At a very young age, Helio Gracie learned traditional Japanese Jiu-Jitsu techniques from his older brother, Carlos. In the late 1920s, he began to modify these techniques to accommodate his frail physique with the objective of developing a system that would enable him to defend himself against larger opponents. After years of refinement, he proved his art's effectiveness by routinely defeating larger and stronger opponents, some of whom outweighed him by as much as 100 pounds. As a result, Helio's techniques quickly became the new expression of Jiu-Jitsu in Brazil and set the stage for a worldwide revolution in martial arts. Gracie Jiu-jitsu-jitsu or “Brazilian jiu jitsu” uses grappling techniques the are based on superior leverage. You do not have to be strong or ever super fit to make the system work for you. This makes Gracie Jiu-jitsu-jitsu especially well suited for women and weaker adults, much more so that any kind of striking martial art.



Our mission at Cookeville Jiu-jitsu is to make you able to defend yourself and the ones you love on the street. We do not teach sport techniques. We can show you techniques that you can use immediately, not just after 20 years of practice.

What is Brazilian jiu jitsu?

"I have devoted my entire life to Jiu Jitsu and recently had a revelation larger and more profound than the techniques and all of my accomplishments combined. The art’s most beneficial aspects cannot be seen or taught because they are mental, not physical. Jiu Jitsu changes an individual’s perception and the way one deals with life’s opponents. Despair, low self esteem, and a lack of motivation can all be defeated by the Invisible Jiu Jitsu."

"Jiu Jitsu teaches you how to survive on the mat and thrive in the world." Rickson Gracie 9th degree Red belt  grand master

Jiu-jitsu in Cookeville, Tennessee