Brazilian jiu-jitsu is a martial art and combat sport system that primarily focuses on grappling. Brazilian jiu-jitsu was formed from Kodokan judo ground fighting (newaza) fundamentals that were taught by a number of individuals including Takeo Yano, Mitsuyo Maeda and Soshihiro Satake. Brazilian jiu-jitsu eventually came to be its own art through the experiments, practices, and adaptation of judo through Carlos and Helio Gracie (who passed their knowledge on to their extended family) as well as other instructors. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, or BJJ has exploded in popularity throughout the world in the last few decades, mostly thanks to the growth of the UFC. This martial art has proven its effectiveness time and time again both on the streets and in the ring. There is no other fighting style quite like BJJ, and its practitioners are some of the most dedicated and enthusiastic martial artists on the planet.