A Brief History of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

In 1914, a prominent Judo master and fighter from Japan named Mitsuyo Maeda (A student of Judo founder Jigoro Kano) emigrated to Brazil. Once there, Mitsuyo wanted to help form supports for other Japanese immigrants to that country. He was befriended and assisted by a Brazilian politician named Gastao Gracie. In appreciation, Maeda offered to teach his martial art to Gastao’s young son, Carlos. Carlos in turn taught his other brothers, most notably Helio Gracie. Modifying their lessons and blending them with Brazilian street and indigenous fighting methods, they refined their techniques and developed a system they named Gracie Jiu-Jitsu.

This new system would be tested on the streets of Brazil as well as in no-rules competitions, where it was pitted against other martial arts styles. Gracie Jiu-Jitsu proved to be consistently dominant in these contests. Today, most of the world knows Gracie Jiu-Jitsu by its more generic name, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Styled after a Judo variant that focuses on ground-based defense, a combination of wrestling, submission holds and chokes are learned and used. While Maeda did have other Brazilian students that developed their own variants of his Judo and Jiu-Jitsu method, the Gracie lineage has proven to be the most notable over the past 100 years.

Through the years, knowledge has been passed from teacher to student, carrying personality and wisdom from each contributor. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu carries with it an expectation of respect for all who enter into the teacher-student relationship. Its hallmark is the adaptation process it constantly goes through, where new techniques and perspectives are always being developed. This adds creativity and enjoyment to the overall learning process.

Our Classes

Our classes are divided between two variations of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, one being Gi (with kimono), and other being NoGi (without kimono). The focus and layout of each class is geared towards constant development. We start with warm-ups and drills, follow with technique and theory, and finish with Randori (live sparring with partners). No matter your skill level, whether you are looking to get fit, find a recreational activity, push yourself and compete, or just something try something fun and new, our BJJ programs will provide a lifetime of opportunity, enjoyment and good vibes.

BJJ Affiliation

Our Jiu-Jitsu lineage passes from a direct line back to Maeda. As we teach and move forward, we constantly strive to respect where we came from. Loyalist is an affiliate of Team Ronin Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, which has continued to refine a system of techniques and instruction that assists students in developing knowledge and potential. It has produced a very successful BJJ Competitive Team that has travelled the world and attended all of the major tournaments, including the IBJJF Worlds, Pan-Ams/No-Gi Pan-Ams. Asian Open, Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu, ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship, NAGA, Grappler’s Quest, and numerous other local, provincial, and national tournaments in Canada.

Our Lineage

Mitsuyo Maeda

Carlos Gracie

Helio Gracie

Rickson Gracie

Antonio “Tonicao” Collares

Murilo Rupp

Eduardo Alexandre Machado

Felipe Heidrich

Ryan Kellar

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