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The Gracie Way: An Illustrated History of the Gracie Family

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The faces and stories of the sprawling Gracie family, who transformed Brazilian jiu-jitsu from an unknown street technique into the dominant form of martial arts today, are captured here. Introduced are Grandmaster Helio Gracie, who as a frail boy in Brazil in the 1930s developed the art, creating leverage techniques that allowed him to overcome other martial artists, ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published May 1st 2003 by Invisible Cities Press Llc
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Greg
May 16, 2011 Greg rated it really liked it
Surprisingly well written and entertaining.

In a lot of ways the Gracie family are responsible for MMA (mixed martial arts) being the way it is fought currently. They created what is known as bjj (Brazilian jiu-jitsu) by taking the basics of traditional jiu-jitsu and originally adapting it to street-fighting and self-defense in a way that allowed smaller opponents to successfully larger and stronger opponents. Love or hate the Gracies (I personally usually want whomever is fighting against them
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Mar 16, 2009 Ellis rated it really liked it
Shelves: mma, nonfiction, history
This was a great book for anyone who is a fan of MMA and jiu-jitsu. The Gracie's have had immeasurable impact on the these sports. Jiu-jitsu was fundamentally changed by Carlos and Helio Gracie. The changes to the sport were great enough that their new brand of jiu-jitsu became known as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) because of its need to be distiguished from the classical art. MMA was born (although Vale Tudo in Brazil was like MMA) when Rorion Gracie came up with the idea of having fighters of ...more
William
Apr 10, 2008 William rated it it was ok
The Gracies would be unstoppable if you wear a gi and if you weren't allowed to fight them for real!!
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Jul 11, 2012 Joseph rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bjj-mma
The history of the Gracie family. Created Brazilian jiu-jitsu and paved the way for modern MMA and the UFC.
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