A mini-documentary on the history and origins of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, beyond the Gracie family and Mitsuyo Maeda.

I’ve been working on this project for the past 2-3 months (thanks to the shutdowns) and I can happily say that it’s finally done 🙂

This video collects all the new findings and details about the origins of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu that have been made available by the Brazilian National Library, since it became digitized about 12 years ago, facilitating the job of many researches and historians.

This video is dedicated to those who have been forgotten or unappreciated.

Professor Gustavo Gasperin


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Cairus, J. (2012). The Gracie Clan and the Making of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: National Identity, Culture and Performance, 1905 – 2003.

Krueger, M. (2015). Jujutsu, Judo and Jiujitsu: A Historical Comparison of Terms.

Uyenishi, S. K. (1906). The Text-Book of Ju-Jutsu as Practised in Japan.

O’Brien, J. J. (1905). A Complete Course of Jiu-Jitsu and Physical Culture .