The art of modern day Brazilian Jiu Jitsu was originally derived from the Japanese martial art of Kodokan Judo in the early 20th century, which was developed from a number of schools of Japanese Jujutsu in the 19th century by Kano Jigoro and one of his students Mitsuyo Maeda.
In 1916, 14-year-old Carlos Gracie watched a demonstration by Mitsuyo Maeda (aka Count Coma) and was inspired to learn the art. Gracie was accepted by Maeda as a student and went on to become a great exponent of the art. Ultimately, along with his younger brother Hélio Gracie, Carlos founded Gracie Jiu Jitsu (what we now refer to as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu or Jiu Jitsu).
Carlos Gracie Jr. followed in his father’s footsteps, winning numerous world championships and producing many world champion black belts. One of these notorious champions is Rigan Machado, now an 8th degree red/black belt. In 1988, Chris Haueter (now a 4th degree black belt) began his training in California under Rigan Machado. In 1996, Haueter became one of only a handful of Americans to be awarded with a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Like the great instructors before him, Haueter has produced his own line of incredible Machado black belts, including owner and founder of Impact Jiu Jitsu, Michael Chapman (now a 3rd degree black belt).
All martial arts training should only be used to better ones self and as a path to higher understanding of ones self. Martial arts should never be used with the intention of purposely seeking to cause harm to others.
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