Jiu-Jitsu’s loyal subjects have gotten used to the idea the martial art will only make it to the Olympics once it has conquered the world, TV and children the planet over.
Hogwash. GRACIEMAG positions itself and wagers the path points in the opposite direction. It’s by conquering the world, kids and TV that the sport will inevitably make it to the Olympic Games one day. Slowly but surely, with perseverance.
We make this assertion after rereading the latest GRACIEMAG cover story. Jiu-Jitsu, at least in Abu Dhabi, has come to power at the hands of Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, the brother of black belt Tahnoon bin Zayed.
What is the princes’ view of Jiu-Jitsu? What are their thoughts on the sport? How can that change the lives of practitioners and competitors like absolute champion Claudio Calasans, who overcame Bráulio Estima? Find out in GRACIEMAG.
Proof the art has reached universal status can be found in this issue. From Abu Dhabi our director traveled to New York and California non-stop. He witnessed an MMA champion in action at Claudio França’s American Cup, and much more. In New York he confirmed how JT Torres will be the next big American Jiu-Jitsu star. Find out why.
The June issue offers up heaps of lessons. The most potent (and at times comical) of which came from WEC champion José Aldo, who explains how having his bed float like a boat during a flood influenced the way he plays Jiu-Jitsu.
In Training Program, five-time world champion Robson Moura pulls out the stops in his demonstration of how to raise the technical bar of your Jiu-Jitsu’s sweeps and passes with the help of our GMA Josef Cobra.
In the article on nutrition we address the issue of red meat, a food despised by Helio Gracie and, nowadays, by a number of MMA champions. Will you have a helping or pass?
There’s also the story of one tough nurse, new Ginástica Natural exercises, what Jiu-Jitsu fighters can learn from the nature of a peculiar predator, and a test with 35 multiple-choice questions for you to test your knowledge of theory – and – Why not? – practice.
To wrap things up, Martin Rooney teaches an old-fashioned workout he does with a bar anywhere, at the gym or at the beach.
Indeed, this month GRACIEMAG offers up an issue that goes from the luxury of royal palaces to the simplicity and free-flowing style of a red belt. The one who has everything to gain from it is the reader, whatever their belt may be.