Sunday, July 30, 2017

When the WWE did a feature on their Diva champion Eve Torres in 2010 showcasing her interest in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, they didn’t realize just how much she was falling in love with both the martial art and her instructor, Rener Gracie.

A university graduate with a degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering, Torres pursued work in dance, modeling, and cheerleading after graduating, before applying for the WWE’s ‘Diva Search’ competition in May of 2007.

By the end of the year, Torres would emerge as the winner of the search and in 2008 would start to appear on WWE Smackdown and then later was drafted to Raw.

In April of 2010, Torres won her first Divas Championship title, and it was not long afterwards that the WWE put together this feature in which she talked about training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Torres explained that she’d gravitated towards BJJ not only because it helped her with her development as a pro-wrestler, but also in large part due to the fact that it was an excellent form of self-defense that helped ensure her safety while constantly traveling around the world with the WWE.

Torres couldn’t have picked a better place to learn her craft than the famous Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy in Torrance, California, where she would be trained by none other than its head instructor, Rener Gracie, a third-generation member of the legendary family.

Over the next few years, Torres would not only continue to compete for the WWE but also became involved in a relationship with Gracie and started instructing at the Academy.

By 2013, Torres was a record three-time Diva champion, but despite her success in the ring she opted to leave the WWE in order to pursue her true passion as a head instructor for the Gracie Women Empowerment self-defense program.

The following year Torres married Gracie, in 2015 she gave birth to their first son, Raeven Gracie, and in the present day, they still have the same infectious level of enthusiasm for the martial art that brought them together as they did in this video seven years ago.

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