Metamoris Pro Jiu-Jitsu Invitational

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NATIONS AND HISTORY COLLIDE IN THE METAMORIS
PRO JIU JITSU INVITATIONAL II HEADLINE BOUT:
KRON GRACIE VS. SHINYA AOKI
Los Angeles, Calif. (April 24th, 2013) – The Metamoris Pro Jiu Jitsu Invitational II, taking place June 9 live from L.A.’s historic Pauley Pavilion, features six first class Brazilian Jiu Jitsu fights.One fight in particular, the headline fight between world champion Kron Gracie and DREAM lightweight champion, Shinya Aoki, carries the weight of nations and family pride. The match represents 60 years of competition between Brazil’s Gracie family and the modern-day samurai of Japan.

On October 23, 1951, a crowd of more than 40,000 Brazilians packed into Rio De Janeiro’s Maracanã Stadium to watch Helio Gracie grapple with Japanese champion Masahiko Kimura. The match ended when Kimura, who outweighed his opponent by 71 pounds, trapped Helio in his eponymous shoulder lock and the Gracie corner threw in the towel.

Helio’s son, the legendary and enigmatic Rickson Gracie, wrote the next chapter in this rivalry in an even more dangerous arena when he fought Japanese submission artist Yuki Nakai at Vale Tudo Japan 1995. Meeting in the final match in a grueling open-weight tournament, Rickson submitted Nakai in the first round with a rear naked choke. The fight was Nakai’s last pro bout, but the beginning of his pursuit in the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Nakai became the first man in Japan to earn a black belt in BJJ, and is the teacher who awarded Aoki his black belt in the “gentle art.”

On June 9th, Rickson’s son Kron will face Aoki in a no gi match that reverberates through history. “It’s not just me and my father, and grandfather, but many other Gracies have fought these opponents. This is what I was born for,” says Kron. “I was born into a family where I have to represent what my family gave me. This is my chance to complete the battle and by fulfilling my dream, I’m keeping my family’s legacy alive.”

The match carries no less significance for Aoki. “Brazilian Jiu Jitsu changed my life,” says Aoki. “I am honored to compete as I am a true admirer of the Gracie family.”

Metamoris Pro Jiu Jitsu Invitational II will be broadcast live via pay-per-view for $19.95 through metamoris.com.

Tickets are available now for purchase through Ticketmaster.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contacts:

Sage Gracie
PR/Branding Director Metamoris Pro Jiu-Jitsu Invitational
310.951.2205
sage@metamoris.com

Jon Bier
646.541.5256

jon.bier@industryfiend.com

Official Card*:
Shinya Aoki vs. Kron Gracie
Braulio Estima vs. Rodolfo Vieira
Roberto “Cyborg” Abreu vs. Brendan Schaub
Mackenzie Dern vs. Michelle Nicolini
Andre Galvao vs. Rafael Lovato Jr.
Bill “The Grill” Cooper vs. Ryan Hall*Fight card subject to change

Doors open at 3 pm PST
Royce Gracie autograph signing from 3-4 pm PST
Broadcast begins at 4 pm PST

For more information go to www.metamoris.com.

 

Victory!

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With the growth of the Sport, the distance and the busy life that I have, it is impossible to be at all places that my Students, Students of my Students and Friends are Fighting. But this weekend’s results were excellent! Congrats Joaquim Ferreira, Mauro Celso Guilherme Santiago, Gustavo Lott, Edson Sururu Jorge and Isai Cabrera for their Victories in Brazil and Houston. Also congrats to Romulo Barral, Gabriel Arges ( Bronze), Terrinha GB New England Gracie, Luiz Guerra Brandon Mullins ( Silver) and Andy Cordova ( Double Gold) for their performances at the Pan Ams 2013. Congrats also to all the other Warriors that represented GBBH, GBTX and Gracie Barra, winning or not. The Legacy is alive and well!

 

Draculino – Grace Magazine – Sit Up Guard – 4

Draculino shows some techniques for Gracie Magazine, in the sit up guard. This is the 4th set of moves for this series.

 

Draculino – Grace Magazine – Sit Up Guard – 2

Draculino shows some techniques for Gracie Magazine, in the sit up guard. This is the 2nd set of moves for this series.

 

Draculino – Grace Magazine – Sit Up Guard – 1

Draculino shows some techniques for Gracie Magazine, in the sit up guard.

 

Misson 2 Accomplished

Well….Mission 2 accomplished. Brandon Wolverine Mullins and Romulo Barral won their divisions at the Europeans, and they were the only two to submit their opponents on the finals. We cannot also forget the great performance that Gracie Barra put on in Lisbon, specially my students and representatives from Gracie Barra Greece, Gracie Barra Poland, Gracie Barra Neatherlands and many others. It is one of this weekends that the work pays off. UFC and IBJJF, the top of the chain in each sport, has some of us there at the top.

 

Guard Passing – Brandon “Wolverine” Mullins

Gracie Barra Texas Black Belt Instructor, Brandon “Wolverine” Mullins teaches a few tricks for guard passing.

 

Draculino Teaches 3 Guard Passes

Draculino Taught 3 Guard Passes at the Gracie Barra Head Quarters in California

 

 

What are your focused on right now?

Poppa Rotzee:
What are you focused on right now? Are you still primarly focused on teaching, or do you have any desire for competition (Bjj tournament or MMA match)
Draculino:
There is not one single day that fighting or competing doesn’t cross my mind….but now, my focus is to keep the school growing, assist all the GB in Texas associated schools to grow, study that new tricks that the new generation put on and maybe make them better and less boring.

 

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.