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Is there a difference between Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?

No. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. The Gracie family is the Brazilian family responsible for the creation of the Martial Art named Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. The late Carlos Gracie Sr. learned Japanese Jiu-Jitsu and opened the first Gracie Academy. His younger brother Hélio Gracie adapted those ancient Asian techniques, creating what is known as Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. Today this fighting system from Brazil is being taught all around the world due to the courage, hard work and sacrifice of the Gracie Family and their loyal students. The name Gracie Jiu-Jitsu credits the art's Japanese roots while recognizing the family responsible for revolutionizing this millinery art and sharing it with the world. Calling it Gracie Jiu-Jitsu is not only the correct way but also a form of gratitude. Today, the major difference of Gracie/Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu styles lies between Helio Gracie's Traditional Gracie Jiu-Jitsu for self-defense and Sport Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu designed for point competition. As a student, make sure to verify the credentials, lineage, and background of your possible instructors.  
 
 

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