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10/12/2002
09:50:05
Subject: Jiu-Jitsu in Brazil?
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Hello, I train Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu here in America. I have heard things about how Jiu-Jitsu has a bad reputation in Brazil? Is this true? Next year I'm gonna be in Rio training with Royler Gracie. Has anybody here heard of the Gracie Family? I know that Ryan Gracie is known for getting in lots of fights in Sao Paulo. Also, I heard that Barra is the safest place for a tourist to stay in Rio. Is this true?

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10/13/2002
01:03:55
RE: Jiu-Jitsu in Brazil?
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Yes, Jiu-Jitsu does have a very bad reputation in Brazil, specialy here in Rio. It is due to a cultural movement known here as Pit-Boys whose members are alleged to practice Jiu-Jitsu, be of violent behavior, and their pet is usually a Pit-Bull.
No, the safest place here in Rio is not Barra, that is the place where you are most unlikely to see poverty since there is almost no commerce outside shoppings.
I actually advise you to not stay in barra if you do not wish to be dependent of a car to do every single thing. Also Copacabana has no beauty nowadays I suggest Ipanema or Leblon for your stay.


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10/14/2002
11:44:31
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Hello CLayzinho,

Jiu-jitsu in Rio rules! I was there few months ago, trained at the Carlson Gracie academy.
I stayed in Copacabana and there was no problem whatsoever. Any time of the day, no problem,
tho I admit that I was probably lucky...

It's a long way from Barra to Humaita, so if you wanna train everyday, you should consider residing in Humaita.
Do you know anybody from Royler's?? I'm sure somebody there would be able to help you find a place near the academy.

Barra is quite cool, but far from everything. Unless you want to train at Gracie Barra with Carlos Gracie Jr. & truckload of other black belts.

About JJ's reputation, I don't know. I never was in a situation where being a jiu-jitsu practioner would have been a bad thing. If you're nice the people will like you, but if you're violent and arrogant they won't like you, jiu-jitsu or no jiu-jitsu.

And the most important thing: LEARN PORTUGUESE!!!! People there don't speak English...

If you want more info, just mail me
asantane@yahoo.com.br




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