There’s a saying when lots of women in a certain group begin getting pregnant at the same time that makes reference to “something (unusual) being in the water” of the community. I don’t know if something similar can be said for the Brazilian jiu-jitsu community, but there is definitely something afoot among some of BJJ’s biggest names in competition right now.
Just this year GracieMag published a photo of the United Kingdom’s big names from Gracie Barra, Roger Gracie and Braulio Estima. Were they locked in a grappling battle on the mats? No, they were pushing a pair of strollers with their new toddlers as they walked through the streets of an English city together.
And what about Gracie Humaita? Well if this is not an example from that side of the house then I don’t know who is: Xande Ribeiro is due to be a father in early October, just after he returns from the ADCC in Barcelona at the end of this month. I was visiting the Ribeiro brothers’ school UNIJJ earlier this month to gather interviews about the ADCCs and the UNIJJ’s preparation. While I was there, Xande introduced me to the mother-to-be. A little later Xande and I were alone for a moment.
Caleb: So, are you scared?
Xande: What do I have to be scared of? I am going to be the ADCC champion!
Caleb: No, I mean are you nervous about becoming a father soon!
Xande’s response was as confident as his original answer but there was definitely a pause as he reflected on the gravity of fatherhood!
Parabens to all of these new fathers and their mothers!