that is great... Just curious what with the general local public outside of bjj circles? Are a lot of people like... "who the hell is that guy?" Or is he somewhat revered by all?
I've met a number of Brazilians here (who don't do jiu-Jitsu) that "Think" they've heard of the Gracies, some "Oh yeah.." and a couple have never heard of them. Just Sad.
I think because if the UFc and BJJ schools all over it has changed somewhat in the past 5 years. I have met Brazilians (from late 90s to about 2008) who know nothing absolutely about the Gracies and have never heard of them. I have met a couple that have heard of them but know little and my Uncle's friends who are Brazilian, like many Brazilians who know or have heard about "Jiu-Jitsu" think it is for thugs.He is from Rio, so it was in all the papers.
I still remember douchebag me telling some Brazilian girl I met that I do Jiu-jitsu from Brazil (excitedly!) and she kind of gave me a polite half-smile and avoided me. I found out later that she assumed I was a pit-boy thug type and into drugs, etc. because I do Jiu-jitsu. Luckily, it got straightened out later.
Most here do not realize BJJ in Brazil has a reputation -well-deserved - of thuggery.
I think both Judo and TKD are more popular in Brazil despite what we read. I think more kids in Brazil do TKD than BJJ. There is also a strong Karate scene in Brazil too, and Capoeira.