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Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is an advanced form of the Japanese Jujitsu and is predominantly a ground-fighting (Grappling) Art. One of the primary objectives for a Jiu Jitsu practitioner, is to avoid punches and kicks while attempting to clinch the opponent. Once in the clinch, the opponent's strikes are rendered some what ineffective. The BJJ practitioner will then proceed to take the fight to the ground where the power behing the opponent's strikes are diminished. Taken out of her/his attacking element, the opponents abilities are compromised.  Now the Jiu Jitsu practitioner will proceed to submit the opponent in a mulititude of different ways.  An experienced and well trained Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner will eventually take any type of opponent to the ground.


The defense techniques are all based on leverage, making it possible for the fighter to beat stronger and heavier opponents. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu uses the opponent’s strength and force against themselves. The key is balance (known as "base") and leverage.


Jiu-Jitsu (Grappling), which means gentle art, is one of the oldest forms of martial arts. It originated in India more than 2000 years B.C.  It was created by monks who could not use any type of weapons to defend their lives against barbarian attacks.  It spread through China, and eventually took root and was elaborated on in Japan becoming one of the first martial art styles. The Samurai clans in Japan adopted Jiu-Jitsu and transformed it into their own traditional style to defeat an opponent regardless if the situation was striking, throwing or grappling.


In 1914, Japanese Jiu-Jitsu champion Esai Maeda migrated to Brazil, where he was instrumental in establishing a Japanese immigrant community. His efforts were aided by Gastão Gracie, a Brazilian scholar and politician of Scottish descent. As an expression of his gratitude for Gracie's assistance, Maeda taught the Brazilian's oldest son Carlos the essential secrets of the ancient martial arts technique. Carlos taught Maeda's techniques to his four brothers (Oswaldo, Gastão, Jorge, and Helio) and to his older sons (including Carlson and Carley), and in 1925 they opened the first Jiu-Jitsu academy in Brazil. For the Gracie brothers, teaching the art was more than an occupation. It was and is to the next generation... their passion.


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Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (Gi and NOGI)  at Element Martial Arts.

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Carlson Gracie > Ricardo Liborio > Flavio Meier (


EST. 1992