In this very rare VHS video (of degraded quality) one
can catch a glimpse of the Gracie Jiu Jitsu system being demonstrated by
Granmestre Helio Gracie and his son Royler Gracie. These are a small sampling of the techniques
taught in the Gracie Jiu Jitsu Fundamentals classes which cover the
foundational positions and principles that are applicable not just for
self-defense but as building blocks to further study of advanced positions and
scenarios including sport-competition techniques.
Gracie Jiu Jitsu has its roots in the ancient samurai arts
of Jiu Jitsu. Japanese Jiu-Jitsu
(practiced as Judo) was introduced to the Gracie family in Brazil around 1914
by Esai Maeda, who was also known as Conde Koma. Maeda was a champion of
Jiu-Jitsu and a direct student of Kano, at the Kodokan in Japan.
Helio Gracie, the youngest son of Gastão and
Cesalina Gracie's eight children soon
realized that due to his frail physique, most of the techniques he had learned
from watching his brother Carlos Gracie teach were particularly difficult for
him to execute. Eager to make the techniques work for him, he began modifying
them to accommodate his weak body. Emphasizing the use of leverage and timing
over strength and speed, Helio modified virtually all of the techniques and,
through trial and error, created Gracie Jiu-Jitsu.
View the footage here:
Helio Gracie Jiu Jitsu footage