Despite becoming more popular in Japan, the history of Jiu-jitsu began in India over two thousand years ago.
Indian monastery monks were forbidden by religion to defend themselves with weapons. But on their long walks, they were attacked by bandits from the Mongol tribes of northern Asia, and the need for the hand-to-hand defense was born.
Connoisseurs of vital points of the body have developed a special type of defense for the physical type of their people, short and slender. This kind of Jiu-jitsu embryo ended up crossing the borders of China and going to the Japanese archipelago, cultivated there, known only by nobles and samurai, Jiu-jitsu, which literally means, “Gentle Art” or “Arte Suave”.
For a long time, Jiu-jitsu was the most practiced fight in Japan, until the emergence of Judo as a sport in 1882. But there were several styles of Jiu-jitsu, in fact, each fighter had his own style. Jiu-jitsu was banned in Japan for a certain period as a crime against the homeland. With the introduction of western culture in Japan promoted by Emperor Mutsu Hito (1867 – 1912), martial arts were forgotten. They were only valued later when the West also appreciated this type of fight.
Jiu-Jitsu in Brazil
The Japanese master, Mitsuo Maeda is known as Conde Koma, came to Brazil on a diplomatic mission, when in Belém, Pará, he met Gastão Gracie, starting a great friendship.
Conde Koma, due to the affinity and favors provided by Gastão, began to teach Jiu-jitsu to his son, Carlos Gracie, who after learning the art taught his brothers, especially Hélio Gracie, they improved the techniques learned, making them more efficient and accessible to anyone’s body type. It was there that the so-called Brazilian Jiu-jitsu was born, the best and most efficient form of self-defense in the world, already proven by the results of the constant MMA competitions in the world.
Jiu-Jitsu today, due to its need to spread itself as a sport, has rules and remains the most complete martial art. The Jiu-Jitsu fighter has knowledge of unique ground combat training, something that no martial art has, and that makes Jiu-Jitsu the fight that most closely resembles real combat.
Men, women, boys and girls from all continents practice Jiu-Jitsu. In addition to learning self-defense, this fight brings benefits to your body by increasing your muscle tonic, and your cardiovascular capacity, in addition, you will also be healthier mentally, because those who practice this art gain more self-confidence, are in a better mood, makes friends, and finally eliminates all your stress on the mat.
Which benefits can Jiu-Jitsu bring to its practitioners?
Relax the mind, make friends, de-stress, renergises, physical conditioning, discipline, among other benefits.
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