Multiple time world champion Robert Drysdale came onto The Strenuous Life Podcast to share the discoveries he’s made while studying the history of BJJ for his forthcoming documentary ‘The Closed Guard’ and accompanying book “Opening Closed Guard.”
There’s a TON of good stuff here, including how Judo slowly evolved into BJJ, the role of George Gracie, why the Japanese (including Mitsuyo Maeda) were even in Brazil, the connection to catch wrestling and the carnival, and so much more. If you’re interested in the history of BJJ then this is a must-listen!
Here’s just some of what we talked about…
00:52 – Opening Closed Guard, the book
06:16 – The first Japanese martial artists in Brazil
16:51 – Who was Mitsyuo Maeda?
19:27 – The role of the circus in the development of BJJ
23:20 – Early lineages of jiu-jitsu in Brazil
31:02 – The development and role of Vale Tudo fighting
33:08 – Why jiu-jitsu became so ground oriented
43:41 – The importance of George Gracie
45:47 – Helio Gracie’s early fights
47:58 – The period of decline in jiu-jitsu
52:36 – BJJ between the 1950’s and 1990’s
1:02:26 – The role of jiu-jitsu federations
1:09:07 – Effects of legalizing heel hooks
1:15:16 – BJJ in the Olympics
How to Listen to Robert Drysdale on the History of BJJ
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