ABOUT OUR INSTRUCTORS
Kalil and Alex met in Abu Dhabi in 2013, where they worked together coaching the UAE National team. Four years later they both found each other again in Australia, where they reached the natural conclusion that they must combine over 30 years’ experience of coaching and competing adults and kids in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu on the world stage, to form one of Australia’s most formidable Brazilian Jiu Jitsu academies; ‘Clube de Lutas’.
The essence of ‘Clube de Lutas’ is as the name suggests (club of fights), a club where a number of different fighting and martial arts disciplines can exchange, train and grow together, to perfect their craft and better themselves. This reflects the origin and spirit in which the sport of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu was conceived.
Both Kalil and Alex have a deeply held respect for the interconnectedness and of the grappling arts, and believe in the power of continual learning, shared knowledge and growth for an individual and for a sport.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU
The introduction of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to the world is largely accredited to Carlos Gracie. Gracie initially came into contact with Jiu jitsu when his father took him to see a public Jiu Jitsu demonstration by Mitsuyo Maeda in Belém in the Paz Theatre in 1919. Maeda was a groundwork specialist and student of Jigoro Kano, the father of Judo. Kano believed in spreading the art of Judo and testing his students against different disciplines. It was on one such mission that Maeda met Gracie in Brazil.
For the first time in his life, Gracie was awestruck as technique prevailed over brute force. Maeda was offering a course in Jiu Jitsu and Gracie’s father believed this would be a good escape valve for his 15 year old son’s aggression.
Gracie became a student of Maeda and adapted the techniques he learned to match his smaller size and lack of strength. In short…this was the birth of modern Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Carlos Gracie went on to teach his own style of Jiu Jitsu to his four younger brothers (Oswaldo, Gastão Jr., Jorge, and Helio) and to his older sons, and they in turn taught their brothers, sons, nephews, and cousins. After Carlos retired, he managed the fight careers of his brothers and sons, continuing to challenge fighters of all styles throughout the world. This tradition of open challenge continued into the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). UFC 1 was co-created by Rorion Gracie and the Torrance-based UFC promoter Art Davie, who decided to take locally famous Gracie Garage Challenge fights versus California’s martial artists to a new level, televised nationally, with international opponents.
This is how Brazilian Jiu Jitsu proved itself as one of the most effective martial arts for neutralising an opponent and became what it is today.