"The Jiu Jitsu I created was designed to give the weak ones a chance to face the heavy and strong.”
ABOUT BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU
The Gracie family, the founders of BJJ, modified judo and traditional Japanese jujutsu to create the art.It contains stand-up maneuvers, but it is most famous for its devastating ground-fighting
Esai Maeda—the chief of a Japanese immigration colony who was assigned to Brazil—befriended Gastao Gracie. Maeda, a former jujutsu 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’ younger brother, Helio, adjusted the techniques to suit his small frame, thereby creating Brazilian jiu-jitsu.In the early ’80s, Helio’s son, Rorion, planted the seeds of BJJ in the United States, where the art has become immensely popular. Source: Blackbeltmag.com