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Gracie’s and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Coming To America

No matter how many times you hear a story, if the teller is different each time you find out details that you have never hear before.  In the interview just recently done by TheFightWorksPodCast.com entitled #195 Jiu-Jitsu Takes Roots in the USA they talked with Richard Bresler, one of the first students of Rorion Gracie, about when Rorion came to the United States.  Mr. Bresler was witness to the start of BJJ in the USA and even a roommate with Rorion until he got married.  Some of the highlights for me where when Mr. Bresler talked about training with Heilo, Rorion, Rickson, and Royler.  Can you imagine getting personal instruction from so many of the Gracie Family.  I’ll be luck if I get to meet a few of them let alone get personal training.  We know that at the beginning they were training out of a garage but did you know they had 5 garages going before Rorion got help from Mr. Bresler to buy his first school?  But I think the best part is how Mr. Bresler would go find fights for Rorion.  Rorion didn’t want to cause hatred.  He just wanted to show what BJJ could do.  So he sent out Richard to find and arrange fights.  If you want to hear some good BJJ history don’t miss this podcast.

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