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Brazillian Jiu Jitsu:

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu system provides a full set of self defense techniques (defesa pessoal), for both men and women that are used against common attacks such as headlocks, bear hugs, hair grabs, and rape to mention only a few.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a wonderful complement to a stand up based Martial Art such as Karate. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu combined with Karate will develop a stronger, more balanced and complete Martial Artist.
All ancient cultures were believed to have had some form of grappling, many believe that it began with Alexander the Great in ancient Greece. However, China and Mongolia had wrestling long before Japan had Jiu Jitsu.

Jiu Jitsu began in Japan in 1532, its primary use was for warfare. It had to be modified to make it safe for the general public. After the Feudal period in Japan, Professor Jigoro Kano developed his own system of grappling called Judo. Kano believed that ground fighting was not as important as achieving the throw or take down, so ground fighting was no longer emphasized and it became weak in Judo practitioners. Soon more rules were added so that it could become an Olympic sport, this hindered it as a realistic form of self defense.

Esai Maeda (1915) then transformed the art into more of a realistic form of self defense focused on ground fighting skills. The concept is that most fights end up on the ground and most stand up fighters have no idea what to do once they find themselves there. Meada had moved to Sao Palo to help establish a Japanese immigration colony. There he met Gastao Gracie. There Maeda taught Gracie the basic Jiu Jitsu principles and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu was born.

Master Flavio Behring began learning Jiu Jitsu when he was 14 years old, in 1947. Master Flavio Behring and his son Professor Sylvio Behring (7th Degree Black Belt) have brought Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and the Progressive Guard system all over the world as a self defense system. 

Professor Shah Franco

With over 25 years of teaching and training in the Martial Arts, Toronto's legendary MMA trainer, Professor Shah Franco is one of the most respected and well-known Traditional and Modern Martial Arts Instructors in all of Ontario. A Master of Traditional Karate, Professor Franco was one of the first Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioners to be ranked to Blackbelt in Canada directly under the legendary Master Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Professor, Sylvio Behring, of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


Professor Justin "Loaf" Bruckmann


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