**Recent Belt Promotions**

Thanks Rodrigo Gracie for an excellent NO-GI seminar

Crazy Mike promoted to a blue belt.

Jim & Jason promoted to Purple Belts.


Royce Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. 

In 1993, Royce Gracie entered the first ever full contact No Holds Barred tournament to be held in the United States and won 3 fights in one night. With opponents outweighing him sometimes by as much as 50 lbs. the 180lb Brazilian dominated them with ease, using his families art of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. Royce went on to win 2 more UFC titles, becoming the only man to win 3 UFC tournaments ever.

Jiu-Jitsu was introduced to the US. Over the past 10 years it has reached every part of the world. Regarded by many as the most effective martial art in the world, Jiu-Jitsu utilized leverage and technique, over strength and speed, allowing for a smaller person to take on much larger aggressor. Today, Jiu-Jitsu is not only a self defense art, but also a sport, with many tournament being held in the United States and world over.
Gracie Standup Self Defense.

This course was designed to provide students with the knowledge they need to defend themselves in a real life-threatening situation.

Our curriculum includes 120 techniques that could literally save your life during a confrontation. In this class you will learn how to deal with the most common street attacks without relying on strength, speed or coordination.

Grand Master Helio Gracie has perfected the techniques and unique teaching method used in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu over a span of 70 years.

The result is a self-defense system that has been proven to work for everyone.
History of Brazilian/Gracie Jiu-Jitsu 

In 1914, a Japanese Jiu-Jitsu and Judo master named Mitsuyo Maeda, (AKA Count Koma) stopped in Brazil during his World Judo tour. Maeda decided to prolong his stay and help a Japanese colony settle in the North of Brazil.

A Brazilian diplomat named Gastão Gracie helped the colony with land and cattle. In return Koma, went against the Japanese tradition and volunteered to teach real Jiu-Jitsu to a non-Japanese, Gastão's son Carlos.

Carlos, who was the oldest of five brothers, became so fascinated with Maeda’s techniques that in 1925 he opened the first Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Helio, Carlos’ youngest brother, was physically frail and would constantly faint when doing any type of physical activity. The family doctor advised him to avoid any kind of exercise. 
Consequently, Helio would sit on the side of the mat watching Carlos teach classes. He did that for a couple of years. 

One day, when he was 16 years old, a student showed up for class, but Carlos was not around and Helio said, “My brother is not here, but if you want, I can go through the techniques with you. I’ve been watching my brother for so long that I memorized all the moves.”
Helio went through the moves with the student. He was so excited and enthusiastic about pleasing the student that when Carlos arrived and apologized for being late the student said, “I’ve had a class with your brother and if you don’t mind from now on I’ll continue taking classes with him.”

From that day on Helio became an instructor and soon after he was teaching the vast majority of the classes while Carlos became more involved with the development of the Gracie Diet and managing the fighting careers of his brothers.

In spite of his small frame and weight of only 140 pounds, Hélio became the mastermind behind the development of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, adapting the techniques of Japanese Jiu-Jitsu so that they depended entirely upon leverage, rather than strength and explosiveness. He was driven by a constant determination to find effective ways to deal with every possible aspect of a real fight.

Daring to break away from the traditional Japanese style, he began experimenting, modifying and perfecting simple techniques that would be effective regardless of stature.

That is how he developed this style of Jiu-Jitsu. Though Gracie Jiu-Jitsu descended from the ancient Japanese style, the differences are quite apparent. Many of the Japanese facets of the art, which depend on physical prowess and stiff motion, were tossed aside, leaving only pure technique.
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