Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Has Origins in Japan

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Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
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Drawing on his years of service in the acquisitions arena, Big Sur, CA, resident Frank Chenault leads Chenault Enterprises, a merger and acquisitions company he founded. Outside of his professional pursuits, Frank Chenault trains in the martial art of Brazilian jiu-jitsu.

The origins of Brazilian jiu-jitsu date back to Japan as a form of Kodokan judo, or ground fighting. The practice was taken to Brazil by practitioners and eventually emerged as its own martial art and sport. It was given the moniker Brazilian jiu-jitsu to distinguish the method different from others of the same or similar name but separate lineages.

According to Black Belt magazine, the Gracie family created the Brazilian version of jiu-jitsu. The Gracies received their knowledge and training from Esai Maeda, who was stationed in Brazil as chief of a Japanese immigration colony. While in Brazil, Esai Maeda became friends with Gastao Gracie and taught his son jiu-jitsu.

Gracie’s son Carlos eventually opened a school in Brazil with his brothers. The school was the first of its kind in Brazil. Helio, another Gracie brother, altered the techniques to fit his smaller size. These adjustments led to what is known as Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Brother Rorion brought the techniques to the United States, where it became popular within the mixed martial arts (MMA) community.

In addition to serving as a form of defense, Brazilian jiu-jitsu has several other benefits, including its ability to enhance discipline, physical fitness, and mental clarity.

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