TIMELINE

PAST
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    2000BC – PANKRATION

       

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    356BC – INDIA / THE BEGINNING

    WITH JIU JITSU ENCOMPASSING GROUND FIGHTING AS A WHOLE, IT IS HARD TO PINPOINT JIU JITSU'S EXACT ORIGIN. MANY THEORIES DATE ALL THE WAY BACK TO ANCIENT INDIA WITH THE BUDDHIST MONKS AND THEIR PHILOSOPHY. THE GOAL IN THIS ART IS TO NEUTRALIZE AN AGGRESSOR WHILE DOING AS LITTLE HARM TO THEM AS POSSIBLE, WHILE STILL USING THE SELF DEFENSE TECHNIQUES IN THEIR PURSUIT OF SELF-MASTERY.

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    1700 – JAPAN AGE / THE EVOLUTION

    JIU JITSU DID NOT REALLY EVOLVE UNTIL CENTURIES LATER WHEN IT EXPANDED THROUGHOUT ASIA. THE SAMURAI USED IT ON THE BATTLEFIELDS AS A FIGHTING METHOD TO DEFEAT BOTH ARMED AND UNARMED OPPONENTS. THE ACTUAL TERM “JIU JITSU” — WHICH TRANSLATES AS “THE GENTLE ART” — WAS FIRST RECORDED BEING USED BY THE FIRST MAN TO EVER OPEN UP A JIU JITSU SCHOOL IN JAPAN; HISAMORI TENENUCHI.

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    1882 – JIGORO KANO / THE SPLIT

    WHEN THE FEUDAL SYSTEM IN JAPAN FELL, JIU JITSU HAD TO GO THROUGH MANY MODIFICATIONS IN ORDER FOR IT TO BE PRACTICED. THIS IS WHEN A MAN NAMED JIGORO KANO (1860-1938) CREATED A STYLE OF JIU JITSU THAT PLACED MORE EMPHASIS ON THROWS AND COULD SAFELY BE PRACTICED AT A HIGH INTENSITY WITHOUT CONSTANTLY CAUSING THE PRACTITIONERS INJURIES, WHILE PROMOTING HUMAN DEVELOPMENT. THIS STYLE WAS CALLED “KANO JIU JITSU” AND LATER “JUDO.”  

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    1914 – CONDE KOMA / THE DISCIPLE

    IT WASN’T UNTIL 1914, WHEN ONE OF KANO’S MOST REMARKABLE STUDENTS MITSUYU MAEDA (MORE COMMONLY KNOWN AS COUNT KOMA) LANDED IN BRAZIL. MAEDA HAD TRAVELED AROUND THE WORLD AS A COMPETITIVE FIGHTER AND HAD A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF TALENT AS WELL AS TRAINING IN TRADITIONAL JAPANESE JIU JITSU TO COMPLEMENT HIS JUDO. A LOCAL BUSINESSMAN BY THE NAME OF GASTAO GRACIE HELPED MAEDA GET ESTABLISHED IN HIS NEW HOME. AS A THANK YOU, MAEDA OFFERED TO TEACH GASTAO HOW TO DEFEND HIMSELF. GASTAO, HOWEVER, FELT THAT HE WAS TOO OLD AND ASKED MAEDA IF HE COULD TRAIN HIS OLDEST SON CARLOS GRACIE.

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    1916 – CARLOS GRACIE

    MAEDA USED JIU JITSU AS A TOOL TO TEACH THE YOUNG CARLOS VALUES LIKE SELF CONTROL, DISCIPLINE AND RESPECT. IN 1925 CARLOS SETTLED IN RIO DE JANEIRO, WHERE HE OPENED ACADEMIA GRACIE DE JIU JITSU. CARLOS BEGAN TO TEACH THE ART TO HIS YOUNGER BROTHERS OSWALDO, GASTAO, GEORGE, AND HELIO AS WELL AS DEVELOPING A PHILOSOPHY AND NUTRITION SYSTEM  TO COMPLEMENT THE ART. THE GRACIE FAMILY BEGAN TO GROW (CARLOS HAD 21 CHILDREN) AND THE BROTHERS BEGAN TO CHALLENGE OTHER FIGHTERS TO NO-HOLDS-BARRED FIGHTS TO PROVE THE EFFECTIVENESS OF JIU JITSU.

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    1932 – GRACIE VS SANTANA / DEFEAT

    HELIO, CARLOS’ YOUNGEST BROTHER, BECAME A NATIONAL STAR IN BRAZIL FOR HAVING PHENOMENAL FIGHTING PROWESS IN SPITE OF HIS FRAIL BODY. HE BECAME BRAZIL’S FIRST BIG SPORTS HERO. THE GRACIE FAMILY’S REPUTATION HAD TAKEN A PAINFUL BLOW AFTER HELIO LOST A THREE-HOUR AND 43-MINUTE FIGHT TO FORMER STUDENT VALDEMAR SANTANA. THAT WAS WHEN CARLOS’ OLDEST SON CARLSON GRACIE, AT THE AGE OF 23, STEPPED IN TO PRESERVE AND RESTORE THE FAMILY NAME. HE DEFEATED SANTANA AND BECAME THE NEW CHAMPION OF THE FAMILY.

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    1955 – CARLSON GRACIE / RESURRECTION

    CARLSON THEN BECAME THE “BLACK SHEEP” OF THE GRACIE FAMILY WHEN HE MOVED TO COPACABANA AND BEGAN TEACHING NON-GRACIE’S EVERYTHING HE KNEW OPPOSED TO THE WAY HIS FAMILY DID. ONLY TEACHING BASIC TECHNIQUES TO OUTSIDERS AND KEEPING THE FUNDAMENTALS TO THEMSELVES. CARLSON BEGAN TO SHAPE THE WORLD’S PREEMINENT FIGHTERS TO BECOME THE BEST TEAM EVER FORMED IN JIU JITSU HISTORY: MARIO SPERRY, WALLID ISMAIL, MURILO BUSTAMANTE, VITOR BELFORT, AMAURY BITETTI, AND RICARDO LIBORIO. ALSO AMONG THEM, ANDRE PEDERNEIRAS.

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    1990 – ANDRE PEDERNEIRAS / THE NEW UNION

    IN THE EARLY ‘90S ONE OF CARLSON GRACIE’S TOP STUDENTS AND INSTRUCTORS ANDRE PEDENEIRAS OPENED HIS OWN SCHOOL. WHILE HIS ATHLETES DID WELL AT TOURNAMENTS HE FOUND IT HARD TO WIN THE TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS BECAUSE HIS TEAM LACKED THE NUMBERS THAT OTHER ESTABLISHED JIU JITSU TEAMS HAD. THAT IS WHEN HE MET WITH A MAN NAMED WENDEL ALEXANDER AND THEY STARTED A NEW TEAM NAMED NOVA UNIAO OR “NEW UNION” WHICH FORMED MANY CHAMPIONS, MOST NOTABLY THE FIRST AMERICAN BORN BLACK BELT JIU JITSU WORLD CHAMPION BJ PENN.

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    2000 – BJ PENN / THE PRODIGY

    BJ PENN WAS THE FIRST NON-BRAZILIAN WINNER OF THE WORLD JIU-JITSU CHAMPIONSHIP IN THE BLACK-BELT CATEGORY. BJ IS REGARDED AS ONE OF THE MOST GIFTED MARTIAL ARTS FIGHTERS IN THE WORLD. HE IS KNOWN FOR HIS INCREDIBLE FLEXIBILITY AND HIS WILLINGNESS TO FIGHT ANYONE REGARDLESS OF THEIR WEIGHT CLASS. PENN HAS EARNED THE FASTEST BLACK BELT (3 YEARS) OF ALL ACTIVE BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU CHAMPIONS. PENN IS ONE OF ONLY TWO UFC FIGHTERS TO EVER HOLD BELTS IN TWO DIVISIONS.

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    2000 – RAMON LEMOS / THE SENSEI

    ANOTHER OF PEDENEIRAS’ GREAT STUDENTS WAS RAMON LEMOS. IN 2000 HE OPENED UP HIS OWN SCHOOL IN THE CITY OF RIO CLARO, BRAZIL WHICH FORMED SOME OF TODAY’S TOP JIU JITSU COMPETITORS AND WORLD CHAMPIONS. TWO OF RAMON’S STANDOUTS INCLUDE GUI AND RAFAEL MENDES, WHO HAVE STUDIED UNDER HIM SINCE THEY WERE WHITE BELTS. IN 2008, RAMON (WITH ANDRE GALVAO) DECIDED TO FORM ATOS, NAMED AFTER THE BIBLICAL BOOK OF ACTS.

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    2008 – MENDES BROS / MODERN JIU JITSU

    AFTER BECOMING WORLD CHAMPIONS IN THE BLUE, PURPLE, AND BROWN BELT CATEGORIES, THE MENDES BROS WERE AWARDED THEIR BLACK BELTS FROM PROFESSOR RAMON IN 2008. SINCE THEN, RAFAEL AND GUI HAVE WON A COMBINED TOTAL OF 9 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS IN THE BLACK BELT DIVISION. RAFAEL IS ALSO A 2X ADCC CHAMPION AND IS THE YOUNGEST MAN TO WIN THE EVENT. RAFAEL AND GUI HAVE BEEN DOCUMENTED IN DEVELOPING MANY REVOLUTIONARY POSITIONS WHICH HAS EARNED THEM THE CLAIM OF CREATING "MODERN JIU JITSU.”

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    2012 – ART OF JIU JITSU ACADEMY

    IN 2007, GUI AND RAFAEL MENDES COMPETED IN THE WORLD JIU JITSU CHAMPIONSHIP AND WON IN THE PURPLE BELT DIVISION, AT THE AGES OF 18 AND 17 RESPECTIVELY. DURING THAT TIME THE BROTHERS MET RVCA FOUNDER PAT TENORE WHO TOOK THEM IN AS A FRIEND, MENTOR AND SPONSOR. EACH YEAR THE BROTHERS WOULD COME BACK TO THE USA AND WIN THE WORLDS IN EVERY BELT CATEGORY, WHICH LED TO PAT MAKING THIS PROMISE TO THEM: "IF YOU WIN THE WORLDS IN THE BLACK BELT, WE WILL OPEN AN ACADEMY AND SHARE YOUR TECHNIQUES WITH THE WORLD.” THE BROTHERS DID THEIR PART AND IN JULY OF 2012, THE ART OF JIU JITSU ACADEMY OPENED IN COSTA MESA, CALIFORNIA.

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    PRESENT

    THIS ART HAS GIVEN AND TAUGHT US SO MUCH, NOW WE WANT TO SHARE IT AND WELCOME YOU TO BECOME A PART OF THE TIMELINE AND BUILD YOUR HISTORY WITH THE “ART OF JIU JITSU”. WE LEAVE YOU WITH THIS MOTTO: “BELIEVE AND ACHIEVE.” OBRIGADO / THANK YOU. — MENDES BROTHERS.

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