Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Team Jucao Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) is a martial art that focuses on grappling and ground fighting. BJJ promotes the concept that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend against a bigger, stronger, heavier assailant by using technique and leverage. It was formed from Kodokan judo newaza (ground fighting) techniques that were taught by a number of individuals including Takeo Yano, Mitsuyo Maeda and Soshihiro Satake. BJJ eventually came to be its own art through the practice and adaptation of judo by Carlos and Helio Gracie. They passed their knowledge on to their extended family.

Since its inception in 1882, BJJ’s parent art of judo was separated from older systems of Japanese jiu-jitsu by an important difference that was passed on to BJJ. It is not solely a martial art, but it is also a sport. It is a method for promoting physical fitness and building character in young people. Ultimately, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a way of life.

Over the years, many people have written about Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and what it means to them. We encourage you to explore their writing to learn more.

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We offer Brazilian Jiu Jitsu instruction with an emphasis on the fundamentals and the connecting of techniques. Come develop a solid foundation on which to begin or continue your Jiu Jitsu journey.

Perfect martial arts for kids, teens, men and women. We offer classes for all genders and ages. Brazilian jiu jitsu is the most effective martial arts in the world.

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Ailson Henrique “Jucao” Brites
Founder of Team Jucao / Head Jiu-Jitsu Instructor

Ailson Brites, commonly known as “Jucão” is the highest ranking jiu-jitsu black belt on the east coast. He is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ) 6th degree black belt under Carlos Gracie Jr. and a highly accomplished figure in the sport/martial art, both as a competitor and coach, having been involved in the development of grapplers such as Robson Moura, Suyan Queiroz, Roberto “Tussa” Alencar, to name a few, while conquering medals in important tournaments including the Pan American, European Open, Masters World, International Masters & Seniors and many other championships.

Chad Smith
Kids BJJ instructor

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