HISTORY AND ORIGINS
Jiu-Jitsu shares some common roots with other martial arts. India is the birthplace of the sport, and Buddhist monks developed and refined its features. They focused on balance and strength to limit the use of weapons that were used at the time.
It then found its way to China and Japan where it attracted a lot of attention, participation, and popularity. Japanese Jiu-Jitsu techniques are known as "The Gentle Way," and are based on the core values of loyalty, justice, morality, serenity, humility, honor, self-confidence and respect.
Despite the emergence of various martial arts like Aikido, Karate, and Judo, Jiu-Jitsu retained the true spirit and values of the original art.
In 1915, a Japanese fighter named Mitsuyo Maeda gave Jiu-Jitsu demonstrations and exhibition fights that quickly popularized the sport in Brazil. He settled in Belém and helped new Japanese immigrants to settle in the community while also teaching Jiu-Jitsu. One of his best students was a teenager called Carlos Gracie - the son of Gastão Gracie, who was a business partner of the American Circus in Belém.
Carlos Gracie soon became renowned for his skill, defeating opponents who were physically stronger than him. In 1925 he opened the Gracie Jujitsu Academy in Rio de Janeiro, the first academy of its kind, and helped to spread Maeda’s philosophy.
Between1940-2004, the Gracie family won many tournaments against physically superior fighters. For the Gracies, Jiu-Jitsu was more than just martial art; it was a way of life. They refined the techniques of Jiu-Jitsu into a national sport that became known as ‘Brazilian-Jiu Jitsu’ and is practiced by martial artists all over the world.
JIU JITSU IN UAE
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan: Championing Jiu-Jitsu in the UAE.
Jiu-Jitsu is a sport of the mind, body, and soul. It has great benefits for the individual and the wider community:
- Promotes greater strength, flexibility, agility, and stamina
- Promotes weight loss
- Reduces cholesterol and builds a stronger heart
- Greater control of muscular and cardiovascular health
- Learning techniques in a structured environment
- Improved blood circulation and reduced blood pressure
- Builds a stronger immune system
- Better balance, posture and graceful movements
- Greater speed of mind-to-body coordination
- Helps build more stable sleep patterns
Mental and Emotional Benefits
- Builds self-confidence and self-esteem
- Teaches patience and composure
- Improves discipline and self-control
- Better ability to multi-task
- Enhances the ability to maintain concentration for long periods
- Promotes willpower, perseverance, hard work and commitment
- Encourages dignity and being humble
- Promotes a motivational and upbeat spirit even after setbacks
- A higher level of overall happiness
- Teaches respect for peers and adults
- Builds as strong spirit of camaraderie and new friendships
- Maintains sportsmanship and the spirit of fairness
- Increases cooperation, interaction, and teamwork
- Prioritizes self-defense instead of aggression
- Socio-economic benefits from reducing obesity and related health complications