BJJ’S roots began in the early 1900’s. Esai Maeda- the chief of a Japanese immigration colony who was assigned to Brazil- befriended Gasto Gracie. Maeda, a former Jiu-Jitsu champion in Japan, taught the art to Gracie’s son Carlos. In 1925, Carlos and his four brothers opened the first Jiu- Jitsu school in Brazil. Carlos’s younger brother Helio, adjusted the techniques to suit his small frame, thereby creating Brazilian Jiu -Jitsu. In the early 80’s, Helio’s son, Rorion, planted the seeds of BJJ in the US, where the art has become immensely popular.
Boa Brazilian Jiu Jitsu’s mission is to provide effective self-defense instruction by giving students the knowledge to defend themselves, without striking. Our goal is to teach our students to take their opponent to the ground. By doing so, we are able to defeat a much bigger and potentially stronger person, through the use of leverage and techniques to submit or gain dominant positions. Jiu-jitsu is known as a physical chess