Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art, combat sport, and self defense system that focuses on grappling and ground fighting. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was formed from Kodokan Judo ground fighting fundamentals that were taught to Carlos Gracie and Luiz França by Mitsuyo Maeda. Carlos Gracie is known as the founder and creator of modern Jiu Jitsu. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu eventually came to be its own art through the experimentation, practices, and adaptations of Masters Carlos and Hélio Gracie; who then passed their knowledge on to their extended family including Carlson Gracie.  First Strike Martial Arts Head Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructor Professor Sean McHugh received his training and his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt from Master Marcus Soares who is an 8th degree Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Coral Belt directly under the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu & MMA legend and pioneer Grand Master Carlson Gracie Sr.

Arm bar submission hold

Carlson Gracie Sr, First Strike Head instructor Sean McHugh and Marcus Soares in 2005

Because 95% of all confrontations end up in a clinch and/or on the ground Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has proven to be the most effective martial art in real life confrontations. In addition to being a highly effective martial art BJJ is also an amazing way to get into shape.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Instructors

Professor Sean McHugh