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Gracie Jiu-jitsu history.
All ancient cultures had some form of grappling and unarmed fighting techniques.
Jiu-Jitsu itself was developed in Japan during the Feudal period. It was originally an art designed for warfare.
The Japanese were responsible for refining a grappling art into a very sophisticated grappling system called Jiu-Jitsu.
After the Feudal period in Japan ended (Jiu-jitsu was no longer needed on the battlefield), a way to practice the art realistically was needed, which is why Jigoro Kano (1860-1938), a practitioner of Jiu-Jitsu, developed his own system of Jiu-Jitsu in the late 1800's, called Judo.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art that focuses on ground fighting.
The art was derived from the Japanese martial art of Kodokan judo in the early 20th century.
The art began with Mitsuyo Maeda, a member of the then recently founded Kodokan. Maeda was one of the Judo's top groundwork experts.
Maeda had trained first in sumo as a teenager, and after the interest generated by stories about the success of judo at contests between judo and jujutsu that were occurring at the time, he changed from sumo to judo, becoming a student of Kano's Kodokan judo.
Maeda left Japan in 1904 and visited a number of countries giving demonstrations and accepting challenges from martial artists before eventually arriving in Brazil on November 14, 1914.
In 1914, Maeda was given the opportunity to travel to Brazil as part of a large Japanese immigration colony.
In Brazil, in the northern state of Para, he became friend of Gastão Gracie, an influential businessman, who helped Maeda get established. To show his gratitude, Maeda, who was then a 4th dan Kodokan judoka, offered to teach Judo to Gastão's oldest son, Carlos Gracie. Carlos learned for a few years and eventually passed his knowledge to his brothers Oswaldo, Gastão Jr., Jorge, and Hélio.
At age fourteen, Helio Gracie, the youngest of the brothers moved in with his older brothers who lived and taught Jiu-Jitsu in a house in Botafogo in Rio de Janeiro. Following doctor's recommendations, Helio would spend the next few years limited to only watching his brothers teach as he was naturally frail.
One day, when Helio Gracie was 16 years old, a student showed up for class when Carlos was not around. Helio, who had memorized all the techniques from watching his brothers teach, offered to start the class. When the class was over, Carlos showed up and apologized for his delay.
The student asked for Helio to continue being his instructor, Helio Gracie then gradually developed Gracie Jiu Jitsu as an adaptation from Judo as he was unable to do many Judo moves.
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