Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu History

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a complete martial arts system that focuses on using leverage and technique to control, neutralize, and subdue opponents regardless of the practitioners, strength, size, or athletic ability. Its effectiveness first gained notice in North America by way of the beginning of the Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC) in 1993. In the UFCs first installments Royce a Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt and the son of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu pioneer Helio Gracie defeated several much larger opponents to the surprise of everyone watching to become the tournament champion.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu also referred to as Gracie Jiu-Jitsu is a derivative of Kodokan Judo that was brought to Brazil by Mitsuyo Maedea in 1914. In 1917 Gastao Gracie a prominent businessman in Brazil approached Maedea about teaching his eldest son Carlos, Maedea accepted and Carlos was his student for many years. Carlos then taught his brothers what he had learned form Maedea, they eventually decided to teach this fighting art of Kano Jiu-Jitsu to the public. Helio was Carlos’s younger brother and was not able to fully participate in learning the techniques with his brothers because of his small and weak body. Helio eventually made adaptive adjustments to allow him to execute techniques that used less energy and strength while focusing on submissions to finish the fight. Helio and his family continued to adapt and add on to Helios philosophy; they had created a new martial art called Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. Between the years of 1932-1955 Helio went on to challenge all takers to Vale Tudo (anything goes) matches, to prove and promote the effectiveness of his families Gracie Jiu-Jitsu.

PRIDE Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Mission Statement

Our mission at PRIDE Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is to create a safe and inclusive environment for individuals of all backgrounds and skill levels to enjoy the Jiu-Jitsu lifestyle. Our Kids BJJ program is designed to teach physical fitness, social awareness, confidence, discipline, and bully deterring techniques to our young PRIDE members. PRIDE BJJ also has a detailed Fundamental BJJ program that prepares students for unavoidable violent confrontations in the streets. Our Advanced BJJ program focuses on building upon the techniques mastered in the Fundamental BJJ program while also introducing and expounding on more creative grappling positions and techniques. Our Competition BJJ Team training is our most intense training of the week. We focus on conditioning, drilling, techniques, and developing a competition mindset that will lead you to the top of the podium at the next grappling tournament. Though the class is designed for competition minded students it is a class that everyone with at least two stripes or the instructors direct permission is welcome to attend. PRIDE BJJ is designed to cover all facets of your grappling needs; we look forward to guiding you on your journey into the Jiu-Jitsu lifestyle.