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June 18, 2016

Four Questions about Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

A Reader comments that some people on the internet are confused about what they have learned from the Choque trilogy and the Myths & Misconceptions series. (And no wonder, if their only previous sources of information were the exact texts in which the myths were originally propagated). He provides some illustrations:

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"According to Choque, we are entitled to think that the early Gracies like Carlos and Helio learnt and knew just a bunch of basic Judo moves and were not grappling experts at all (Choque reports that Geo Omori basically said Carlos knew nothing about jiu jitsu). However, Helio avoided being submitted by stronger and seasoned submissions grapplers like Ebert and Zbyzsko, and draw with Kodokan black belts and even choked Kato.  It is hard to believe that someone with just basic Judo skills could do something like that. These Helio's achievements, although modest, are largely inexplicable if all he knew was basic Judo newaza.  Even Carlos avoid being submitted by a more seasoned fighter like Rufino... which again is surprising if Carlos was just the Brazilian version of Matsuda."

Fact: Not only Geo Omori but also Donato Pires dos Reis and George Gracie, said that Carlos knew nothing or almost nothing about jiu-jitsu. Even Helio agreed (here). Indeed, Carlos Gracie's lack of jiu-jitsu knowledge and skills was a necessary foundation for the Rorion-Helio alternative narrative (or Gracie Myth, if you prefer). It was Carlos' (alleged) lack of jiu-jitsu ability and knowledge that both allowed and forced Helio to create his (alleged) innovations and improvements. 

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June 1, 2016

Top 3 Myths and Misconceptions about Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu from Gracies in Action 2 

Gracies in Action 2 did not expand much on Gracies in Action 1. Rorion reiterated that fights sometimes go to the ground, that Gracie Jiu-Jitsu is a good ground system, and that Helio Gracie created Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, was a national hero and living legend, invented a unique and supremely effective teaching methodology,  and was the greatest fighter in Brazil. 

GIA 2 was mostly an excuse to show video of challenge matches in Torrance and ring fights in Brazil. 

One gets the impression from GIA 2 that such fights were everyday events. In fact they were extremely rare. The fights on GIA 2 took place in 1991 (August 31) and 1992 (January 1) which is probably why GIA 2 was produced at all. There were no other vale tudo fights involving Gracie representatives between November 30, 1984 (shown on GIA 1), with one known exception. That was March 17, 1989, in Belém. The jiu-jitsu representative was named Sucuri. His opponent was the fearsome street fighter Zulu.

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May 11, 2016

Top 24 Myths and Misconceptions about Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Pat Jordan's 1989 Playboy Article about Rorion Gracie

Pat Jordan was an experienced journalist who had contributed a fair number of articles to Playboy. Playboy paid generously (as Roberto knows from personal experience), so no doubt Pat was generally on the look-out for suitable topics. Why he choose an obscure Brazilian wannabe movie actor is anyone's guess. Indeed, in 2013, prior to the publication of Jiu-Jitsu in the South Zone, 1997-2008, Roberto Pedreira contacted Pat Jordan inquiring about that very matter. Pat Jordan never replied.

The article would have ended up buried in Playboy's archives, along with interviews with Bertrand Russell, Stanley Kubrick, Miles Davis, Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X, and many others. But along came Art Davie, and the world as we knew it changed. A basically forgettable fluff piece became the foundation of myths and legends, believed by millions of fans, cultists, and people who should know better.

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May 9, 2016

Roberto Pedreira

Quebra Silêncio!

 n 1997, GTR founder and CEO Roberto Pedreira went to São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to learn jiu-jitsu. He had already trained at Rickson's academy on Pico Street, in Los Angeles, since the fall of 1994. He wasn't much, if at all, interested in martial arts history. He lived by Gene Lebell's philosophy (here and here): It doesn't matter what you call it or where it came from. What matters is whether it works and you can do it. And, it should probably be added, whether you can learn it from the person who is offering to teach you.

But Roberto was mildly intrigued as to why so little was known and so many vague, implausible, and conflicting stories were told. After all, if Helio Gracie really was a living legend in Brazil, wouldn't someone outside of a Gracie affiliated jiu-jitsu academy have heard of him? 

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April 19, 2016

 Top 18 Myths and Misconceptions about 

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu 

from Gracies in Action 1 

By 1992, Rorion had decided that the truth was important. At least that's what he said. In 1988, he felt free to make stuff up (actually, he did it in 1992 too, and didn't stop then). Making stuff up is what entertainment and marketing are all about. Rorion Gracie with his legal education and Hollywood career understood this very well. It made him rich. 

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April 8, 2016

Back Up Your Grappling Style with Muay Thai!

Roberto Pedreira's  first encounter with Muay Thai didn't impress him.  "What kind of martial art is that supposed to be?" he thought. Grabbing a man's head, driving knees into his ribs, kicking his legs. It seemed more like a street brawl or Hollywood cowboy saloon donnybrook. (This was more than a decade prior to Changpuk Kiatsongrit's consciousness-raising and eye-opening visit to the USA, about which, read more below. Gracie jiu-jitsu didn't even exist in those days).

But Roberto had missed the point. Muay Thai isn't a martial art (in the sense that Americans understand it). Muay Thai isn't designed to socialize children and bring spiritual enlightenment to bored housewives and identity-seeking college students. 

What Muay Thai is designed to be is brutally efficient at destroying adversaries. It is also eminently adaptable to the street. Eventually, Robert figured that out the first time he held a Thai pad and felt the power of a correctly executed Thai kick. It was a satori [悟り] experience. Subsequently he has never missed any chance to train Muay Thai every time he goes to Thailand....

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March 16, 2016

Updated May 24, 2016

 Top 30 Myths and Misconceptions about Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu 

 Almost everything everyone believed about BJJ up until the recent past derived from three sources, which were Gracies in Action 1 (1988), the 1989 Playboy Rorion Gracie article by Pat Jordan, and Gracies in Action 2 (1992). In all fairness to Rorion, he probably wasn't trying very hard to deceive anyone. He was simply marketing his school while trying to solidify his place in what he knew (if he was successful) would be a stampede of competitors from the ranks of his own family and anyone else who wanted to cash in. He didn't invent the story entirely. His uncle and father were saying most of the same things in Brazil before Rorion went to Hollywood to be a movie star. Rorion's unique contribution was to vastly exaggerate his father's ring record and historical importance, which of course benefited himself and enraged the other factions of the family, who ignored the harsh reality that the demand for Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in America was essentially zero (and near zero in Brazil also, at the time), until Rorion created that demand. 

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 January 1, 2016

Rizin 

 

Kron Gracie vs. Asen Yamamoto 

and other Fights

December 29 and December 31, 2015

Saitama, Japan

 

Rizin Fighting Federation is a new organization in Japan whose objective is to resurrect the fighting arts as a form of popular entertainment and source of income for fighters and promoters, managers,  and everyone else involved. In other words, all of the usual reasons. If successful it will be welcome news for anyone who trains or teaches any martial art in Japan, among other places, because these events are primarily what drive enrollments and retention of students.

The inaugural events took place on Tuesday December 29 and Thursday December 31 (Japan times) and were broadcast free on channel 8. The scheduling was intended to allow fighters participating in the tournament sub-event to recover from their elimination matches. The finals were held on Thursday. Fights were presented so as to provide a little of something for all tastes, including K-1 (Muay Thai without clinch and elbows), shoot boxing, and MMA, known in Japan as 総合格闘技 [sougoukakutougi]. Some relatively new faces were introduced. Some veterans were dusted off. Former super-stars came out of retirement, in some cases successfully, in others disastrously. People who had no business going anywhere near a ring were somehow induced to defy common sense and their own physical well-being to do precisely that. Money perhaps? It's been known to motivate people to do things that they shouldn't do, so why not? Several retired sumo wrestlers made appearances and were among the surprises of the event.  A former Olympic judo champion found that judo without a 道着 [dougi] and with punches is not easy. Two representatives of the legendary Brazilian jiu-jitsu family, Rickson and Kron Gracie showed up, one to fight, one to lend moral support, reminisce, be on display for the benefit of adoring fans, and probably, to provide continuity between the glory days of Japanese kakutougi and its (hopefully) bright shining rebirth.

So how did it go? 

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