Originated in Brazil within the Gracie family in the early 1900s, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a method of combat that aims to neutralise an opponent as quickly as possible, with minimum damage to either side. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is based around the idea that a fighter should use a variety of take downs to drop their opponent to the floor and subdue them using holds, various joint locks and chokes.
The precursors of the art were Grand Master Helio Gracie and Carlos Gracie, whom later the former became one of the precursors of the today’s version of Mixed Martial Arts. In Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the Gracie family adopted to its practioners a healthy living, which today is also known as ‘jiu jiutsu lifestyle’.
Technique is everything and although it helps to be fairly fit, you do not need to have done any other martial arts, be larger than anyone else, nor have large muscles to use these strategies and defeat your opponent.