Gracie: O Criador de uma Dinastia
Rio de Janeiro: Record, 2008
by Roberto Pedreira
January 27, 2013
1948-Introdução ao Jiu-Jitsu
At the end of 1948 Carlos published the
only book that he wrote. The cover had a picture of Carlos and Helio, taken
in 1934, both suited up in kimonos, in the shape of a triangle which would
much later become the logo mark of the academy.
The book was Introdução ao Jiu-Jitsu.
Given the title, readers might have been expecting to learn something about the
Japanese game of self-defense. If so, they would have been disappointed.
The book was dedicated to Oscar Santa
Maria, with a preface by editor Henrique Pongetti. Pongetti described Carlos and
Helio in super-heroic terms. Carlos and Helio had defeated champions of luta
livre, capoeiragem, and boxing, enormous brutes who were accustomed to
intimidating opponents merely by exposing their half-naked bodies. Not only
that, the oldest and youngest of the Gracie Brothers had even defeated the
Japanese masters at their own game.
[This is what Pongetti said, not Reila.
Pongetti was misinformed. Neither Carlos nor Helio had ever defeated a jiu-jitsu
master at his own game. Carlos had never even tried.]
The book was divided into five chapters:
(1) Conhece-te a ti mesmo, (2) Mente sã, (3) Corpo sã,
(4) Álcool, and (5) O Fumo. Carlos knew that readers would
want to learn about the secrets of specific jiu-jitsu techniques, so he promised
to write more books about that later. He promised to update them every year too,
as his opinions evolved. He did not want "jiu-jitsu Gracie" to become
stagnant and weak as had happened in Japan.
Reila describes the content of each
chapter. There is nothing about the techniques of jiu-jitsu. Indeed, there is
nothing about jiu-jitsu. The content is what Carlos thought about
"self-knowledge", "mental health", "physical
health", "alcohol", and "smoking."
Not surprisingly, as Reila says, the book
was not a commercial success.
(c) 2013, Roberto Pedreira. All rights reserved.