After many years and many miles, Mr. Kattouf has been provided permission to guide students in the art of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu
under the direction of the world renowned Yamasaki Academy. Jiu-Jitsu or the "gentle art" is the oldest form of martial art.
It originated in India more than 2000 years before the birth of Christ. It was created by monks who could not use any type of weapons to defend their lives against barbarian attacks. It spread throughout China, and eventually took root and was modified in Japan where it
became the first martial arts style. The samurai clans in Japan adopted Jiu-Jitsu as their own traditional style to defeat an opponent regardless of whether striking, throwing or grappling was involved. With the passing years, they split the techniques and developed
other martial arts styles, such as judo, akido, karate, etc.
In 1914, Japanese Jiu-Jitsu champion Esai Maeda migrated to Brazil where he was instrumental in establishing a Japanese immigrant community. His efforts were aided by Gastão Gracie, a Brazilian scholar and politician of Scottish descent. As an expression of his
gratitude for Gracie's assistance, Maeda taught the Brazilian's oldest son, Carlos, the essential secrets of the ancient martial arts
technique. Carlos taught Maeda's techniques to his four brothers, and in 1925 they opened the first Jiu-Jitsu academy in Brazil.
Propelled by the Gracie lineage, the superiority of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has been represented throughout the world both in the ring and on the street.
The Yamasaki Academy will oversee instruction at the Academy of Martial Arts to ensure that the quality of instruction meets their rigorous standards. Francisco Neto, 3rd degree black belt, has and will, direct Mr. Kattouf as he guides students in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. Jiu-jitsu will provide the student an outstanding workout. This grappling art will provide the student with a multitude of techniques that require the use
of leverage to employ chokes, joint locks and submission techniques. Students will routinely spar in class and may also elect to compete in tournaments under the direction of the Yamasaki Academy.
Classes are held Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7:00 to 8:00.