The Gracie Academy Responds This Coming Sunday

by Caleb on December 4, 2009

relson gracie, rorion, rener, ralek, rhalan
Gracie family members from left to right: Rhalan, Reylan, Rener, Relson, Rorion, Ralek, and Ryron.

Just a quick heads up for those who don’t follow us on Twitter: On Episode 191 of The FightWorks Podcast (that’s Sunday!), Rener Gracie responds to the statements made by his uncle Renzo Gracie. Renzo’s impassioned comments about The Gracie Academy in Torrance resulted in that show being downloaded more than any FightWorks Podcast episode in our humble BJJ radio show’s history.

Rener is the son of Rorion Gracie and the grandson of Helio Gracie, as well as a head instructor at the Gracie Academy in Torrance. I felt that it would be wrong to not offer him the opportunity to address Renzo’s claims.

In addition, we’ll hear from Jonathan “JT” Torres, the twenty year-old Lloyd Irvin black belt who has been excelling in competition in his jiu-jitsu career. After just returning from competition in Japan, he is now in Brazil this very weekend competing again.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

radamez85 December 5, 2009 at 9:14 am

controversy ! lol i thought this didnt exist in bjj community!
this is exciting, because i tend to side w/ Renzo and always
wonder why noone from the other academies do the big tournaments.

Billy December 5, 2009 at 1:38 pm

Can’t we all just get along? We are still working to show people a true martial art. In fighting will only slow us down.

TMDalbey December 5, 2009 at 2:14 pm

Competition is at the heart of evolution. Controversy is a strong sign of good health withing the BJJ community. Let’s validate claims with test results – it’s the scientific method!

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