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The Gracie Family And Jiu Jitsu

Posted: October 07, 2021

The Gracie family, responsible for the founding of Gracie Jiu Jitsu, are regarded as one of if not the most successful family dynasties in the history of mixed martial arts.

At the age of 14, Carlos Gracie was introduced to a Japanese man called Mitsuyu Maeda. The rest is history - literally.

In this Ellis Academy blog, we are going to explore the history of Jiu Jitsu, how it transitioned over the decades and to conclude what we feel is the best form of self-defence.

What Is The Difference Between Judo And Jiu Jitsu?

Posted: August 24, 2021

It’s not uncommon from the outset of mixed martial arts for different styles to be compared to each other, and in this case, be questioning the difference. Both Judo and Jiu Jitsu seem to have more similarities than differences.

Key difference: Judo is a modern form of Japanese martial art and a combat sport Jiu Jitsu is the oldest and traditional Japanese martial art form. Judo has its origin from Jiu Jitsu.

In this Ellis Academy blog, we’re going to discuss what is the difference between Judo and Jiu Jitsu, the best form of self-defence, and wherein the Surrey area can you attend classes.

10 Styles Of Martial Arts

Posted: August 10, 2021

Martial arts is one of the most popular and renowned arts as well as sport in the world.


The term ‘martial arts’ refers to “The systems of combat used for self-defence, physical training, and spiritual growth.” 

The Benefits Of Martial Arts For Youths

Posted: July 21, 2021

The benefits of martial arts for youths is unquestionable. With good guidance and training, the benefits of martial arts for youths extends further than you would imagine.


Let’s get it straight, exercise for youths is great. Martial arts doesn’t just improve the mental and physical health of adults, it also provides distinct advantages for their development.

What Are The Easiest Forms Of Martial Arts To Learn?

Posted: July 15, 2021

So, you want to start learning martial art? But you don’t know where to start.


Reaping the rewards of studying martial art requires a significant amount of time, energy and discipline.

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