More Gracies Movie Details Emerge

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A photo of the Gracies circa 1962 from the family archive, donated by Angela Gracie to the film.

Back in September we brought you an interview with Victor Cesar Bota, the director of the documentary titled The Gracies. In a conversation with Bota earlier this week, he gave a few more details about when we can expect to see the movie. As of this moment, Bota is confident that his movie about the Gracie family, and Brazilian jiu-jitsu by extension, will be available this coming autumn. The film for the most part is already finished and only legal formalities remain.

While the film itself is expected to be an important addition to early jiu-jitsu historians’ collections, Bota offered that the bonus materials will be appreciated by jiu-jitsu fans as well. The bonus section of the film will include the following original footage:

  • Scenes from moments before Renzo Gracie’s very first MMA fight. Shot at the 1992 Gracie Vale Tudo Desafio in Rio de Janeiro, the backstage video is said to include a young Renzo’s arrival at the event and time in the locker room with Ryan Gracie.
  • Footage from the early 1980’s of the late Rolls Gracie training with Rickson, Royce, and Rillion Gracie while Helio Gracie observes.
  • Original video from the backyard challenge fight between Gracie Barra students and Carlson Gracie students. Robson, Renzo, and Ryan are on one side while Carlson’s guys are on the other.

Lots of exciting early jiu-jitsu history to look forward to.

In addition, while the independent film is not expected to be distributed in theaters across the country, Bota believes there may be in-theater screenings in select venues in the United States. Stay tuned!

9 Replies to “More Gracies Movie Details Emerge”

  1. I don’t think that showing this backyard challenge can do any good for the sport. Here in Brazil, where the sport was originally born, we try not to show those facts to separate the image of the fighter (athlete) and the street brawler. That is the main reason why we are not able to keep our best fighters competing here in Brazil because no brand wants to suport any events just because of this conection fighter/street brawler. It’s time to show the profissional side of it!!! We have the best fighters, the best camps, the best masters, howcome we don’t have the best tournament? Because of this past…wich we not regret, because i believe that this past made the fighters we produce today! It’s the honor culture!! Were a lot of street fights and street challenges like that, speccially between Jiu Jitsu and Luta Livre! We are thankful to america for what you did with the Vale Tudo Idea, but we have to make our MMA history! That was a time when the best like Chuck Liddell, Oleg Taktarov, Heath Hearing, Igor Vovchanchin, Pat Smith…came here, to compete with no gloves! We deserve that support! We don’t want the UFC to come down here, we want to make our own!!!!!

  2. I agree partly with what you say Fabio.. but it is part of the history.. History is not always pretty but it is what makes us what we are today.. in this case it is part of the history of the Gracie Family and this sport.

  3. Even more importantly, it’s part of the evolution of Jiu Jitsu as a fighting art. It was years of these challenges and refinement that made it so effective as self defense.

  4. i can’t wait to see this.

    are there anymore details on the Roger Gracie movie that was mentioned a few months ago?

  5. Can someone . figure out who’s on the picture… I know but only two name are missing … 😉

  6. franck-I’ll give it a shot but I think I’m missing 2 as well. I think it’s Rickson down front. Then the 3 in the middle, from L to R would be Relson, Rorion, and Rolls. Top row, L to R, ?, ?, Helio, Carlson, Rillion?

  7. (Back row L-R) Robson, unknown, Helio, Carlson, Reyson.
    (Middle row L-R) Relson, Rorion, Rolls.
    (Front Row) Rickson.

  8. What amazes me is seeing the kids in this picture, being who they are today …such an example of patience and dedication …. I wish that I could do 10th of this in my life…

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