If you live through defeat, you are not defeated. If you are beaten but acquire wisdom, you have won. Lose yourself to improve yourself. Only when we shed all self-definition do we find who we really are.
— RZA

On the blood-soaked hills and fields of feudal Japan, during hundreds of years of nearly constant warfare, warriors fighting for the various clans of Japan developed fighting arts both elegant and brutal.  These techniques, most of them intended to kill an opponent wearing armor without the use of a weapon, were further refined in formal practice by members of the samurai caste and their retainers up through the Edo period.  During the following period of modernization under the Meiji Restoration, these killing arts that are collectively known as Jiu Jitsu fell out of mainstream practice as the samurai were displaced as the dominant military caste.  Yet, practitioners of the old arts kept their knowledge and the warrior code, budo, alive by establishing schools dedicated to the practice of jiu jitsu.  Towards the end of the 19th century, a young man of the merchant caste, Kano Jigoro shihan, collected the disparate forms of jiu jitsu as they were practiced into a body of knowledge and established the still-prominent Kodokan Institute.  His disciples, including Matsudo Maeda and Takeo Yano, brought the practice of jujitsu to the West, where the art continues to transform.  Yet, in too many cases, the spirit of budo that underpins the meaning of jujitsu as practiced by the ancient warrior caste has been lost.

The school of Dárcio Lira Jiu Jitsu is dedicated to reviving the oft-neglected spirit of budo through the mindful and regimented practice of Jiu Jitsu.  In place of irrational violence and directionless practice, we strive for rectitude in action.