What is the history of Minneapolis martial arts? The earliest known origins of developed martial arts and specifically grappling, which is where Jiu Jitsu is derived from, comes from the early olympic games. In ancient Greece, one of the prominent Olympic games, and it’s still around around, was wrestling. The Greeks developed techniques with the sole intention of being able to display physical dominance over another person. These techniques spread across the continent until they found their way to Japan.
In Japan, the techniques were studied, modified, and studied by Samurai during the Feudal era civil wars. The arts were developed to include many techniques that used weaponry. When the civil wars in Japan ended, they believed that everyone, common civilians included, should remain sharp for combat in case of future wars, but they wanted a way to train more safely. This is when they began changing their systems to focus on more empty handed techniques in the interested of training without risk of serious injury. This was the origins of Japanese Jiu Jitsu and Judo.