Closed Guard: The Origins of Jiu-Jitsu in Brazil
This film traces the journey of Japanese martial arts to Brazil, telling the stories of lesser-known characters whose contributions were instrumental in the development of what would become known as “Brazilian Jiujitsu”.

PRODUCTION TEAM

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: ROBERT DRYSDALE

Robert Drysdale holds a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt and a History degree. He is a former IBJJF World Champion and ADCC World Champion, owner of Drysdale Jiu-Jitsu and co-founder of Zenith BJJ team, and travels the world teaching Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and researching the history of martial arts.

ASSISTANT PRODUCER: JAMES “JAY” COLEMAN

Is a visual artist, a student of martial arts history, and a lifelong martial arts practitioner with multiple black belts.  He has a degree in Fine Arts, and has directed and choreographed numerous short films.

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY: STEPHEN JETER

Stephen Jeter is a filmmaker and photographer who specializes in international documentary projects, having worked in over 30 countries throughout Latin America, Africa and the Middle East. 

EDITOR: DANIEL JETER

Daniel Jeter has a degree in Cinema & Television and over 10 years of experience filming, directing, and editing projects around the world.

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