Draculino: “Gracie Barra is still #1” & “Jiu-jitsu changes lives”

http://www.mantofight.com http://www.scramblestuff.comhttp://www.connectionrio.com‬ — Vinicius ‘Draculino’ Magalhaes is a 4th degree Gracie Barra black belt. Part of the GB team since the 1980s, he shared a mat with many of the most famous names in jiu-jitsu, including the Gracies, the Machados and more.

With Gracie Barra academies of his own in the USA, Europe and Brazil, Draculino explains how the organisation was the perfect environment for him and his peers to grow, and why the team was (and still is, in his opinion) number one.

He also explains how jiu-jitsu isn’t just a sport or form of self-defence, but has the potential to truly change lives.

Filmed entirely at the Gracie Barra academy in Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro.

 

What changes I would like to see in IBJJF

Poppa Rotzee:
If you could change anything with the current Jiu-Jitsu Scene, what would it be and why?
Draculino:
Change the rules somehow that 50/50 and Berimbolo stalling gets punished. It is ruining BJJ. And I tell u more: it is the same opinion of several other long Time Professors. Not forbid that techniques but make the match happen and be Dynamic somehow.

 

BJJ, Losing Street Cred?

Poppa Rotzee:
When UFC first came out, and Royce Dominated everyone he faced, bigger or smaller, in a no holds match….everyone saw Jiu-Jitsu as an unstoppable force. The thought it was the complete martial art for self defense. As other arts started to learn Jiu-Jitsu, they would use Jiu-Jitsu to defend jiu-jitsu so they could then attack with other styles. There was a melting pot of martial arts that eventually led to modern mma, which Jiu-Jitsu is a staple for. For some reason, there are these people who have emerged and begin to think that Jiu-Jitsu only works on a mat, or a cage and never in the street.

Draculino:
Jiu-Jitsu is, proved, the most effective form of Self Defense in the World. Like you said: before it was a FIGHT! Minimal rules. Pretty much a street fight. No time limit, no rules, no weight limit and everyone saw what happened. So BJJ covers pretty much all the common agressions that not non skiilled people can do to you. It is funny to see other styles copying JJ techniques and saying that it is theirs. For the street, you just need to adapt, a little bit, certain things. I tell from my own experience and by witnessing HUNDREDS of street fights that JJ IS effective and essential on the streets.

Poppa Rotzee:
Why do you think people think this? Where does this stem from and why are they wrong?

Draculino:
People think that because they say: I won’t be rolling on the ground with anyone. The truth is that you WILL be rolling on the ground with an agressor eventually if he is bigger, stronger, if you are in a situation that you don’t have space to stand up and move and etc. So if you don’t know how to “roll on the ground” you will be beat up pretty bad, like we saw thousands of times. Another misconception is about multiple opponents. People forget that JJ has stand up basic striking and stand up submissions. There a couple of things that you can do also to SURVIVE on a scenario with multiple people. But the truth is, muliple attackers, with minimal knowledge, will most likely kick your ass, doesn’t matter if you are the best striker, wrestler or grappler.

 

Insider: Draculino Vs Royler Gracie

Poppa Rotzee:
Talk to us about your matches with Royler Gracie. Was he the toughest opponent you ever had? What made him hard to beat? You did better every time you faced him, what was it that you changed in your game to make you better?

Draculino:
Royler was probably the most complicated opponent because I could not beat him in the 3 times we faced each other. He was really hard to beat since his physical condition was like and Olympic Athlete and he was like a machine. He did not commit any mistakes. Besides that, he was good everywhere, great takedowns, guard, top game, positioning and submissions. I think that I did progressively better against him because I improved my Takedowns, physical condition and also I studied his game a lot. So the last two matches were really close. Because of him, I restarted Judo training again after some years without training it.

 

Importance of Situational Training

Poppa Rotzee:
How important is situational training and putting your self in bad spots?

Draculino:
That is what makes the difference between a good and a GREAT BJJer. Being as effective in attack and defense is imperative. Nowadays, you don’t see many people great on both. For the long run, when you don’t have the same physical condition and stamina, without a good defense, you will be in bad shape.

 

Draculino: Pivotal Moment in Jiu-Jitsu

Poppa Rotzee:
Has there been a pivotal moment in Jiu-Jitsu, that stands out to you? Can you tell us about it? e.g. a new set of rules that changed the game, or a new technique, or position that you witnessed both the before and after effects of.

Draculino:
A car ride with Master Carlos Gracie Jr. When he convinced me that I could be a full time BJJ artist and have a good, healthy and happy life. I never got back to work on an Law Office since then.

 

Draculino: Little Known Fact

Poppa Rotzee:
What is something that most of the BJJ community doen’t know about you? E.g. Another passion, a certain subject you like, secret addiction to something, life changing moment or part of your childhood etc. Can you elaborate on it?

Draculino:
I’m a World War 2 freak. The more I study, the more impressed I get on how humanity could do it to their own and to the World. But the most amazing is that you could see the highest level of love, care and kindness on the middle of the Chaos.
After Jesus Christ and Christianity, WW2 is the most important and impressive chapter of Human History.

 

Draculino: UFC 146 Predictions

Poppa Rotzee:
What are your predictions, and why on this saturdays upcoming UFC Pay Per View?

Draculino:
Dos Santos vs Mir- JDS ko!
Valasquez vs Silva- tough one but I say Silva TKO
Nelson vs Herman-Nelson Submission.
Jason Miller vs CB Dollaway- Miller decision.

 

Draculino: The hardest lesson I ever learned

Poppa Rotzee:
What is the hardest lesson you ever had to learn, the one that either you didn’t want to accept or maybe hurt the most…or maybe just took you the longest to learn?

Draculino:

That sometimes when you are getting ready for a big competition or fight, that MORE can be LESS. In my opinion, it is better to be UNDER trained than OVER trained. At least with me and my athletes. In 2006 I was training for a MMA event in Brazil that got 3 fights in one night. I trained 4 months for the event and was in the best shape of my life. One night, after an exausting session in the morning and afternoon, I felt that I could go more and decided to do a BJJ session, Grappling only. My body was really tired and sore but I went anyway. What happened? Blew my ACL. 6 month no training…..not cool and it was a lesson learned.

 

Draculino Thoughts on Brazil and America

Poppa Rotzee:
American and Brazilian Contrast. As a person who has lived both in Brazil and America for some time now, what would you say the hardest part about living in Brazil was? What is the hardest thing about living in America now? Now, on the other side of that coin…what are the best things about living in America and what were the best things about living in Brazil?

Draculino:
Brazil is my home Country and where I have spent all my life. I have been in America for a long time, but living, only for 4 years so I can say I know more about Brazil than I know about America. Brazil: Advantages- My family, Friends, Rio and BH and for sure the FOOD!!!!! Disadvantages- Lack or organization, a little more violent than the US, not so good economy and Corruption in the Government. US: Advantages- Order, more respect to good professionals, better sense of community and better economy. Disadvantages- Food, insurance system ( legalized theft ), sales scams ( also legalized theft ) and way too many taxes! But I have to say that I LOVE living in America, specially in Texas, where, for sure, people are WAY NICER than SOME other places in the US.