What is Gracie Jiu-Jitsu?
Gracie Jiu-Jitsu is a complete martial art made up of Standing Self Defense Techniques, Striking Techniques, Takedowns, Ground Techniques, and Philosophy. Gracie Jiu-Jitsu is based around the Five Keys of Health: Rational Nutrition, Sensible Exercise, Efficient Rest, Proper Hygiene, and a Positive Attitude. Gracie Jiu-Jitsu techniques are designed to give an average person the chance to survive an attack from a bigger and stronger aggressor. For this reason, techniques are based on leverage and technique rather than physical attributes such as speed and strength.
The History of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu
Gracie Jiu-Jitsu truely began in the early part of the 20th century. Esai "Count Koma" Maeda, a Jiu-Jitsu and Judo Master, was sent to Brazil to assist with establishing a Japanese Colony in Brazil. Gastao Gracie, a prominent politician, helped Maeda establish this colony. In exchange for this help Maeda offered to teach Jiu-Jitsu to Gracie's son Carlos. Carlos learned everything that he could from Maeda and eventually moved to Rio de Janeiro in the late 1920's and opened up the first Gracie Academy. However it would be Carlos' little brother Helio that would revolutionize Jiu-Jitsu. Helio was a small and frail child weighing no more than 145 pounds. He watched and learned as his brother taught classes. One day, Carlos was late for a lesson and Helio volunteered to teach the student. The student agreed and enjoyed Helio's class so much that he requested for Helio to be his instructor from then on. Over time Helio slowly began to modify the techniques to fit his small and unathletic body. Needing a way to test his new techniques, Helio began to engage against open challenge matches against other styles of martial arts. Helio and his family and students would take part in these challenge matches for the next 70 years without suffering a defeat.
In the late 1970's, Helio's eldest son Rorion moved to America with the intention of spreading Jiu-Jitsu to a worldwide audience. Gradually over time, the volume of students became too great for Rorion to handle alone and he brought his younger brother Royce to California in the late 1980's. In the early 1990's, Rorion began looking for a larger outlet to bring attention to his family's techniques. To meet this need, Rorion created the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) held its first event in November of 1993. Royce was selected as the family representative and triumphed. He would again be victorious in the second and fourth UFC tournaments. Over the course of the first four UFC events Royce won 11 consecutive fights, often over opponent's 50 to 100 pounds heavier than himself. This, followed by many victories from his brothers and cousins, definitively proved Gracie Jiu-Jitsu as the most effective form of Unarmed Combat in the World.
History of Triangle Jiu-Jitsu Academy
Triangle Jiu-Jitsu Academy was founded by Royce Gracie Student Jake Whitfield in May of 2007. Jake had originally been a student of Royce Gracie Black Belt Greg Thompson and a member of the powerhouse Team-ROC. He led one of the main Team-ROC academies in Chapel Hill for several years before splitting and forming Triangle Jiu-Jitsu. Since the split, Triangle Jiu-Jitsu has established itself as one of North Carolina's premier teams for Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts. Triangle Jiu-Jitsu is also the ONLY Jiu-Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts school in North Carolina that focuses its main curriculum on Self Defense. Triangle Jiu-Jitsu also has extremely successful competitors in Mixed Martial Arts and Jiu-Jitsu competitions. Here at Triangle Jiu-Jitsu we pride ourselves on our supportive and open atmosphere and we welcome anyone that wants to learn.
Rodrigo Gracie, Royce Gracie, Jake Whitfield, Travis Wheeler, Royler Gracie, and Ralek Gracie
In Loving Memory
Grandmaster Helio Gracie