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Gracie Jiu Jitsu Huntington Beach

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The application of traditional Gracie Jiu-Jitsu® transcends the application of chokes, joint locks, immobilizations, throws, and strikes. Gracie Jiu Jitsu Huntington Beach is a way of life.

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Chief Instructor is Master Carlos Leal

The application of traditional Gracie Jiu-Jitsu® transcends the application of chokes, joint locks, immobilizations, throws, and strikes. Gracie Jiu Jitsu Huntington Beach is a way of life. Beyond the mat, members of the Gracie family live balanced, healthy lives based on the same philosophy that governs their unique self-defense system. Grand Masters Carlos and Helio Gracie believed that the principles of efficiency, patience, and control held the key to success in all aspects of life.

FAQs

Q Birth of Gracie Jiujitsu

Helio soon realized that due to his frail physique, most of the techniques he had learned from watching Carlos teach were particularly difficult for him to execute. Eager to make the techniques work for him, he began modifying them to accommodate his weak body. Emphasizing the use of leverage and timing over strength and speed, Helio modified virtually all of the techniques and, through trial and error, created Gracie/Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

In order to prove the effectiveness of his new system, Helio openly challenged all the reputable martial artists in Brazil. He fought 18 times, including matches against onetime world heavyweight wrestling champion, Wladek Zbyszko and the #2-ranked Judoka in the world at the time, Kato, whom Helio choked unconscious in six minutes. His victory against Kato qualified him to enter the ring with the world champion, Masahiko Kimura, the best Jiu-Jitsu fighter Japan has ever produced, and who outweighed Helio by almost 80 pounds. Kimura won the match but was so impressed with Helio’s techniques that he asked Helio to go teach in Japan claiming the techniques Helio presented during their bout did not exist in Japan. It was the recognition by the world’s best to Helio’s dedication to the refinement of the art.

At 43 years old, Helio and former student, Waldemar Santana, set the world record for the longest uninterrupted no-holds-barred fight in history when they fought for an incredible 3 hours and 40 minutes!

Widely regarded as the first sports hero in Brazilian history, Helio also challenged boxing icons Primo Carnera, Joe Louis, and Ezzard Charles. They all declined.

A dedicated family man who exemplified a healthy life-style he was the epitome of courage, discipline, determination, and an inspiration to people everywhere. A modern-day legend, Helio Gracie gained international acclaim for his dedication to the dissemination of the art and is recognized as the creator of Gracie/Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Q Location

9887 Hamilton Ave, Huntington Beach, CA 92646, United States

Q Benefits of Martial Arts

In addition to physical and mental benefits, martial arts can also teach valuable life skills such as discipline, respect, and self-control. These skills can help individuals succeed in their personal and professional lives.

Q Things included in Kids Program

Our kids program includes a wide range of classes to choose from, including beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. This allows children to progress at their own pace and achieve their personal goals.

Q Things included in Teens/Adults Program

Forms or Kata: Forms or kata are pre-arranged sequences of techniques that are performed in a specific order. These forms are used to teach proper technique, improve muscle memory, and enhance discipline and focus.

Weapons Training: Some martial arts styles also include training in the use of weapons, such as swords, staffs, or nunchucks. This portion of the program may teach students how to handle and use these weapons safely and effectively.

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