The ancient art of Jiu Jitsu originated 2500 years ago in India. It was developed by monks as a method of self defence against thieves on long journeys. Five hundred years later Jiu Jitsu started in Sri Lanka, Birmania, Tibet, Siam, China, then eventually Japan.
In 1919 Mituio Maeda, the Japanese Jiu Jitsu champion, introduced the art to a Brazilian family, the Gracies’. Helio Gracie altered and developed the Japanese art into what is knows today as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Becoming Part of History
Warrior Martial Arts are proud to be apart of the ICON Jiu-Jitsu team and the Ze Marcello BJJ Association which are formally recognised by the International Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu Federation.
Ze Marcello was Born and raised in Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. he is a Brazilian Jiu-jitsu black belt under Sergio “Bolao” Souza. With over 20 years of training, Zé Marcello has competed in the most prestigious BJJ tournaments in the world and is affilieted with the world famous Brazilian Top Team. Having retired from competing professionally in 2002, Zé Marcello has since dedicated his time to teaching brazilian jiujitsu and currently resides in the UK and is a recognised black belt with the International Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu Federation.
His list of achievements include:
1st place - European Heavyweight champion 08
1st place - European Absolute champion 08
1st place - Mundial world championship 97
1st place - Brazilian tournament 96 and 97
1st place - Brazilian team tournament 97
1st place - Pan American champion 97
1st place - Urban Gorillaz UK 06
2nd place - Mundial world championship 98 and 02
2nd place - Pan American championship 96
3rd place - Mundial world championship 96 and 99
3rd place - Pan American championship 96 and 00
3rd place - Brazilian Tournament 98
ICON - WORLDWIDE some of the other clubs in the ICON group we are affiliated too include: