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According to tradition, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu (colloquially known as "BJJ") developed in Brazil, evolving from the more familiar Japanese jiu-jitsu.  As the story goes, Gastao Gracie befriended a Japanese diplomat, Mitsuyo Maeda.  Maeda offered to teach Gracie's son Carlos jiu-jitsu.  Carlos passed this knowledge on to his brothers, most notably his youngest brother Helio.

Carlos and Helio refined BJJ to a highly effective and technical art for competition and self-defense, owing to their small stature and the very rough nature of the streets of most Brazilian cities.  The rapid development of BJJ was aided by several factors.  Carlos and Helio had two other brothers who were as involved in BJJ as they were.  Add to this their large families of children, many of whom developed into competant practitioners and teachers of BJJ.  Consequently, there was never a shortage of training partners.  Another factor driving the effectiveness of BJJ techniques was the small stature of the Gracies themselves: the techniques had to be effective because they could not rely on size and strength.

And finally, the Brazilian environment provided the Gracies with the ultimate crucible with which to test their theories and techniques: the ubiquitous challenge matches and vale tudos (literally, "Anything Goes"), the predecessors of today's MMA, or Mixed Martial Arts, bouts.  In this manner, the Gracies refined their martial art in a manner similar to that advocated by another martial art luminary a generation later and in a very different land: Bruce Lee.  One of Lee's central tenets to his JKD - Simply to Simplify - embodies the Gracies' approach to BJJ development: Absorb what is useful, Eliminate what is useless. 
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