Posted on 11 February 2013 by Jim Walrod
Here you are at BJJ Naples MMA .com. We’re a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts School in Naples Florida unlike any you have ever seen. Brazilian jiu-jitsu or BJJ is mostly a martial art form, combat sport, plus a self defense purposes system that targets grappling as well as ground fighting. The art was sent to Brazil by Mitsuyo Maeda (1878-1941). Maeda originally practiced classical types of Jiu Jitsu, eventually entering the Kodokan to learn Judo.
Maeda was living in Brazil (Belem, Para) to aid and establish a Japanese Immigration colony. Presently Brazil held the greatest population of Japanese people outside Japan. He was aided through this effort to set-up the colony in Brazil by Gastao Gracie. The breakdown of Jiu Jitsu for the Gracie family was a key turning point to the popularity.
Mixed martial arts (MMA) is a full contact combat sport which enables the use of both striking and grappling techniques, both standing and also on the bottom, including boxing, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, wrestling, muay Thai, kickboxing, taekwondo, karate, judo, kung fu and various other styles. The roots of recent mixed martial arts is usually traced back to the ancient Olympics where one of the earliest documented systems of codified huge range unarmed combat was implemented in the sport of Pankration. Various mixed style contests developed throughout Europe, Japan as well as Pacific Rim during the early 1900s. The combat sport of Vale Tudo that had developed in Brazil through the 1920s was exposed to usa by the Gracie family in 1993 with the founding of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), which is the largest MMA promotion company worldwide.
A lot more dangerous Vale Tudo style bouts of the early UFCs were made safer along with the implementation of extra rules, ultimately causing the widely used regulated mode of MMA seen today. Originally promoted as a competition with the intention of selecting the most reliable fighting techniques for certain unarmed combat situations, competitors were pitted against each other with minimal rules. Later, fighters employed multiple forms of martial arts on their style while promoters adopted additional rules aimed towards increasing safety for competitors and to promote mainstream acceptance of the sport. The name ufc was coined by Rick Blume, president and CEO of Battlecade, in 1995. Following these changes, the experience has seen increased popularity with a pay per view business that rivals boxing and professional wrestling.