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    5700 W 36th St.
    St. Louis Park, MN 55416
    Phone: (952) 920-8984
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    3500 Dodd Rd.
    Eagan, MN 55123
    Phone: (651) 340-4349


    I created a flag for the sport`s dignity. I oversee the name of my family with affection, steady nerves and blood.
    - Helio Gracie

    Mituyo Maeda
    Mitsuyo Maeda (前田 光世 Maeda Mitsuyo, November 18, 1878 – November 28, 1941). Pioneered sport variants of traditional "Jiu Jitsu" in Brazil, the United Kingdom, and other countries
    "Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu", also commonly referred to as Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, can trace its origins back to India. Eventually, Jiu-Jitsu spread from Southeast Asia to China and finally arrived in Japan where it was further developed. In the last days of the 19th century, some Jiu-Jitsu masters emigrated from Japan to other continents, teaching the martial arts as well as taking part in fights and competitions. Mitsuyo Maeda arrived in Brazil in 1915 and later met Gastao Gracie. Gastao’s eldest son, Carlos, began studying under Maeda. At nineteen, Carlos moved to Rio de Janeiro with his family and began teaching and fighting. In his travels, Carlos would teach classes, and also proved the efficiency of the art by beating opponents who were physically stronger. In 1925, he returned to Rio and opened the first school, known as the "Academia Gracie de Jiu-Jitsu." Carlos’ younger brother, Helio, eventually began refining the techniques of Jiu-Jitsu to be more accommodating to his frame.

    Through years of trial and error, Helio refined the system to be based entirely on leverage. Over the course of many years, Helio had many bouts to prove the effectiveness of what is today known as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu continued to be developed by family members such as Carlson, Rolls, and Rickson. This culminated in the first Ultimate Fighting Championship in 1993 where one of Helio’s sons, Royce, defeated three larger opponents in one night relying on the effectiveness of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Thanks to the founders and refiners of the art Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is practiced today by thousands of people for self-defense, sport, and fitness.
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