Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art and the easiest way to describe it is that it was developed in order for a smaller person to properly defend themselves against a larger opponent. A man named Mitsuyo Maeda, or Conde Koma, came from Japan and ended up staying on a farm in Brazil. This farm happened to belong to a family named Gracie. He taught Carlos Gracie Sr, the eldest son, Jiu-Jitsu, and in turn Carlos Sr developed a new style and techniques to make its applications beneficial to smaller people. Thus the genesis of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
While self-defense has always been the driving focus behind BJJ, and will be covered in many different aspects in our class from Early Achievers to Adults, we have been going through an evolution process in ways and benefits that training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu provides. Especially for those that are growing up. However, it is also one of the few sport activities that people can competitively continue well into the later years of life.