The loss of a pioneer – Helio Gracie passes away in Brazil

 Gracie Jiu-Jitsu founder and grandmaster, Helio Gracie has died. GracieMag.com released a statement this morning stating,”At 95 years of age, the great icon and one of those most responsible for Jiu-Jitsu’s success in Brazil and the world died this morning at home in the district of Itaipava, in the mountain region of Rio de Janeiro.”

Lets take this time to look back at the legend that is Helio Gracie. The younger brother of Carlos Gracie, Helio’s initial foray into martial arts consisted of him watching studiously from the side as his older brother was taught the traditional art of Jiu Jitsu from the Japanese champion Conde Koma.

Being a man of frail statue, Helio did not have the physical attributes to consistently train with his older brother. So Helio, ever the innovator, began to take the techniques he saw his brother practicing and began to modify these techniques to his frail frame. As such, modern Gracie Jiu Jitsu was born.

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European Open Jiu-Jitsu Championship 2009 set for Jan. 30-31 & Feb. 1

In recent years the Old Continent has become a strong center for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu outside of Brazil. Countries like Sweden, France, England, Portugal, Spain and Finland have many academies and ever growing teams. In order to unite European practitioners in one place to officially organize and develop the sport of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in the continent, IBJJF and CBJJ created the European Championship of Jiu-Jitsu.

The first edition of the event was held in 2004 in the historical city of Lisbon, Portugal. Since then the tournament has grown and become stronger, establishing itself as the most important BJJ event in Europe and attracting competitors of all ages and belts. Such prestige has turned the event into a sure stop for black belt superstars like Roger Gracie, Ronaldo Jacare and Mario Reis, among many others.

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U.S. Open XIII Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Oct.18-19 in Santa Cruz

The U.S. Open XIII Brazilian Jiu Jitsu dubbed “America’s Favorite Tournament” will be held this weekend, Oct.18-19, in Santa Cruz, CA. at the Civic Auditorium. Many schools which are also home to many great MMA fighters will be represented at the event.

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PRO MMA Scouting Report

Scouting out the world of Professional Mixed Martial Arts:

  • Kimbo Slice is in a new Nike commercial working with San Diego Chargers running back, LaDainian Tomlinson, doing some straight up gangsta training.
  • If you are part of the Elite XC stable of fighters one of your goals is probably to fight on CBS. Debi Purcell fought on Showtime’s ShoXC card last Friday but will they let her on prime time with her own unique brand of “tramp stamp?”
  • Would you like to see the epitome of a “keyboard warrior” who has no clue what it takes to get in a cage and stand toe to toe with the baddest men on the planet?  Most of us have no idea what that is like.  And that is exactly the reason most of us don’t write open letters to professional fighters telling them how to do their job, especially a top-tier fighter like Kenny Florian.   This dude has some real nerve.
  • Gracie Mag has a new interview with Rogerio Minotouro Nogueira. He seems to be happy at his new home with Affliction. He talks about his recent fight with Dewees, what it’s like for the Nogueira brothers in America, and the future of MMA.
  • Brock Lesnar has a question and answer session with New York Times blog readers. They touch on a myriad of topics including steroids and gay UFC fighters.
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Fast Eddie’s Minute – Got Ink? Luke Stewart does

Though he may have the typical look, there is nothing typical about Luke Stewart. Yes, his ears have cauliflower from nearly 10 years of Jiu-jitsu. Yes, he is heavily tattooed having gotten his first at the age of fourteen. But what you would not expect from Luke was that he spent 2 years of his … Read more

Mixed Martial Arts on 60 Minutes: a look back

Mixed Martial Arts being shown on Prime Time Televsion inevitably ignites all the talk about its affect on today’s society. Is it good for us? Is it bad for us? Too violent? Too vulgar? Take a look back a little over a year ago when this segment about MMA was shown on sixty minutes. As … Read more