This month GRACIEMAG delved its deepest into the Jiu-Jitsu lifestyle, embarking on a handful of different odysseys to further our knowledge – and hence that of our readers. We collected adventures, lessons and friends from Moscow to Montreal, Rio de Janeiro to the farthest reaches of the USA. To paint a picture, the cover, featuring the Valente brothers, of this magazine without frontiers was taken in the European principality of Monaco. The result – besides countless stamps on our passport – is a rich, diverse and superbly-illustrated issue.
We start out in Russia, where GRACIEMAG director Luca Atalla got a glimpse of how Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and such an exotic country interact, swap information, and produce future gentle art and MMA aces. It’s a can’t-miss. To boot, we even caught up with a former ice hockey star who promises to pull guard on a friend of his; none other than ex-Russian president Vladimir Putin.
In São Paulo, we investigated the way Guilherme Mendes has been eating, resting and training from his start as a little boy to becoming the two-time Jiu-Jitsu world champion he is today – an achievement he shares with his brother, Rafael. The Mendes bros are the first black belt siblings to win gold medals at a World Championship on the same year. Gui looke back on how they did it.
From Canada we bring the finest images captured at the Montreal Open, an IBJJF tournament dominated by an academy belonging to our GMA; showing how the effort to spread Jiu-Jitsu around the world isn’t just the mission of teachers… but of GRACIEMAG, as well.
Another interesting article featured covers the different stages of a match. What do you need to keep in mind when time comes to shoot for takedown, pass or sweep? Find out this month in an article that is marvelously illustrated, which in itself is inspiring.
In Training Program, we dropped in on the Gracie Barra academy in Irvine and snapped shots of some intricate and effective submission holds by Kayron Gracie, one of the most technical athletes of the latest generation. Be sure to check it out.
To mark GRACIEMAG’s birthday, we gift our readers with five pages of lessons, perceptions and philosophies from our greatest heroes. It’s there for you to learn and have fun.
In the GMA section, we traveled to Boston and Chicago to get the scoop on who there showed the prettiest and winningest Jiu-Jitsu.
In CHOKE, serving up the best of MMA, we reveal what we learned from the latest feats of Rodrigo Minotauro and Ben Henderson – and much more. Are you going to miss out on that?
Besides all that, there’s Royler vs. João Roque revisited in Anthology; three scrumptious pre-training snacks based on the Gracie Diet; another ten tips for white belts; Rodrigo Minotauro’s Ginástica Natural routine; and the universal practitioner, that fellow who you’re sure to run into at Jiu-Jitsu academies from the Amazon rain forest to New York.
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