Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
(BJJ) is a martial art, combat sport, and a self defense system that focuses on grappling and especially ground fighting. Brazilian jiu-jitsu was formed from early 20th century Kodokan Judo ground fighting (Ne-Waza) fundamentals that were taught to Carlos Gracie by master Mitsuyo Maeda. Brazilian jiu-jitsu eventually came to be its own art through the experimentations, practices, and adaptation from the Judo knowledge of Carlos who then passed their knowledge on to his extended family.
BJJ promotes the concept that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend against a bigger, stronger assailant by using leverage and proper technique, taking the fight to the ground – most notably by applying joint-locks and chokeholds to defeat the other person. BJJ training can be used for sport grappling tournaments (gi and no-gi) and mixed martial arts (MMA) competition or self-defense. Sparring(commonly referred to as "rolling") and live drilling play a major role in training, and a premium is placed on performance, especially in competition, in relation to progress and ascension through its ranking system.
Carlson Gracie Sr
Grand Master Carlson Gracie was an Ultimate Gladiator who spans all time. He is compared only to legends such as Mohammed Ali, Evander Holyfield, Bruce Lee, Michael Jordan, or more recently, Roy Jones Jr. Recognized worldwide, Carlson Gracie, learned Jiu – Jitsu from his father whom after learning the style from a Great Japanese master Champion, in 1925, founded the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Organization in Rio de Janeiro. Carlson Gracie the oldest son of Carlos Gracie’s 21 children was born during the height of the Gracie clan struggle to establish the Gracie Jiu - Jitsu as one if not the most effective martial art in the world, Carlson inherited the fearless, high-risk competitive spirit of his father, combined with an amazing level of tolerance, love and respect for the Human kind. He believes in fair competition, although during his professional career in the ring, he always confronted heavier and more experienced adversaries from all kind of fighting systems. Carlson Gracie, a champion for over 20 years, retired from the ring unconquered which give him the nickname in Europe, “The Eternal Champion “ and in Asia the. "King of the Ring". This was due to his ability to finish a fight in matter of seconds. Since He retired from the competitions, his mission was to pass on his experiences, as an accomplished Black Belt and Grand Master of the Ring, to the younger generation of Gracie’s, fighters. This is especially true to the “ The Brazilian Prince of Jiu-Jitsu", his only son, Carlson Gracie Jr. He is a 10 Times Brazilian Champion as well as an International Champion. In addition to Jiu – Jitsu, he is also a Medallist in Greco Roman Wrestling of the Pan-American Games, and a Vale - Tudo Extreme Fighter. Carlson Gracie Jr and his father are the ambassadors of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to the World who teach their art to youth and adult students alike. So they understand how the practice of Jiu – Jitsu gives them energy, discipline, and the patience enough to become successful, not only in the sports arena, but also in Life.