• Categories
  • Archives

Brazilian Who Brought Jiu Jitsu to US Gets Award in California

Rorion Gracie, President of the Gracie Academy and chairman of the Gracie Museum in Los Angeles will be the recipient of the Brazil-California Chamber of Commerce (BCCC) Southern Cross Merit award during its annual gala dinner.

Gracie was the first Brazilian to bring the Brazilian style of Jiu Jitsu – an old oriental martial art – to the United States, over 20 years ago.   He was also the creator of the successful UFC – Ultimate Fighting Championship – in 1995 and trainer of several Hollywood celebrities. 


The Brazilian entrepreneur and his team still train several branches of the US government including the Navy Seals, FBI and the LAPD. Today Brazilian or Gracie Jiu Jitsu is known virtually all over the United States and Gracie is recognized as the driving force behind it.


Brazil-California Chamber of Commerce started its tradition of honoring members of the community who had strived and excelled in promoting Brazilian business, arts, sports and culture not only in California, but also all over the US in 2003. Former recipients include David Neeleman, President and CEO of JetBlue (2003) and Amauri Soares, CEO of TV Globo International (2004).


BCCC was established in 1996 as a non-profit organization to promote business relations and commercial trade between Brazil and California, also providing a forum for the promotion of cultural exchanges and social interaction between both countries.


Today, BCCC is a proud representative of the Brazilian business community in California, comprised of professionals, entrepreneurs, as well as large and small companies interested in obtaining information on trade, investment and economic issues.


The chamber has been a valuable source for Brazilian and American executives, businessmen and politicians by providing information about trade, commerce and investment leads in California and Brazil.


The BCCC annual gala dinner and the award ceremony will be held on Saturday, October 22, 2005, from 6 pm at the Westin Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, California.


Contact:


Glauco Magalhães – BCCC President
Tel/fax: +1- 323-658-7402 
chamber@brazilcalifornia.com
www.brazilcalifornia.com

Tags:

  • Show Comments (0)

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

comment *

  • name *

  • email *

  • website *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Ads

You May Also Like

Brazil, the Least Affected by Global Economic Crisis

According to a survey by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Brazil ...

Emirates Sweeten the Pot for Brazilians Willing to Work in Dubai

The headhunter company Seniors Executive Search, based in the capital of the southeastern Brazilian ...

Blackness’s Fear and Stigma Make Brazil a 6% Black Country

I would now like to turn my attention to the ever popular argument concerning ...

Brazil: We Have Two Amazons

The Brazilian government is disputing accusations that the country is destroying the Amazon to ...

Former Brazilian Justice Minister Hired to Defend US Pilots Involved in Boeing Crash

ExcelAire, the American company that bought the Legacy jet, the aircraft that ended up ...

Can Free Markets Fix It All? These Times Are Over. Says Brazil President

Talking in Spain, Brazilian President, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, noted that the days ...

Brazil’s Armed Forces Drafted into Indian Vaccination

Starting next Monday, April 4, approximately 13 thousand Indians in 677 villages throughout Brazil will be ...

Top Military Leader in Brazil Warns New Defense Minister Against Left-Wing Actions

Brazilian Augusto Heleno,  a retired general and former commander of UN forces in Haiti ...

Brazil Accuses EU of Moving Backwards on WTO Agreement

In a press conference Tuesday, January 24, Brazil’s Minister of Foreign Relations, Celso Amorim, ...

UN Says Brazil Doesn’t Offer Enough Security for World Cup and Olympics

Brazil must intensify a crackdown on violence as part of its preparations for the ...