Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art, combat sport, and a self defense system that focuses on the concepts of fighting on the ground. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was formed from Kodokan Judo ground fighting (Ne-Waza) fundamentals that were taught to Carlos Gracie by master Mitsuyo Maeda. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu eventually came to be its own art through the experimentations, practices and, adaptation from the Judo knowledge of Carlos and Helio Gracie. They would then pass their knowledge onto their family.
BJJ promotes the concept that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend against a bigger, stronger assailant by using leverage and proper technique. This is done by taking the fight to the ground – most notably by applying joint-locks and choke holds to defeat your opponent. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu can be applied to sport grappling tournaments (gi and no-gi), Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) competition or, self-defense purposes. Sparring (commonly referred to as “rolling”) and live drilling play a major role in training. A premium is placed on performance and overall development on and off the mat. This is in relation to progress and ascension through its ranking system.
Jonatas Gurgel, also known as “Tagarela” is one of the top Jiu Jitsu fighters in the famous American Top Team (ATT). With an amazing grappling record in which you can add up World Cup, Pan American and Brazilian National BJJ titles, “Tagarela”, (who is an instructor at the ATT academy) has also added an MMA curriculum which he develops in Jiu Jitsu’s off season.
Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Carlson Gracie >Andre Pederneiras > Joao Roque >Jonatas Gurgel