Friday, July 8, 2011

History lesson: BJJ edition

So at one point or another, most people who practice BJJ wonder where it came from. I would first recommend doing a thorough google search to read the whole detailed history. But in a nutshell, here it is:

1532: First time "Jiu Jitsu" term was used (Japanese). Originally meant for the battlefield
~1870: Judo was developed from Jiu Jitsu by Jigoro Kano
1915: "Count Koma" introduces Jiu-Jitsu to the Gracie family in Brazil
1925: Carlos Gracie opens up his Jiu Jitsu school and with the help of his brothers (most notably Helio Gracie) develops BJJ into the sport/martial art as we know it today.

1993: The first UFC takes place, and Royce Gracie defeats all opponents by submission regardless of weight

Now a highlight of Royce back in the day


minecraft129 said...

Very interesting style, I've always admired it.

GMSoccerPicks said...

Its incredible how popular BJJ has become the last couple of years. Thanks for this brief history lesson.