Mississauga Martial Arts
Adult Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Our main focus is to empower the community with zero interest in training future amateur or professional fighters.
We pride ourselves in cultivating an amazing atmosphere while providing a safe and fun environment for our students
We want our students to come to our classes to acquire knowledge on how to defend themselves and their families while getting a good work out.
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COVID-19 CLASS FORMAT STAGE 2
You have the choice to practice with a grappling dummy or an assigned training partner that you will train with till the next stage.
Warm up Solo Drills
Grappling dummy Technique Practice
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History Of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu PART 1
wrestling might be the oldest sport in human history it is also probably the most diverse nearly every nation or cultural group possesses its own wrestling tradition which describes different ways to throw pin and grapple with an opponent of all of these traditions there is one that is unusually modern and has proved to be unusually influential Brazilian jiu-jitsu which has if the last years emerged as an internationally recognized sport and a progenitor of modern mixed martial arts so what exactly is Brazilian jiu-jitsu and where did it come from the Year was one of significant change in Japan the feudal system had collapsed the Tokugawa Shogunate was replaced and the country had become increasingly westernized as a result certain historic features of Japanese society started to disappear one of these was the samurai clothes who were quickly phased out by military reforms the fall of the samurai was accompanied by a general decline in martial culture traditionally aristocrats had employed martial arts instructors as a matter of course and samurai families would train in archery sword fighting and unarmed combat the latter was generally referred to as jujitsu and prescribed different ways to throw strike or pin an armoured opponent in post feudal Japan these practices became obsolete it was said that times have changed and such things and either useful or relevant [Music] born into a wealthy family in a boy named tecora karna would grow up alongside these wider changes in Japanese society karna was educated at a prestigious language school in Tokyo and throughout his youth he was unusually small and frail and was regularly bullied by other children around the time he joined the Imperial University in he sought out someone who could teach him how to defend himself this proved to be difficult falling demand had meant that most martial arts schools were now closed however karna was persistent and eventually he met a series of teachers who specialized in different styles also known as read or traditional Jiu Jitsu karna was a diligent student and began travelling to meet other martial arts masters fearful that their knowledge would be lost forever some masters even sort out karna who had gained a reputation of his analysis of the traditional martial arts sadly nearly all were old without disciples Karnas period of training and research lasted some five years and he gradually developed a central thesis the Jiu Jitsu was an important part of Japanese cultural heritage and should be preserved some parts of jiu jitsu were designed specifically for the battlefields of feudal japan and these were no longer practical however other techniques were effective and still relevant in the modern world karna then proceeded by keeping what I felt should be kept and discarding what I felt should be discarded until On June the th he formally established Kodokan judo Kodokan judo was designed to be a consolidated system of effective martial arts techniques on top of this Conor stressed its importance as a form of physical education and intellectual training even the etymology of the word judo meaning the gentle way employed a broader moral or philosophical significance karna quickly set up a dojo where he could teach which became known as the Kota can and accumulated a small but dedicates a group of students who adhered to a strict regimen of training study and physical exercise the practical teachings of Judo consisted of nagaihas ax throwing techniques which prescribed different ways to throw an opponent and kotomi OWASA or grappling techniques which aimed to incapacitate an opponent by applying pins chokes and joint locks Connor emphasized the importance of throwing and for that reason a great number of experts in Nagi Raza were fostered during the early years of the Kodokan over the next five decades the Japanese would embrace judo as a national sport and a fundamental part of the education system Carnot students would also begin to export judo to other countries and one of these was Brazil the country which embraces % of all of South America the country of millions of people Japan was not the only place that had been developing martial arts techniques some , miles away in the newly founded Republic of Brazil people were discovering exciting ways to fight one another for public entertainment unique to Brazil was capoeira an acrobatic style of kicking and movement there have been developed by displaced African slaves in addition to capoeira there were other forms of combat sport that were performed at a particular venue the circus Brazilian circuses contain the usual kind of variety shows acrobatics animal tamers and strongmen alongside them there were also public competitions that came in a couple of broad categories the most common was loot – Romana a form of wrestling that was primarily choreographed for entertainment there was luteal every which unlikely – Romana was not choreographed and involved genuine wrestling matches boxing was also popular along with Saavik a former French kickboxing it was in its diverse environment that a young Japanese man could say to me aku found himself when he arrived at Rio de Janeiro Harbor in Miyako identified himself as a jujitsu instructor and it wasn’t long before he found work at a local circus Coupe DeVille Yao Internacional Miyako was seen competing on a daily basis against wrestlers and he offered prizes to anyone who could be him locals were perplexed at the ostensible differences between jiu-jitsu and traditional wrestling styles most noticeably the use of a kimono or judogi as an outfit for training newspapers subsequently explained that jiu-jitsu was the art of fighting based on skill and technique that was the sport of the samurai it is unclear exactly what my acos credentials were and there’s no evidence that he ever trained at the Kodokan with any of carnies judo cos it is also unclear whether Miyako was a particularly formidable opponent there are no records of any major victories and we do know that he was famously defeated by a capoeira master in said a Miyako left the country that same year and failed to make a significant impact on Brazilian sports and culture this was all about to change when in another Japanese national arrived on the shores of Brazil his name was mitsuyo maeda and unlike Miyako he had a clear and well-defined a degree in judo my EDA had started training at the Kodokan in at the age of he was part of the second wave of Carnage disciples and quickly rose through the ranks to become a top student he taught judo for a while at Waseda University where he specialized in Coast and judo rules which placed a great emphasis on ground fighting my EDA soon became Restless though and wished to test his skills against fires from around the world in he travelled to the United States then England Russia Portugal France and Havana in each location white had competed against the local fighters whether they were wrestlers boxers server exponents jiu-jitsu men generic tough guys or barroom brawler ‘he’s his willingness to fight against other styles made him the prototypical mixed martial artist and he earned the nickname Condor coma or count combo eventually my EDA’s travels led him to Sao Paulo where like Miyako and the local wrestlers he began by exhibiting his skills at circus shows he offered francs to anyone who could defeat him and to anyone who could last minutes most of his challenges were amateurs presumably interested in the prospect of reward money which they invariably failed to win one challenger was described as a mosquito he only managed to survive the first minute thanks to comas gentlemen the attitude my ADA’s subsequently travelled around the country fighting legitimate opponents such as the boxer Alfredo Laconte he defeated in by the fighting days of the aging leader were drawing to a close he settled down in Berlin where he opened a small Academy my EDA’s journey through Brazil had left a powerful impression and driven popular fascination with the exotic Japanese art of Judo which the Brazilians referred to by a naturalized version of its more general name jiu-jitsu perhaps more importantly he had been able to teach people along the way one of these individuals was a young man in Carlos Gracie Carlos was the eldest of five brothers there was also was Waldo Gaston George and the youngest brother Elio this is where things get rather confusing and narratives begin to diverge Carlos’s version of the story is as follows he was living in Belen and when my ITA’s Academy opened he was one of the first students to sign up he trained with my eda for around three years and was able to develop fundamental judo skills directly from the source the jiu-jitsu historian Roberto pedrera disagrees with Carlos’s account arguing that Kondik Houma was not in Belem for the entire three-year period that Carlos claimed he was comers price people instead pedrera claims Carlos most likely learned from a man called Donato Perez Dos Rios who was in turn a direct student of Maeda whatever the truth we know that by the Gracie family were teaching jiu-jitsu as an academy in the southern part of Rio with Carlos acting as manager it was only natural that all five brothers would become involved and they quickly immersed themselves in the wider scene of competitive martial arts things had changed since the days of pavilion Internacional and wrestling matches had graduated beyond circus exhibitions to become a fully independent spectator sport the popularity of these matches peaked in the s and Brazil’s cities hummed with the activity of different competitors who were fighting challenging and rematching one another on a regular basis the Gracie’s thrived in this environment and the brothers began issuing challenges to local fighters in alone the graces for when at least eight different matches these included victories against Garibaldi kilo cat wrestling a Mario Alexa the capoeira expert Carlos participated in his first and only public match in the same year against Ruffino dos Santos which he lost by disqualification the rest of the s continued in much the same fashion matches were fought regularly and conformed to a variety of rulesets luta livre rules allowed for most grappling techniques although strikes of any kind were forbidden jiu-jitsu rules were similar but participants would wear judo Gees and by the middle of the decade there was valet to de lor anything-goes which permitted striking as well as grappling and closely resembled the rules of modern MMA the first official Valley d match is generally recognized to be George Gracie’s victory of a Tico Soledad the so called goal of Copacabana in the great seats were not the only two Jitsu representatives who were active in this period poverty in rural Japan had caused waves of emigrations of Brazil and by the s there was a large Japanese population in the country this community included fighters like Takeo Yano Geor Mori and the only runs wolf for men had trained at the Kodokan and for in regular and well-documented matches in Brazil against boxers wrestlers and most importantly Gracie’s before his Valley two-day fight with Jorge Gracie in GA amore was interviewed by a local journalist who reported he believes fights are won in the ring and not in the newspapers the enigmatic Japanese doesn’t talk he just smiles and no one knows what he is smiling about what mystery is a hidden beneath that face in late George Gracie new to Belo Horizonte signaling a large split within the Gracie clan George had recently started training with a group of luta livre fighters including the great Hercules Tatum Carlos was not happy about this and subsequently told the papers that George does not represent our Academy George responded that Carlos was never a fighter in some ways he was right if we look at the records Carlos had participated in one substantiated public match which he lost via disqualification this is compared to countless matches fought by the other brothers Elio and Jorge however wherever Carlos may have lapped as a competitor he made up for as a businessman he was a shrewd publicist he was able to maintain a good relationship with the press and organized countless jiu-jitsu demonstrations to advertise the Academy he even published his own book an introduction to jiu-jitsu his ability to market the family trade was one of the secret weapons that allowed the gracie brand to achieve the fame and stardom of its later years another secret weapon was the stylistic evolution of jiu-jitsu on my EDA’s Coast and judo had always stressed the imports of Noah’s as well as throwing the Gracie’s began placing a greater emphasis on ground fighting and particularly these of the gold while this meant that the Gracie’s were usually outmatched by Japanese fighters on the feet they became very difficult to be on the ground and competitions would often end in a stalemate this allowed the Gracie’s to maintain long unbeaten streaks which would then prove to be good marketing material for Carlos Elio for instance was able to draw against dangerous judokas such as Takeo Yan oh and yes sweetie Oh No by adopting a defensive guard position and Ono would concede after his match that Ellie OS guard is a terrible enemy we can even draw parallels with the history of football in Brazil the sport was originally introduced by the British in and Brazilians quickly adapted the rigid style of Anglo European football to emphasize dribbling positional fluidity and personal Flair as with the evolution of jiu-jitsu the Brazilians were not content to simply replicate a foreign sport they sought to developer and make it their own by the dark clouds of war hung over Europe and back in Brazil public excitement regarding jiu-jitsu began to decline two years later German u-boats started sinking Brazilian merchant vessels from Brazil declared war on the Axis powers this decision complicated Japanese brazilian relations from the large immigrant population was viewed nervously by the brazilian government as a potential fifth column the combination of economic downturn fear of Japanese culture men that jujitsu competitions were rare through the rest of the decade and locals lamented the death of jujitsu they were right in more ways than one it’s Meada died in his home in Berlin his last words were I want to drink Japanese water I want to go back to Japan unfortunately he could not go back however over the previous years he had successfully brought a part of Japan to Brazil and although jiu-jitsu would lie dormant for most of the s Meyer had planted the seed faced re-emergence as a brazilian national sport in the coming years