Jiu-Jitsu Essay by student Eli S.

This is an essay written by one of our children student’s. Enjoy.

The word Jiu-Jitsu means gentle art. Helio Gracie was the one who made Jiu-Jitsu gentle and also possible for small people to defeat giants! Jiu Jitsu began in Japan, then it was brought to Brazil by Mitsuyo Maeda (Count Kama). Count Kama also taught the Gracie brothers, Carlos and Helio. Their sons were the ones who brought Jiu-Jitsu to the U.S.A.

Mitsuyo Maeda (Count Kama)

Mitsuyo Maeda (Count Kama)

One of the sons, Rorion, wasn’t aloud to teach so he let people have free classes in his garage and they would tell a friend and it would keep going on and on. People that did Jiu-Jitsu would normally win people that did other martial arts within the first two minutes. That helped Jiu-Jitsu become more popular.

A video demonstrating how Jiu-Jitsu became popular. Jiu-Jitsu fighters would often be paired with larger opponents to prove the effectiveness and power of Jiu-Jitsu. Through these challenges the UFC was formed and Jiu-Jitsu became world renowned.

Helio Gracie taught Rickson Gracie, who taught Jorge Pereira, who taught Paulo Guillobel, who taught Chad Keel, who teaches at Eleven Elevation.

-by Eli S. - Gray and White Belt

Chad Keel