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Marcus Soares BJJ Seminar
(08 June 2009)

7th Degree Black Belt Marcus Soares is coming to South Africa. Marcus will be conducting a 2-night seminar at Novagen's Greyville Racecourse premises on Wed, 10 June and Thurs, 11 June from 17:30 to 19:30, both nights. For more information, Contact Darell on cell: 084 597 6490 or via email: 200268387@ukzn.ac.za.

Marcus Soares is a direct student of Carlson Gracie Sr. and has been a member of the original Carlson Gracie Team since the first generation (1970). Today he is the most experienced Carlson Gracie Team Professor and is widely regarded as the Father of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Canada.






Passing of a legend
(31 January 2009)

On Thursday morning, 29 January 2009, Grand Master Helo Gracie, the iconic founder of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (otherwise known as Gracie Jiu-Jitsu), died of natural causes at the age of 95 in Rio, Brazil.

Frail and prone to fainting spells in his youth, Helio modified the traditional Japanese Jiu-Jitsu his family had been taught by a grateful Japanese immigrant, to focus more on leverage, positioning and technique. This would allow anyone, even the weak and small, to effectively take on much bigger, stronger opponents as the fighting style did not rely on brute force. This style would become known as BJJ.

Apart from pioneering the martial art, Helio's other many achievements include taking part in the longest continuous fight in history - at 3 hours and 45 minutes.

Helio fathered 9 children, including 7 sons who all went on to become influential BJJ instructors and fighters throughout the world.

A strong believer in discipline and self-control, Helio recently commented in an interview: “I’ve already told my sons that when I die I want there to be a party. No drinking, no debauchery.”

Learn more about Helio Gracie here.