Keenan Cornelius “Proves” That “American Jiu-Jitsu” Is Older Than Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Keenan Cornelius “Proves” That “American Jiu-Jitsu” Is Older Than Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Yeah, we know what you’re thinking… “American Jiu-Jitsu”, really? But yeah, really, that’s a real expression – that Keenan Cornelius has “proved” that it’s been in use since the early 20th century.
But how come that Cornelius is saying that American Jiu-Jitsu is older than Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu? How does that even make sense?

Well, he shared his research on social media.
Here is what he had to say, as he shows the results of his research:

Super quick history lesson… Let’s just hop on the Library Of Congress and do a quick search through all American newspapers for the word “Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu”…
There’s zero results.

But if we search for “American Jiu-Jitsu”, we see this right here [shows multiple word search results pop up]… That’s 1926.
Let’s see if there is anything earlier. Okay here’s one: “American Jiu-Jitsu” – 1914!

Cornelius continues:

But wait a second. Helio Gracie was born in 1913.
And he didn’t start training Jiu-Jitsu from the Japanese ambassadors until he was 16 years old.

That means American Jiu-Jitsu pre-dates Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu by at least 15 years.

He then shows an image of a man called Len Lanius, who is mentioned in one of the newspapers as the “originator of American Jiu-Jitsu”.
Also, he then shows multiple old manuals and magazines that talk about “American Jiu-Jitsu”.

Watch it all on the video below:


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