Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Horsham West Sussex

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Horsham


Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Horsham, although obviously similar in many respects to Judo and other traditional systems of Japanese Jiu Jitsu, differs in some fundamental ways from all other related systems. Judo was originally designed as a powerful system of self-defense that also included a sportive component and the idea of self-cultivation and the mutual benefit of members of society. Presently, although the techniques of Judo may certainly be applied in real fighting situations (and many practitioners of "sport" Judo have applied their skills very effectively in non-sportive confrontations), the emphasis in most schools is on sport competition. During the course of the last century the rules of Judo began to emphasize means of achieving victory in competition that did not necessarily reflect the conditions of all in fighting. For example, a Judo match may be won by a throw or a pin hold without a submission. These rules and limited groundwork that forbids many of the original submission holds found in early Judo somewhat limit direct applicability to street fights. Other styles of classical Jiu Jitsu are still plagued by the original problem Kano addressed with his emphasis on randori, namely, technical training is limited to kata practice.

Carlos Gracie was taught by Master Maeda in the city of Belém do Pará in Brazil, but due to financial difficulties moved to Rio de Janeiro. Mituyo Maeda also moved away returning sometime after to establish a school where his lineage is still very much alive, though he never to see Carlos again. In Rio de Janeiro, 1925 Carlos established his first school of Jiu Jitsu in the Marques de Abrantes Street, number 106. To help out with the school he brought in his brothers and taught them his master’s art. The brothers were: Oswaldo, George, Gastão and Hélio Gracie. Carlos and his brothers would go on to promote their academy through a series of challenges, some with no rules, where they would fight men of any size or weight proving their style’s superiority.

Though Helio became possibly the most famous family member of the Gracie brothers, it was George Gracie the one that held the family’s name highest competitively from that first generation of Gracie combatants. Helio Gracie did compete successfully also, but his two most famous fights were also his worst defeats, to Masahiko Kimura and Waldemar Santana, two fights he lost when he was already reaching his 40’s against bigger and younger men.

As Carlos Gracie got more involved with the business side of the family and George’s wild ways separated him from his brothers chain of thought, it was Helio that took responsibility in keeping the school a tight unit. Helio Gracie was also given the responsibility of raising most of Carlos Gracie’s household, teaching them the family martial arts trade. Since the 1920’s the Gracie family has been able to produce consistent talent through every generation, making it one of the strongest martial arts lineages in the world and the strongest amongst Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Horsham.


Horsham West Sussex

Horsham is a historic market town in West Sussex offering much for visitors and locals alike. Horsham itself is a mixture of the old and the new, with historic streets being wrapped around the large but slightly unglamorous Swan Walk shopping centre in the heart of the town.Horsham shopping has a really good mix of retailers large and small however and is a pleasant place to shop.Just a few yards away from the shops, The Causeway is one of the finest streets in Sussex, with a lovely mixture of old buildings, mature trees and the great Horsham Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin and the peaceful Memorial Garden at the Causeway's southern end. The Causeway even has its own ghost.


BJJ in Horsham West Sussex

While, in most martial arts, there’s a natural hierarchy – stronger, fitter men tend to fare better – Brazilian jiu-jitsu in Horsham is a great leveller. As Roach puts it: “There’s no fat or thin, rich or poor. Everyone’s the same on the mat. Everyone wears the same £60 gi.” That many of

the men I roll with are a good few kilos heavier than me would matter far less, too, if I had even a modicum of technique, because Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Horsham was devised to counteract just such imbalances.

Carlos Gracie is often regarded as the father of the martial art, having founded the first academy in Rio de Janeiro in the 1920s, but his younger brother Hélio should at least be considered its uncle. A frail child who was often excused from school on health grounds, Hélio adapted the techniques he had learned to compensate for his weakness, leveraging, well, leverage instead of strength.

The Gracie brothers earned renown in their native land with a series of “vale tudo” (“anything goes”) challenges. One of Hélio’s sons, Rorion, opened the first American Gracie Academy in LA, where – as the legend goes – he offered $100,000 to anyone who could beat him or his brothers. Recognising the first-ever UFC as a major marketing opportunity, Rorion cannily put forward not himself or his brother Rickson, who resembled a bald Marlon Brando on steroids, but his smaller sibling Royce, dressed in white to look innocent. Rorion knew that Royce’s 


Brazilian Jiu Jitsu West Sussex