Benicia Boxing & Martial Arts now offers classes for all levels of experience to train in Jiu-Jitsu.

History: In November of 1914 Mitsuyo Maeda, one of  Judo founder Jigoro Kano’s top students, arrived in Brazil as part of a large Japanese immigration colony.  Maeda was able to get himself established with the help of a local business man, Gastão Gracie, and out of gratitude Maeda taught Gastão’s oldest son Carlos Jiu-Jitsu.

Carlos Gracie was interested in the practical application of what he had learned in the “anything goes” environment of the street and refined Maeda’s techniques through numerous challenge matches. Carlos even took out an add in the local paper challenging all comers to fight regardless of their size or physical advantages.  At a mere 135 pounds Carlos was able to utilize his technique to overcome all opponents and was never defeated.

The refinement of technique through actual competition and the willingness to fight any challenger have become part of
the Gracie family tradition. Carlos taught his Jiu-Jitsu to his brothers Oswaldo, Gastão, Jorge, Helio and to his older sons.  In turn they would go on to teach their sons, nephews, brothers, cousins and friends. Carlos himself had 21 children, creating a fighting dynasty in only a generation.

Today the Graciefighter Team founded by Cesar Gracie continues the tradition of Jiu-Jitsu founded by Carlos by regularly having students compete at the highest levels of Mixed Martial Arts, submission grappling, and sport Jiu-Jitsu.


Jiu jitsu is mainly a grappling art with limited striking aspects. Fitness, diet, and sound simple principles of maximum efficiency with minimum effort build a solid base for the jiu jitsu practitioner to find confidence in. The “gentle art” of jiu jitsu can trace its roots back from 2000 year old stone carvings from India. The art migrated through china and was embraced by the samurai of Japan. The art was brought to Brazil in 1914 where it would undergo a transformation into what we practice today. In the 1990’s jiu jitsu was introduced to America by the sport of Mixed Martial Arts. Jiu jitsu proved to be crucial as the essential component in sport fighting. Today, jui jitsu has been embraced by many North American athletes. The new generation of jiu jitsu practitioners are paving the way for the next wave of evolution in the art.


Classes are taught in group setting. It is a co-ed program for anyone 10 and over. Classes offer a mixture of gi and no-gi techniques (gi is not required for class) that are beneficial to those looking to improve their physical fitness or learn self defense.

Many students choose private lessons over group classes for a variety of reasons. Some students desire more one-on-one instruction, while others need flexibility because their schedules don’t permit them the opportunity to attend group classes. Whatever the reason, private lessons provide a great opportunity to receive individualized attention, which helps to accelerate the learning process. Private classes are scheduled upon request.