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Do all schools of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) come from the same original source? Or did some come down different path ways and hop on to the BJJ marketing wagon?

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Genuine Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu all stems from one man: Mitsuyo Maeda of Kodokan Judo. Maeda had numerous students the world over, and upon settling in Brazil, was featured in a circus there, where he was seen by Carlos Gracie, the eldest son of Gastao Gracie, a business partner of the circus there. Carlos was accepted as a student, passed on his training to his brothers, and Gracie Jiu-jitsu was born out of that training, adapted by the more naturally frail Helio Gracie... This is the best known form...

The other significant form is that of Luis França, who was also a student of Maeda's... Personally, I would not recognize the difference, but know the latter is recognizable by its unique forms of foot locks.

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I've studied in RCJ Machado BJJ which branched from Carlos Gracie's Jiu-jitsu school. So the Machado BJJ also follows the Mitsuyo Maeda line. I don't know if any BJJ schools out that that teach BJJ that can't trace their linage back to Mitsuyo Maeda. – Swift Jan 31 '12 at 23:33
No legitimate ones, anyway ;) – stslavik Jan 31 '12 at 23:36
all bjj came from Maeda, but it didn't all stem from the gracies after that. there are several branches straight from Maeda, which a lot of people seem to forget/ not realize. The Nova União team is a prime example of that. – Patricia Feb 2 '12 at 13:50
@Patricia: You'll notice I made that distinction already, with the example of Luis França. I am quite sure there are many other minor forms; I only intended to show the most significant (currently) as being that of the Gracie lineage. Please let me know if I can make this more clear in the post. – stslavik Feb 2 '12 at 16:40
your answer is good! i just wanted to make it a little more clear that not all bjj is from the gracies, a very common misconception. – Patricia Feb 2 '12 at 16:46

There's Morganti Jiu Jitsu that is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu style. It's usually not what is thought of when people say Brazilian Jiu Jitsu though, as Brazilian is a stand in for Gracie because Rorion sued his family members for using the name in the US.

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