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Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a martial art and combat sport that focuses on grappling and especially ground fighting. Judo, dealing with throws and take downs, is a vital component of BJJ . It promotes the principle that a smaller, weaker person using leverage and proper technique can sucessfully defend agains a bigger, stronger assailant using joint-locks and choke holds to defeat an opponent. BJJ can be trained for all defense sport grappling tournaments (gi and no-gi) and mixed martial arts (MMA) competition.
Among the first of the top-notch Brazilians to make the move to America, were teh renowned Brazilian fighting family, the Machado Brothers. Through the help of martial arts legend Chuck Norris, himself a Machado student, the brothers located from Rio de Janeiro to the United States during the late 80′s and 90′s. Before setting up their Academies in Los Angeles, each of the five brothers held Brazil nation Jiu Jitsu titles in each respective weight divisions, a unique accomplishment in a highly competitive arena.The five brothers, Carlos, Rigan, Jean Jaques, John and Roger were all broth up on a diet of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu; spending most of their childhood years on the mat, and competing in innumerable local, state and national tournaments. Related to the Gracie family by marriage, the Machado’s have always been regarded as part of the inner circle of the authentic Brazilian Jiu Jitus tradition.
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