#189 Marcelo Garcia and Relson Gracie

by Caleb on November 22, 2009

Marcelo Garcia Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Champion
Marcelo Garcia at the 2009 BJJ World Championship.

This week’s episode of The FightWorks Podcast is very unique. To start, we are very fortunate to bring you an interview with one of Brazilian jiu-jitsu’s favorite personalities and most successful competitors, Marcelo Garcia. Garcia, a world champion in International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation competition as well as the Abu Dhabi Combat Club, recently has made some big changes. Not only has he returned to New York City, where he’s opened a new school, but he has begun offering BJJ instruction online at MGinAction.com with assistance from Josh Waitzkin, a brown belt in BJJ under Garcia and a decorated chess player on the global level. I have wanted to bring Garcia on our show for a very long time so I am especially grateful to FightWorks Podcast contributor Christian Simamora for bringing us this interview.

Secondly and no less exciting is a conversation with Relson Gracie! Relson is the second son of Helio Gracie and a red and black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Undefeated for 22 years in Brazil, Relson earned the nickname “Campeao”. These days Relson has a large association of jiu-jitsu schools and devotes his time to teaching his father’s jiu-jitsu to others. Conversations with Relson are always lively so try to keep up!

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BJJ Relson Gracie
Relson Gracie and cohost Dan.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

franck November 22, 2009 at 3:12 pm

Amazing show guys , what a “Tour de force ” !…
thank you
Franck

Sky November 30, 2009 at 11:07 am

i had no clue josh waitzkin trained BJJ. i’m not huge into chess but i get into it from time to time. josh has an incredible talent for teaching and understanding the thinking mind in competition, i might try MG in action for a little if he’s really leading all this and there’s really all this footage going into it.

ChairibOfJustice December 14, 2009 at 5:46 am

Hasn’t anyone ever seen “Searching for Bobby Fischer” here?!

I’ve always considered BJJ to be human chess, so it makes a lot of sense that someone like Josh Waitzkin would take an interest in it. Cool story.

Don’t move till you see it Josh!

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