The Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Philosophy

The practice of Jiu-Jitsu goes beyond the execution of throws, chokes, immobilisations, strikes, and joint locks. A true appreciation and understanding of the Jiu-Jitsu philosophy prepares you for life. It guides you to a healthier lifestyle and the most efficient use of mental, physical, and spiritual strength.

Beyond the mat, Gracie family members live balanced, healthy lives based on the philosophy of their gentle art. Jiu-Jitsu is more than hobby. More than a martial art. It’s a way of life.  Looking after your body is Jiu-Jitsu, eating well is Jiu-Jitsu, looking after your community is Jiu-Jitsu.

Grand Masters Carlos and Helio Gracie believed that the principles of patience, efficiency, and control were vital to succeed in any aspect of life. They lived this way of life for almost a century.

The philosophy of Jiu-Jitsu defines the state of mind that a warrior should be able to adopt in combat to enable victory. It is a philosophy of yielding to an opponent’s force instead of trying to oppose force with force.

Ulitmately, the fundamentals for good Jiu-Jitsu are also the fundamentals of good character.

The Gracie Triangle, is the widely recognized symbol of the Gracie Academy, and has evolved over the years. You will see it on the front of every academy or martial arts school dedicated to teaching the philosophy and techniques and of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. The triangle represents a stable base. Regardless of the position, it always has a strong base. The three sides of the triangle represent the three components of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu mastery; mind, body, and spirit. The slight indent close to the top of the triangle forms the letter “G” for Gracie. The two fighters inside represent all those who practice Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and seek to master their mind, body, and spirit in Jiu-Jitsu and in life.