Many people associate the positive values of humility, discipline and respect for ones instructor and fellow students with the traditional martial arts. But how do we know what is expected of us before training BJJ? Read on to find out about the Gracie Barra training etiquette...
Carlson Gracie emerged as the family’s number one fighter right after Helio's defeat
Carlson Gracie emerged as the family’s number one fighter right after Helio’s defeat to Valdemar Santana in 1955. The reputation of the Gracie family was hurt when his former student defeated him, so Carlson was called upon to bring the family name back to the top.
Carlson defeated Valdemar & moved on to become the main fighter of the family for decades to come. His many battles in the ring made him a famous young man & fuelled his desire to start his own Gracie School.
He established his branch in Copacapana, Rio de Janeiro & started to build his own group of students & fighters. Carlson had a very important role in stimulating the competitiveness in Jiu-Jitsu that further contributed to the technical development of the art.
Very competitive himself, Carlson built a strong team of young athletes that had a remarkable performance on the 70’s and 80’s at the already many emerging Jiu-Jitsu tournaments held in Brazil.
Helio's techniques emphasized leverage and timing over strength and speed
HELIO GRACIE was just a kid when the Marques de Abrantes school opened its doors in 1925. At 12 years old, he was too young to help with the classes or in the running of the school.
Helio’s first lessons in Jiu-Jitsu were taught to him by his brothers Gastao & Oswaldo. Helio’s small size & relatively weak physical condition made it difficult to execute some of the positions properly. In order to progress & earn the attention and admiration of his older brothers, Helio had to research alternate Jiu-Jitsu methods, which worked for him. His discoveries emphasized leverage & timing over strength and speed.
Under the tutelage of his brother, instructor, & mentor Carlos, Helio participated in countless fights, including a 3 hour 43 minute fight against a former student, Valdemar Santana. Helio’s courage, tenacity, and discipline turned him into a national hero!
Considered the best jiu-jitsu fighter of his generation...
Rolls Gracie was another Jiu-Jitsu genius who added an enormous contribution to the development of the art. According to Master Carlos Gracie Jr, Rolls was the link between the “old Jiu-Jitsu” and the “modern Jiu-Jitsu” practiced today.
Rolls played a key role in maintaining Jiu-Jitsu as an important sport in Brazil. Using his talent, charisma & leadership abilities, Rolls influenced an entire generation of young people in Rio de Janeiro towards the practice of Jiu-Jitsu & a healthy lifestyle. Extremely talented & committed to training & achieving his full potential as a fighter, Rolls Gracie also had a very open mind & strong desire to learn whatever he could to make his Jiu-Jitsu better.
Unfortunately, Rolls Gracie passed away at the age of 31. He still had a lot left to do, but was unable to finish it all. His legacy still lives strong among us.
WHO IS MASTER CARLOS GRACIE JR?
Carlos Gracie Jr was born in January 17, 1956. He grew up heavily influenced by his family of fighters. In close sync with the life philosophy & teachings of his father Carlos Gracie Sr, Carlinhos (as he’s known to family & friends) grew up observing & learning from some of the most influential figures his family has ever produced: Carlos, Helio and Rolls.
The most significant years of his life were spent in the mountains of Rio de Janeiro at the legendary Teresópolis House - a sprawling ranch where most of Carlos and Helio’s sons lived & trained. There, Carlos Gracie Jr. learned to live in a community in which all members needed to get along, share, & learn from one another.
In 1986, Carlos Gracie Jr founded the first Gracie Barra School, in the city of Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro. From that one location he created the most expansive jiu-jitsu organisation there is, with offices in the North America, Brazil, Australia, Japan, Europe & more than 1000 schools spanning the world.
The aim of Gracie Barra Schools is to help their communities by offering jiu-jitsu for everyone!
Jiu-Jitsu is one of the fastest growing sports in the world!!
Originally a fighting style for the "tough guys" BJJ is now a martial art comprising of diverse groups of people. It really is the sport for everyone!!
WHO IS GRAND MASTER CARLOS GRACIE SR?
Grand Master Carlos Gracie Snr taught the techniques & philosophy of the gentle art in Rio de Janeiro. In the 1950s it was difficult to get people interested in the sport & not many people took him the seriously, because people thought there was no way that a person not involved in a fight could have their lives changed by learning to fight. Madness right?!
Well the father of BJJ truely believed that his art could change lives & wanted to spread the word, so after winning numerous open fights & challenges people began to believe him too...
In 2014 Carlos Gracie Jr. continued on the life project of his father & became the founder of our team & family at Gracie Barra, bringing the dream of JIU-JITSU FOR EVERYONE into reality.
We believe in you & want you to join the GRACIE BARRA EDGEWORTH family!!