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How Brazilian jiu-jitsu transformed martial arts The evolution of Brazilian jiu-jitsu The speed that Brazilian jiu-jitsu clubs have sprung up around the world over the last quarter of a century has been phenomenal. Originally a Japanese grappling art related to judo, old-school jiu-jitsu was adapted by some very tough Brazilians to become the devastating martial art it is today. Meaning “gentle art” in Japanese, jiu-jitsu dates back well over a thousand years and has its origins in the unarmed combat that Samurai warriors practised in case they should ever find themselves on the battlefield without a sword. In the early...

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'Jiu-jitsu helped me out of a really dark place' -  -By Sam Laird, former Royal Marines Commando and co-founder of The Green Retreat Ever since I started judo when I was 11, I have loved all martial arts. But in the last few years, my training has taken on a new level of importance, because it has been a vital part of keeping my mental health on track. I joined the Royal Marines at 17 and did three tours of Afghanistan. Losing friends and comrades is never easy, and it definitely took a toll on me. Especially when we lost Sgt John Henry...

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