A small dominant big stage. That can be pinned on the decision of a resident of Scotland, George Gracie, leading to Brazil in 1826 which became a significant historical point in the world of martial arts.
Indeed, it wasn’t George who immediately wrote history upon his arrival in Brazil, but his great-grandchildren, Carlos Gracie and Helio Gracie in the early 1900s.
Carlos and Helio’s father, which means George’s grandson, Gastao, has a circus business and from here he meets judo from Japan, Mitsuyo Maeda.
Carlos learned the judo tips from Maeda and then after developing his tips until finally, the birth of a martial arts had the name, Jujitsu Brasil.
George then taught the martial arts tips to his siblings belonging to Helio, and the two of them followed, which made Brazilian Jujitsu martial arts a widespread familiarity in the country.
The fame of the Gracie Family with its Brazilian Jujitsu self-defense was inseparable from the fact that they controlled Vale Tudo, a joint self-defense tournament that had been held since the 1920s in Brazil.
Along with the dominance of all the fighters from the Gracie Family with their tips, the matter increasingly created their technique accessibly and favored.
In terms of movement, Brazilian Jujitsu is a martial arts specializing in locking, strangulation, and increasingly useful when fighting in a ground fighting position.
Brazil’s Jujitsu is most likely to create smaller people to surpass opponents who have more significant postures. Their philosophy is to use energy effectively to create a little movement that has a spectacularly considerable effect.
From generation to genera02tion
The success of the ‘first generation’ led by George and Helio, then continued for their children. As a result, the Gracie Family grew and grew.
Many famous names appear in the next generation of families like Carlson Gracie, Carlos Gracie Jr., and Rorion Gracie.
Mastering the martial arts of Jujitsu Brasil, every successor to the Gracie Family took a different way of life, but that matter made the Gracie Family even more known.
For example, Carlson who chose the way to fight and successfully created his name familiar throughout Brazil because of success in doing revenge for the defeat of his uncle, Helio on Valdemar Santana.
If Carlson chose to fight, then Carlos Jr. decided to create a Jujitsu Brazilian heritage predecessor to be more global.
Carlos Jr. is the founder of the International Brazilian Jujitsu Federation (IBJJF) which became the umbrella of the Brazilian jujitsu association from all over the world. Also, Carlos Jr. concentrated on spreading Jujitsu Brazil by becoming a coach in many places.
The opposite is also exact of Rorion, which is the oldest child of Helio. Although holding a ninth-level black tire belt, Rorion also prefers to teach and not jump into the world of free combat.
But unlike Carlos Jr., Rorion moved to the United States and became a stylist as much as the Hollywood action film like Lethal Weapon.
From Rorion’s hand, too, collaborating with Art Davie and John Milius, the concept of free combat in the United States began to be known, namely through the Ultimate Fighting Championship in 1993.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship and the Glory of Royce Gracie
After a legitimate UFC was held, the famous name of the Gracie family came from Royce Gracie. He successfully created Brazilian Jujitsu more widely known to all the world as his success mastered the UFC stage.
Royce is the first, second, and fourth UFC series champion. Undeniably, Royce was a phenomenal figure at the beginning of the founding of the UFC and became among the fighters who managed to carry the prestige of the UFC.
In each of his battles, Royce successfully outperformed opponents more than him. Each opponent was dropped by Royce and then locked the opponent with a lot of locking techniques until the opponent finally gave up.
Since Royce’s participation in the UFC, from series one to five, Royce has never felt defeat.
He did not succeed in becoming the UFC champion in the third series because he resigned after beating Kimo Leopoldo in the quarter-finals when that Royce feels dehydrated.
One unique affair of the UFC’s early era was Royce’s rivalry with other UFC legends, Ken Shamrock.
Royce outperformed Shamrock in the semifinals of UFC 1, and then they both failed to meet at UFC 2 because Shamrock was injured.
The description of their rivalry was increasingly felt when Shamrock concluded withdrawing from the UFC 3 final because he understood that Royce had resigned first.
Both of them ended the meeting again in the UFC finals 5. Royce, who at that time had never been defeated, came home to face Shamrock who was curious about revenge.
The second duel was exciting. Successful Shamrock shows a draw fight. If not a few of the previous Royce opponents have surrendered in a matter of not enough than 10 minutes, Shamrock can continue to fight for up to 30 minutes plus six minutes of extra time.
The result of this fight is a series which then raises as much debate in public. Curiosity is increasing because Royce then chose not to play in the UFC after the fifth UFC series.
This great rivalry then brought both of them to become the first two people who entered the UFC Hall of Fame in 1993.
“We feel that there are no two people outside of them who deserve to receive this award.”
“Their contribution to the UFC, both inside and outside Oktagon (the battle arena), will not be matched by others,” said UFC President Dana White when delivering the speech.