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Vintage Match: Roberto Roleta Magalhaes vs. Wallid Ismail

Today, we feature a vintage battle between one of the most innovative guard players in the 90’s and one of the best low passers during the same time period, Roberto “Roleta” Magalhaes (Gracie Barra) vs. Wallid Ismail (Carlson Gracie). This epic battle between these two giants of the sport took place at the first Mundials in 1997. For those who are not too familiar with … Continue reading


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Vintage Match: Leo Vieira vs. Renato Verissimo (1997)

Today, we feature a classic match between Leo Vieira and Renato Verissimo! This high pace back and forth battle took place at the second CBJJ Mundial championships in 1997. After winning the Mundials in 1996 as a brown belt, Leozinho was awarded his BB from Romero Cavalcanti the following year. As a brand new BB at the 1997 Mundials, he proved to the world that … Continue reading


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Pioneers of the Sport: Amaury Bitetti

Today’s “Pioneers of the Sport” features the very first 2x Absolute Division BB champion, Amaury Bitetti. Bittetti, a BB under the late great Carlson Gracie exemplifies Carlson’s theory on Jiu Jitsu. According to Carlson, for a person to excel in the art, a fighter should possess three attributes: 1) technique, 2) strength and 3) speed. Without these three attributes working in harmony, the athlete will … Continue reading


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Pioneers of the Sport: Andre Pederneiras

With the rise of Jose Aldo, lately, there has been a lot of talk about the Nova Uniao team. Nova Uniao is a fairly old BJJ mega-team with roots that lea ds back to the late great Carlson Gracie. For a few years, the team did not have active Mundial champions in its stable, but there is a compelling reason for this… and it all … Continue reading


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Pioneers of the Sport: Carlos Machado

  Today’s “Pioneers of the Sport” features one of the first BJJ black belts that planted his roots in the United States, Carlos “Soneca” Machado. Carlos, the oldest of the Machado brothers, started his BJJ training under Helio and then Rolls Gracie. After Rolls’ untimely death, Carlos along with his brothers Roger, Rigan, Jean Jacques and John, all trained under Carlinhos at Gracie Barra. In … Continue reading


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Pioneers of the Sport: Yuki Nakai

Today’s “Pioneers of the Sport” features the first BJJ black belt in the Land of the Rising Sun, Yuki Nakai. As many of you may know, Nakai fought Rickson Gracie in the Vale Tudo Japan tournament in 1995 with only one healthy eye. It is a misconception that after his fight with Rickson, Nakai decided to learn BJJ. The truth is that Royler Gracie was … Continue reading


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Pioneers of the Sport: Mauricio Gomes

    Today’s “Pioneers of the Sport” focuses on Mauricio Gomes. To many he is simply known as Roger Gracie’s dad, but in addition to being the father of the most dominating figure in BJJ, Mauricio is also a member of Roll Gracie’s “Famous Five”. This seventh degree coral belt paved the way for BJJ in Europe. In 1998, Gomes opened the first Gracie Barra … Continue reading


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Pioneers of the Sport: Roberto “Gordo” Correa

    Today we feature one of the most impactful figures in BJJ during the mid-to-late 90’s and the innovator of the half guard, Roberto “Gordo” Correa! Gordo, started BJJ at 19 years old at the famed Gracie Barra in Tijuca. As a purple belt, this legend of the sport suffered a potential career ending knee injury. Fortunately for us, Gordo’s drive and determination did … Continue reading


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Pioneers of the Sport: Ricardo Libório

    Today’s “Pioneers of the Sport” segment features the founder of American Top Team (ATT), Ricardo Libório. He is known by the general MMA audience as the mastermind of one of the most successful modern teams. His roots in the martial arts leads back to Judo, Tae Kwon Do and the Gracie family. Libório was the first super heavyweight CBJJO/IBJJF Mundial Champion, yet he … Continue reading


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Pioneers of the Sport: Robson Moura

Today’s Pioneers of the Sport features five time black belt world champion Robson Moura. Moura started Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at age 10 in 1988 and achieved his black belt at age 18. He holds the record for the largest gap between years of winning gold at black belt, achieving gold in 1997 and most recently in 2007. He also is tied with Marcelo Garcia, Royler Gracie, … Continue reading


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