Guerrilla Jiu-Jitsu is a comprehensive martial arts system, combining the technicality and fluidity of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, the explosiveness and timing of Olympic Judo, the persistent mentality of wrestling, all while holding true to the essential function behind any martial art: self defense. Guerrilla Jiu-Jitsu is primarily a non-striking, grappling art that provides the practitioner the tools to defend him or herself against opponents of all sizes and statures, emphasizing the power of proper technique as a force to balance out potential strength disadvantages. Our focus is to encourage those interested in martial arts to reach their full mental, physical and technical potential, all the while participating and being involved in a fun, family friendly, yet hard working and focused environment. Guerrilla Jiu-Jitsu is a martial arts system appropriate for anyone, whether it be the individual looking to get in shape, heighten one’s ability to defend him or herself, or the experienced practitioner looking to take his or her Jiu-Jitsu to the next level. It is with pride that we provide Guerrilla Jiu-Jitsu students and members with the most complete, up to date training methods taught by experienced instructors, all within a clean, fun and professional environment.
History of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
The art began with Mitsuyo Maeda (aka Conde Koma, or Count Coma in English), an expert Japanese judoka and member of the Kodokan. Maeda was one of five of the Kodokan’s top groundwork experts that Judo’s founder Kano Jigoro sent overseas to spread his art to the world. Maeda left Japan in 1904 and visited a number of countries giving “jiu-do” demonstrations and accepting challenges from wrestlers, boxers, savate fighters and various other martial artists before eventually arriving in Brazil on November 14, 1914.
Since its inception, judo was separated from jujutsu in its goals, philosophy, and training regime. Although there was great rivalry among jujutsu teachers, this was more than just Kano’s ambition to clearly individualize his art. To Kano, judo wasn’t solely a martial art: it was also a sport, a method for promoting physical fitness and building character in young people, and, ultimately, a way (Do) of life. It is often claimed that BJJ is a development of traditional Japanese jujutsu, not judo, and that Maeda was a jujutsuka. However, Maeda never trained in jujutsu. He first trained in sumo as a teenager, and after the interest generated by stories about the success of judo at contests between judo and jujutsu that were occurring at the time, he changed from sumo to judo, becoming a student of Kano’s Kodokan judo. He was promoted to 7th dan in Kodokan judo the day before he died in 1941.