Jiu-Jitsu, “the gentle art” can be traced back to India, where it was practiced by Buddhist Monks. Jiu-Jitsu spread across the Far East, finally arriving in Japan where it developed and gained further popularity.

Esai Maeda Koma, also known as “Conde Koma,” was a Jiu-Jitsu master who emigrated to Brazil. There he found Carlos Gracie, a frail fifteen year old. After 10 years of training, Carlos Gracie opened the first school, known as the “Academia Gracie de Jiu Jitsu.” in 1925, Carlos shared his knowledge with his brothers, adapting and refining the techniques to the naturally weaker characteristics of his family. With a goal of proving Jiu-Jitsu’s superiority as well as to build a family tradition, Carlos challenged the greatest fighters of his time, as well as managing the fighting careers of his brothers. Fighting opponents fifty or sixty pounds heavier, the Gracies quickly gained recognition and prestige.

Through the work of the Confederation of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Carlos Gracie Jr. contributed to the growth of the sport by holding some of the first organized competitions.

The ECU BJJ instructors’ Jiu-Jitsu lineage can be traced back to Carlos Gracie. Like our masters before us, it is our goal to spread the Art of BJJ and we do this best by instilling our students with the hard work, technique and principals of our masters. BJJ is always evolving and judo, wrestling and other martial arts techniques are often merged into our art for maximum grappling effectiveness and competition success.


The sport of submission grappling brings together techniques from catch wrestling, folk wrestling, Greco-Roman wrestling, freestyle wrestling, Jujutsu, judo, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Luta Livre and Sambo. Submission fighting as an element of a larger sport setting is very common in mixed martial arts, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, catch wrestling, and others. Submission wrestlers or grapplers usually wear shorts, skin-sticky clothing such as rash guards, speedos, and mixed short clothes so they do not rip off in combat. They are also known for using submission techniques normally banned in other arts or competitions such as heel hooks, toe holds, wrist locks.


Kickboxing is a combat sport where two opponents fight with their fists and feet. Kickboxing is a potent martial art and a great way to get a workout! Here at ECU BJJ, Kickboxing is taught in the form of a fast-paced, serious cardio work-out with elements of Muay-Thai utilized to involve the entire body into the workouts.


Many styles of martial arts are practiced for self-defense or include self-defense techniques. Some styles train primarily for self-defense, while other martial or combat sports can be effectively applied for self-defense. Some martial arts train how to escape from a knife or gun situation, or how to break away from a punch, while others train how to attack. To provide more practical self-defense for women, many modern martial arts schools now use a combination of martial arts styles and techniques, and will often customize self-defense training to suit individual participants.


incorporating elements from high-intensity interval training, Olympic weightlifting, plyometrics, powerlifting, gymnastics, girevoy sport, calisthenics, strongman, and other exercises. It is practiced by members of over 13,000 affiliated gyms, roughly half of which are located in the United States, and by individuals who complete daily workouts (otherwise known as “WODs” or “workouts of the day”).