For nearly a century, jiu-jitsu has been a part of the world's most powerful Military.
The Kodokan and the Army
In the early 1900s there were several attempts to implement jiu-jitsu (at the time also refered as jujutsu and judo) in the US Military. In 1920 a training manual was published at Ft. Benning, Georgia written by CPT Allan Corstorphin Smith who had been awarded a Judo black belt from the Kodokan in Japan in 1916.
US Army and Jujutsu
The jiu-jitsu movement began even before President Theodore Roosevelt had trained with Yamashita Yoshitsugu, one of the best students of Kano Jigoro, the founder of Judo. Theodore Roosevelt was an admirer of the Japanese art and had a “jujutsu room” at the White House. Yamashita later taught at the U.S. Naval Academy.
Jiu-jitsu before WWII
Infantry men training throwing techniques. Jiu-jitsu (Jujutsu) training has been a part of the US Military for nearly a century.
Rorion, Royce and the US Rangers.
In the 1990s, after Royce's UFC victories, Rorion and Royce Gracie made several trips to teach Army Rangers. This relationship between our jiu-jitsu method and the Army lasts until today.
After nearly a decade, in 2003, the adoption of Jiu-Jitsu, as taught by brothers Rorion and Royce, by the US military became official when the Army reissued its hand-to-hand combat manual, to include a majority of jiu-jitsu techniques.
Jiu-jitsu at a high level
The US Military developed a very close relationship with many high level Jiu-jitsu professors. Jiu-jitsu became the dominant style of the new Modern Army Combatives.
The Navy at Valente Brothers
In 2007, Valente Brothers taught members of the USS Gridley Destroyer.
Training troops at Fort Sill, Kentucky.
The Army's National Guard
Valente Brothers offered classes to soldiers preparing to deploy to Iraq in 2006.
Gui Valente and U.S. Army MajorRyan Schrock in 2008.
Lieutenant General Ferriter
Professor Gui receiving an award from Lieutenant General Michael Ferriter, a pivitol force pushing jiu-jitsu in the US Army.
US Special Forces Fighting Drug Cartels
in 2011 VB Black Belt Roberto Fleischmann teaching US special forces stationed in an American military base in Guatemala.
Technique over brute strength
Professor Pedro teaching the americana lock in one of his visits to Fort Sill. Valente Brothers is extremely honored to support the troops of the United States of America by providing realistic hand to hand combat training to several military units both locally and overseas.