How did Gracie Jiu-Jitsu get to the USA?

Have you ever wondered how Gracie Jiu-Jitsu was introduced to the US? No there wasn’t a hurricane that grounded a Brazilian Asai berry laden ship ashore in Torrance California. We can thank our own American breed, born and raised Chuck Norris for that. Chuck Norris had always been a astute student of the arts. Be it Karate, Judo, jujitsu, Tang Soo Do etc. His thirst for further knowledge led him to seek out a legendary Brazilian fighting family The Gracies in Rio. Mr. Norris went to Brazil where he trained with Rickson Gracie and Rickson’s father Helio Gracie, the Grand Master of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Mr. Norris was so impressed with their style and technique that he invited them to conduct a seminar in Las Vegas for his Karate Black Belts. Mr. Norris flew in Rorion Gracie, Relson Gracie, Rickson Gracie, Royce Gracie, Rilion Gracie, Rolker Gracie, Renzo Gracie, Royler Gracie, and Carlos Machado.
Chuck Norris brought the first Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu seminar to the U.S. in 1988. This seminar brought about an enormous amount of publicity and thanks to Mr. Norris, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu found its place in the United States. Gracies in America

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