Sunday, September 24, 2017

Many people don’t know that Chuck Norris was one of the catalysts in spreading the word of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and the Gracie family in the United States.

Chuck Norris began studying Jiu-Jitsu under the Machado’s (Carlos Machado) in the 1980s and introduced the Gracie’s on a full scale to the UFAF (Norris’ Tang Soo Do organization) in 1988 during their annual seminar.

In this seminar footage shot by Danny Lane (one of Chuck Norris’ instructors), you see a full lineup of the Gracie clan, including Rorion, Relson, Rickson, Royce, Renzo, Carlos Machado and more sharing their art to a room full of Tang Soo Do Black Belts.

The video below shows us how effective Gracie Jiu-Jitsu really is. Rickson goes up against one of Chuck Norris’ black belts and it doesn’t last very long.

Rickson Gracie, son of Helio Gracie, received his black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at age 18. At 20, Gracie won his first victory against the famous 230-pound (104 kg) Brazilian brawler Rei Zulu (father of Zuluzinho). With this victory, Rickson gained immediate national acclaim. Five years later Zulu requested a rematch and lost to Rickson again, in Maracanazinho before an audience of 20,000 spectators.

Jacob C. Stevens is a lifelong athlete and cerebral martial arts enthusiast who is also skilled in the art of linguistic manipulation, his published work, Afterthoughts and Handgrenades, can be found here…

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