Our History

Brief History of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ)

In 1915 Mitsuyo Maeda, a Japanese native and a student of Jigoro Kano, the founder of Judo traveled from Japan to Brazil and agreed to become the instructor to Carlos Gracie Sr and his brother Helio. Helio, a small man, and in conjunction with his brothers, adapted the teachings of Maeda into the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu as a way to effectively defeat bigger, stronger opponents.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a highly technical form of hand to hand combat that utilizes positional strategy over punches and kicks to advance in positions of increasingly greater leverage relative to one’s opponent in order to ultimately get them to admit defeat via choke or joint lock.

The sport today at its highest level has evolved into a conglomeration of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Catch Wrestling, Freestyle Wrestling and Sambo. The Jiu Jitsu Mill embraces this evolution, looking always to adapt, modify, and use our individual creativity to ensure our progress is never stifled by the limitations of any one particular style.

Our History

TheJiuJitsuMill owner and head BJJ coach, Professor Jordan Samuel Lutsky began his training in 2007 while a senior at the University of Vermont out of a gritty inter mural club taught by a then Roberto Maia brown belt, Chris Owen.

Upon returning home in 2008, Jordan continued his training under Jomari “Jojo” Guarin, founding owner of team ECUBJJ and black belt under UFC and ADCC veteran Sean Alvarez of the Gracie Barra lineage under Nelson Monteiro. It was under JoJo that Jordan would eventually be promoted from the ranks of blue to black belt (3/28/2015) and to who Jordan owes great credit for his development.

In 2013, looking initially to continue his growth as a competitor, Jordan, under the auspices of Jojo, began training an increasing amount with then fourth degree black belt and team Soul Fighters co-founder Rafael “Formiga” Barbosa. In December, 2015 Jordan was invited by Formiga to represent team Soul Fighters. With JoJo’s blessing, Jordan accepted. Today Jordan continues his training with and under Rafael as an integral member and active competitor of team Soul Fighters.

Some of Coach Jordan’s most recent wins include:
Gold – IBJJF Boston Summer Open – July 2016 – Black Belt, Master 1, Medium Heavy
Gold – IBJJF BJJ Pro – November 2016 – Black Belt, Master 1, Medium Heavy