Robert Drysdale has been traveling all over Brazil and Japan gathering historical data for the documentary film “Closed Guard”. Some of what he’s found may make you question what you thought you knew about BJJ’s history! Click “read more” for show notes! SHOW NOTES:

  • Closed Guard the film
  • Jiu-Jitsu history books that are out there
  • The difficulty of finding facts on Jiu-Jitsu’s history
  • Maeda’s relationship with his Brazilian students
  • Jasinto Ferro
  • Were many BJJ masters self-taught?
  • What he feels is the greatest contribution the Gracie’s made to Jiu-Jitsu
  • How close is BJJ to Judo’s Newaza?
  • How did BJJ become so ground focused?
  • The strength of the Gracie lineage
  • George Gracie: The first family champion
  • Fixed fights in the 1920’s and 30’s
  • Was Catch Wrestling in Brazil before Jiu-Jitsu?
  • Did Maeda bring Japanese JuJutsu or Judo to Brazil?
  • Was Maeda the first Japanese master teaching in Brazil?
  • Sada Miyako
  • The Fransisco Sa lineage
  • The contrasting cultures between Japan and Brazil
  • How Brazil’s culture affected the growth of Jiu-Jitsu
  • The Pummel
  • Searching Japan for historical data
  • What impact he expects the film to have on the BJJ community