Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu All-Star Tournament

Capitola native Reuben Torres probably couldn’t ask for a better Father’s Day gift after his son, Shane, won a gold medal Saturday in the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu All-Star Tournament, hosted by the BJJ Tour. Shane, 23, representing Coalition 95, defeated Jose Leon of Gilroy in the Adult Purple Belt Featherweight finals in front of a light…

UFC Legend Honored in Reno

RENO – UFC legend Royce Gracie was honored in Reno on Wednesday night. He was presented with his MMA Hall of Fame ring over at Charles Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy of Reno. Royce Gracie was part of the inagural Hall of Fame class. He is one of the biggest stars ever in mixed-martial arts. He…

Student group focuses on self-defense, technique

Grappling, sparring and ground fighting — all can be found in the mixed martial art of jiu-jitsu. Though its inception dates back to 1882, this combat sport has recently found a place at the University of Toledo. The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Club was started last week by third-year exercise science student Jason Olree and fifth-year economics…

Google Takes Up Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

The Googleplex, Google’s corporate headquarters located in Mountain View California, is becoming a bit of a Thunderdome. A well organized and friendly Thunderdome filled with tech geniuses, free healthy meals for its staff, and ping pong, but a Thunderdome nonetheless. Earlier this month, Google added Brazilian jiu jitsu lessons to its extensive list of on-site…

Jiu Jitsu: The Gracie effect

Born into Brazil’s legendary martial arts family, Royler Gracie has been fighting all his life. Sean Flaherty met him in Dunedin. Royler Gracie has the Zen calm of the master athlete. If he seems to move more slowly than the rest of us, it’s only because he’s seeing the world at twice the speed. He…

What Is Your Battle?

  Be kinder than necessary because everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle”.  What is Yours? Any time a new student comes through the doors at Gracie Barra I always take a moment to introduce myself, find out their name and ask a few questions about their background, how they found out about…

10 Great Books for the Jiu-jitsu Reader

10 Great Books for the Jiu-jitsu Reader JULY 21, 2014 1) Mastering Jujitsu – by Renzo Gracie , John Danaher , Jr. Carlos Gracie “From the origins of the art to personal techniques, you will experience the impact the Gracies have had on jujitsu and learn the strategies they have developed to dominate their opponents. Gracie…