Welcome to Zenyo Online! We are excited to have you join our team. Our mission is to create an academy where everyone works together toward the shared goal of excellence. Together we accomplish great things! 

Jiu Jitsu means “the gentle art.” Its purpose is to develop your strength, power and confidence. Training Jiu Jitsu makes you strong on the outside and the inside. Training with your teammates teaches how to use your strength effectively, never too much or too little. You learn safety, respect and care as you train. 

This is the gift of Jiu Jitsu. It teaches you how to be strong but gentle.

“A black belt is a white belt who never quit.” 


The main guidelines for training at Zenyo Jiu Jitsu are derived from the teachings of Judo founder Jigoro Kano. Following these three principles will help create the best training environment for everyone.


Ju-No-Ri means “gentleness” or “flowing with things.” The main idea of Ju-No-Ri is that you should not fight against your opponent’s strength but use that to your advantage. Gentleness also teaches us how to apply techniques safely.

Seiryoku Zenyo

Seiryoku Zenyo means “maximum efficiency, minimal effort,” or “best use of physical and mental energy.” When you apply the goal of being gentle with the goal of being strong, you will learn to use the right amount of force – not too much, not too little.

Jita Kyoei

Jita Kyoei means “mutual welfare and benefit.” This means that everyone should benefit from training and learn something in the process. The way to accomplish this is to work to help not just yourself but also your teammates. 

“Be gentle, kind and beautiful, yet firm and strong, both physically and mentally.”

Keiko Fukuda, 10th dan Judo

Zenyo Jiu Jitsu Historical Photo

History Of Jiu Jitsu

Jiu Jitsu started in Japan around 1460. The first Jiu Jitsu school opened in 1532. The most important practicioner of Jiu Jitsu is Jigoro Kano.

Jigoro Kano Jiu Jitsu Judo

Kano Starts Judo

Jigoro Kano changed Jiu Jitsu into Judo. Judo means the gentle way. Kano founded Judo in Tokyo, Japan, in 1882. Kano called his school the Kodokan – “a place to study the way.” Judo is now the largest martial art in the world. 

Mitsuyo Maeda

Judo Leaves Japan

Kano’s student Mitsuyo Maeda helped spread Judo around the world in the early 1900’s by competing in exhibition matches and prize fights. Maeda visited the United States in 1905. Maeda traveled to Brazil in 1914, where he set up an academy to teach Judo. 


Carlos Gracie

Jiu Jitsu In Brazil

Carlos Gracie learned Judo from Maeda, or one of his students. (The historical record is not clear.) Gracie and his brothers – especially Helio – started their own style of jiu jitsu. They opened the Gracie Academy in 1925 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 

Royce Gracie

Jiu Jitsu In America

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu came to attention in America when Helio Gracie’s son, Rorion, helped start the Ultimate Fighting Championship in 1993 in Denver, Colorado. Rorion’s brother, Royce, was the first UFC champion. 

John David Emmett Black Belt Promotion

Jiu Jitsu In Baltimore

Zenyo Jiu Jitsu opened in Baltimore in 2015. 

Our lineage can be listed as: Jigoro Kano > Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos/Helio Gracie > Carlson Gracie > Andre Pederneiras > Marcelo Pereira/Scott Oates > John David Emmett > You

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