What does BJJ do to your body
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) owes its current form mainly to the Gracie family.
Grandmaster Helio Gracie and his brother Carlos learned Japanese Jiu Jitsu from Count Maeda in Brazil.
Due to his rather small and at first even slender stature, Helio modified all techniques in order to defeat a larger and stronger opponent.
His sons, especially Rickson (400 fights undefeated), Royce (3-time UFC Champion) and Royler (multiple Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Champion and World Champion) are names everyone knows in the “No holds barred arena”.
The Machado family is related to the Gracie family and the five Machado brothers, John, Rigan, Jean-Jacques, Carlos and Rodriguez, grew up with the Gracie sons and trained together.
All machados hold national and world championship titles in their weight classes in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Above all is Rigan Machado, who remains undefeated in over 400 fights.
In the early 1990s, the machados emigrated to the USA. From there, Machado Jiu Jitsu spread almost all over the world.
In 1996 the director of BJJ Australia-Asia, John Will, gave his first seminar in Perth, Western Australia. This point in time can be described as my personal introduction to this fascinating type of ground combat.
The techniques and concepts were like a treasure trove for my personal development as a martial artist. Although the journey to the Black Belt is a very long and arduous one, in the end the effort pales in comparison to what has been achieved.
Anyone who reaches the Black Belt in BJJ understands that this is just the beginning of the journey.
In early 2011 I was awarded the Black Belt in BJJ by Mr. John Will (www.bjj.com.au). At the same time, I became aware of my increased responsibility as a martial artist, teacher and person. Master Perry Zmugg is in Graz, my old hometown, my deputy in Machado Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Our common motto, which the Machado brothers follow:
"LEAVE YOUR EGO AT THE DOOR, BECAUSE THIS IS A PLACE OF LEARNING"
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