Jiu-Jitsu Training in Rio
Never before released photographs of training in Rio, discovered
July 2013 in a shoe-box.
Posted August 3, 2013
(Carlson's most graduated black
belt). Rumored to be the only man who tapped Rickson (just a rumor however),
while training at Carlson Academy (see Jiu-Jitsu
in the South Zone chapter 22 for more about Rosado and this rumor).
in the South Zone chapter 12 for more about Carlson Academy).
De la Riva
in the South Zone chapter 13 for more about Ricardo de la Riva).
(see Jiu-Jitsu in the South
Zone chapter18 for more about Oswaldo Alves. Also interview with Oswaldo Alves here).
Below, Oswaldo Alves awards purple belt to Alon.
Sergio Souza "Bolão" (Corpo
(see Jiu-Jitsu in the South Zone
chapters 9 and 19 for
more about Sergio Souza "Bolão" and Corpo Quatro).
Clube Israelita Brasilerio
(below). BJJ is taught here, much else as well. Bolão
taught here at one time.
Kazula Clube de
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (Brasa Team) is one of many styles offered at Kazula Clube de
Carlos and Helio didn't spend much or any time
in such places. Too down-scale, and they didn't drink alcohol or eat meat
Really, nothing on the menu would have been acceptable to Carlos Gracie, and
Helio ate what Carlos told him to (see here).
George, Gastão Jr. and Oswaldo would have been ok with it though (see here).
You might have met Carlson at such a place too. There are/were plenty near
his famous academies (indeed, the one below was). Brazilian Top Team
wrestling coach Darrell Gholar would feel right at home (see Jiu-Jitsu
in the South Zone chapter 20 for more about Darrell Gholar and
the lanchonete incident).
Typical apartment in the Copacabana (below) where a person
might live while training jiu-jitsu. (this one was on Paula Freitas). Gates, guards,
and lots of locks. Rio really is the marvelous city, but having wealth and being surrounded by a large majority of really poor, angry people,
you need security. If you want to understand why Brazil was governed for
twenty-one years (1964-1985) by generals, you need to grasp this: The solution to
poverty, some people thought, was to distribute the wealth more evenly. The
people who liked that idea didn't have the power to make it happen. And
Fans fill the Tijuca Tenis Clube, 2006. Photos suggest one
reason BJJ won't become an Olympic sport soon. Everyone watching is a BJJ person
and understands the game (you had to be there to get it). TV stations won't
broadcast events that sponsors won't pay to support, and they will support
programs that lots of people with
disposable income want to watch, and people seldom like to watch things that
are boring and incomprehensible to them. BJJ people think BJJ is fascinating
(which it is but only if you understand it, which you can probably only do if
you also train BJJ). For most other people BJJ is a colossal yawn-fest. Bottom line: Ice figure-skating in, BJJ
Ready to rumble. Opponent was disqualified for
lack of aggressiveness. Marcelo went on to take Gold-again.
(c) Roberto Pedreira, 2013. All rights reserved.
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