Hélio Gracie’s last interview

October 19, 20140 Comments

This interview was taken from a 30-minute special on a Brazilian TV Network called SPORTV from the GLOBO TV network. This interview is from December 2008, when Grandmaster Helio Gracie was 95 years old talking about his life and his art of Gracie Jiu Jitsu. It also includes footage of other BJJ luminaries including his sons, […]

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Multiple Opponents – Gracie Jiu Jitsu Perspective

February 24, 20130 Comments

Interesting breakdown in regards to multiple opponent scenarios from a Gracie Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) Perspective. Here are the key points: Deescalate the situation if at all possible Use distance to your advantage Preemptive action (attack first if you have to) If you carry a weapon… use it. All great points if you find yourself in […]

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Woman Raped by BJJ Practitoners – Gracie Family Speak Out

January 18, 20130 Comments

On New Year’s eve a terrible incident occurred where a woman was raped by 2 Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioners. The incident took place on the East Coast (Washington D.C.) and the victim as well as the perpetrators knew each other as they train at the same BJJ school. While this heinous act does not have […]

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Testing Your Martial Art Skills

January 14, 20130 Comments

Do you ever “test” your martial art? The Gracie family is famous for their open challenges (do you recall those ads in Black Belt magazine in the 80s and the early 90s?). They even put out videos with their challenge matches called “Gracie in Action”. Here’s a student of the Gracie Academy, who has taken […]

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Chuck Norris and the Gracie Family Connection

December 27, 20120 Comments

Many people don’t know that Chuck Norris was one of the catalysts in spreading the word of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) and the Gracie family in the United States. Chuck Norris began studing BJJ under the Machado’s (Carlos Machado) in the 80s and introduced the Gracie’s on a full scale to the UFAF (his Tang […]

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Teaching Martial Arts Effectively

December 20, 20120 Comments

Teaching martial arts can be a big challenge… at times. And learning how to teach martial arts is just as important as learning the physical skills of your chosen art. If you’ve taught martial arts for any length of time, you know it can often be just as frustrating for you as the instructor as […]

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Gracie Jiu Jitsu History

December 13, 20120 Comments

Grandmaster Helio Gracie is arguably one of the most influential martial artists in the “modern era” of martial arts. He is considered an icon in Brazil and his (and his family’s) story is legendary. Hélio and his brother Carlos founded Gracie Jiu Jitsu (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu), which was developed from old-school Judo (Kosen Judo) specializing […]

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Jiu Jitsu for the Street vs Sport

December 7, 20120 Comments

Is there really a difference between Sport Jiu Jitsu and Street Jiu Jitsu? Well, the short answer is: “yes, they are not the same thing”. Or in the words of Rener Gracie (paraphrased from the video): “If you think because you’ve trained in sports jiu jitsu for 4 years that “I’m street ready”… you’re delusional.” […]

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