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How did Jiu Jitsu become Brazilian?

Maeda a Japanese man was in Brazil to over see Japanese immigration into the country. Whilst doing so he became friends with Gastao Gracie who was instrumental in helping Japanese immigrants establish communities in Brazil.

Maeda was a World Jiu-Jitsu Champion and did something that was not usually done by teaching Gastao Gracie’s son Carlos the art of Japanese Jiu-Jitsu circa 1918.

Carlos Gracie

After learning traditional Jiu-Jitsu from Maeda, Carlos passed on his knowledge to the others in the family. He then decided to open the first Gracie Jiu-Jitsu academy in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Carlos Gracie was small in stature as wereothers in the family, so they went on to refine the Jiu-Jitsu Carlos was taught so that anyone of any size could use the techniques. Carlos also brought in the “Gracie Challenge”. This was where anyone could come and test their skill against Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. After Carlos’s brother “Helio” who was the current representative of the family lost to a former student name Waldemar Santana the family looked towards Carlos’s eldest son Carlson Gracie.

Carlson Gracie

Carlson Gracie (17 yrs old, 72kg) fought Waldemar Santana (94kg). This was Carlson Gracie’s first professional Vale Tudo fight. Carlson revenged Prof. Helio’s loss to Santana.

Carlson went on to fight 19 professional matches and remained undefeated. Carlson reigned as world champion for 30 years in the 1950s, 60s and 70sAt age 20 riding on his new found fame Carlson Gracie opened his own academy. At that time there were only 2 academies in Brazil under the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Team – the original Gracie academy in the city and Carlson’s in Copacabana.

Carlson had his own approach to teaching Jiu-Jitsu with a more aggressive style of training and a reputation of not holding any information back from his students. With Carlson’s unique style of training, conditioning and techniques, the Carlson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu academy in Copacabana went on to produce world champions in Jiu-Jitsu, Submission Wrestling and Vale Tudo/No Hold Barred. This led to Carlson Gracie becoming one of the most sought after coaches in Jiu-Jitsu history.

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