Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (or Gracie Jiu-Jitsu) was started by the monks in India millenniums ago.
It made its way to the northern part of Brazil in the early 1900's and was taught Carlos Gracie Sr. by a Japanese master known as Count Koma (Mitsuyo Maeda).
In Rio de Janeiro, Carlos and his younger brother Helio refined the techniques handed down by Count Koma and developed the system known as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Feeling the need to expand, sons of Helio Gracie came to the U.S. in the eighties to prove the effectiveness of the Gracie System. Rorian, Relson, Rickson, and Royce have won many no-holds-barred (NHB) matches both in the U.S. and Japan.
With real confrontations being won again and again, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has proven itself as a great form of self-defense in the world. It is now the basis of mixed martial arts or Vale-Tudo tournaments and has a a large sport competition following. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has something for everyone from the competitive athlete to the weekend warrior. Law enforcement and the military use Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as their main self defense system for hand-to-hand combat.