Albuquerque’s Gracie Academy to Host Seminar with MMA, BJJ Pioneer Royce Gracie
Few sports legends can be credited for popularizing their sport as much as MMA/BJJ pioneer Royce Gracie. A member of the prolific Brazilian family who modernized Jiu-Jitsu and delivered it to the world, Gracie achieved iconic status by winning the first two Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC) in 1993. He did so while conceding fifty or more pounds to each of his opponents. To this day people still recount the sense of awe they felt as “this skinny Brazilian” took on huge, menacing opponents, dragged them down on top of him, and then choked them out like an anaconda.
It was the plan of Royce’s brother Rorion and father Helio to use Royce’s UFC conquests to demonstrate the effectiveness of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ). Now, twenty years later, BJJ is one of the most omnipresent martial arts around the world. Gracie is now regarded as a living legend, and is a highly sought after clinician.
April 6th Gracie himself will be in Albuquerque to give one of his rare seminars at the Gracie Academy. There is space for fifty attendees, Gracie Academy students receive priority but non-academy members are encouraged to attend.