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Carlos Gracie: O Criador de uma Dinastia

Rio de Janeiro: Record, 2008

By Reila Gracie

Reviewed by Roberto Pedreira  

Posted  Friday May 17, 2013


Chapter 12.1931/34-Casamento, Paternidade e Misticismo


One day Carlos brought home a girl to meet his mother Cesalina. She was attractive and quiet, but Cesalina didn't like her. Because she was a mulata [mixed-race girl]. She worked in a shop in the center of the city. Her name was Carmem Clemente. Carlos didn't care about her genetics or who her parents had sex with. His experience had taught him not to judge people on their color, appearance, or social status. He disregarded the racist mentality of his family and only adopted the ideas of society when he considered them to be fair and correct. In addition to being young and attractive [it goes without saying], Carmem had paranormal capabilities. She could hear what people were saying even from a distance at which no human ear could "capture sound." One day she told Carlos that his friend was dead and that he should hurry to his friend's family's home because, according to their conversation which she had "heard," they needed his help. Carlos went, and found that his friend really was dead, and the family really did need his help.

Carmem was soon pregnant. Carlos married her in a civil ceremony, since he was not connected with any formal religion and wasn't already married. Contact with the super-natural became part of Carlos's everyday life. Inside the home, his woman  kept him plugged in to supernatural manifestations, and outside, Oscar Santa Maria never stopped stimulating Carlos to study occult books which were full of clues to the hidden meanings contained in ordinary objects and acts. Controlling the sexual instincts and sexual reproduction were two concepts that he soon began to put into practice. Creating life, for Carlos, acquired a divine characteristic. The birth of a child was a divine blessing for Carlos. But for Carlos' brother George, babies were a curse. George was a mulherengo [he liked girls] and he was famous and extroverted [and handsome, in good shape, and spent money freely, when he had some, a combination of qualities that essentially guarantees feminine companionship].  When George was 21, temporarily without money and with no desire to be a father, his girlfriend got pregnant. George was scared and didn't believe the soon-to-be baby was his. The girl was a minor and George was legally forced to marry her. He registered the baby under the name Maria Helena, but continued living his playboy lifestyle, alone. It was a paper marriage only.

Carlos was the opposite.He couldn't have enough babies. The more the better, married legally or not. The first was Eduardo, August 3, 1933. But Carlos, acting on his knowledge of numerology, bribed the escriv„o do cartorio [notary office clerk] with an offer of free jiu-jitsu lessons,  to fraudulently alter the birthday to August 12 [13 was an unlucky number, obviously]. 

Several months later, he also changed the name of the baby boy. Eduardinho became Carlson.

Eight months later Carmem was pregnant again. Totally influenced by "natural concepts" Carlos wanted his first-borne son to continue drinking his mother's milk until he was three years old. Carmem had milk in abundance so it was not difficult to comply with her husband's wishes. When Carlos Robson was born, Carlos instructed everyone in the house to be sure that Carlos took no nourishment other than milk from Carmem's breasts. In this way, Carmem breast fed both boys at the same time for the first eight months of Robson's life.

Carmem was a capable girl. She was the one who made the quimonos that Carlos' and Helio's students wore. When a plumbing problem developed in the house, she grabbed some tools and fixed it.  A picture in O Globo, the only one that exists, shows her in a quimono training jiu-jitsu with Carlos. The resemblance between Carmem and Carlson was striking. Although there is no photograph of them together, everyone said that he was physically like his mother. In an interview for the book, Carlson said he had a vague memory of his mother, dark and pretty, breastfeeding her two sons and neighbor's children. He said "Mommy was calm and caring, didn't talk much. It was said that I looked like her."

Carlos prohibited Carlson from watching rooster fighting.  Nevertheless, according to his cousin Rickson (question # 22, in this interview), Carlson inherited his father's passion for the game of "brigas de galo."


Chapter 13. 1934.


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