The real Gracie Jiu Jitsu

For years I’ve been using the terms Gracie Jiu Jitsu and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu interchangeably.  For all intents and purposes, they are the same thing.  But after meeting Pedro Sauer and attending his seminar, I truly believe that technically speaking they are now two separate things.

In his visit to Australia, 8th degree red black belt Pedro Sauer talked to us not only about techniques but also about the history and philosophy of Gracie Jiu Jitsu.  He emphasised to us again and again that Gracie Jiu Jitsu was designed as a form of self defense.

However these days, the majority of people who practice Gracie Jiu Jitsu do the sport form of it and use techniques which only work in a competition scenario.  Similar to my previous post on pulling guard, if you try these techniques in the street then you’re going to pay a big price!

The gap is now so pronounced that I believe Gracie Jiu Jitsu now means one thing and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu means another.  So to clarify, Gracie Jiu Jitsu is a form of martial art however Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has come to describe a grappling sport.

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