has developed in a special furrow as a versatile method that includes extensive experience in a variety of fights with a variety of martial arts. In the early 1990s, Brazilian warriors entered the Western world and began to compete. Fighters of various schools around the world were not ready for the universality of the method. As a result, Brazilian fighters have dominated mixed martial arts (MMA) in the western world for a long period of about 10 years. The world was not ready for the Brazilian way of fighting Jiu-Jitsu, while the Brazilians knew well how to fight against all methods.


How is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu developing today?

Years later, the Western world came out of its initial shock and realized that to defeat Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, fighters must first learn their method. As a result, after about 15 years, the gap was closed between Brazilian fighters and fighters of other martial arts. Other martial arts have combined Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with their particular fighting method. That is, they went through an evolutionary process to survive and win. They created a hybrid of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with their methods, which were much more modern for the needs of combined combat. On the other hand, the Brazilian schools closed on themselves and decided not to develop. This was their fatal mistake, contrary to the principles of the original creator of the method, Jiguro Kano (1860-1938). Namely, to be un