BJJ Red Belt Rolling With Black Belts In Abu Dhabi
It is not everyday that you get to see a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Red Belt live rolling. Today however, is one of those days. Check out this brand new video of Grandmaster Hilton Leao rolling with black belts in Abu Dhabi.
If you think earning a BJJ black belt takes a long time you should try imagining the 40 years average of being an instructor that it takes to earn your BJJ red belt!
Via Wikipedia: According to Renzo & Royler Gracie, in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu the red belt is reserved “for those whose influence and fame takes them to the pinnacle of the art”. It is awarded in lieu of a ninth and tenth degree black belt. If a practitioner receives his or her black belt at 19 years old, the earliest they could expect to receive a ninth degree red belt would be at the age of 67. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu red belt holders are often addressed within the art by the title grandmaster.
Grandmaster Helio Gracie was born October 1, 1913 and passed January 29, 2009. He is credited with being one of the founding fathers of our beloved sport of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Helio was not physically a large man. His lack of an imposing physical stature caused him to make adaptations to the Jiu Jitsu that he had learned from his older brother Carlos. Eventually his adaptations would allow for the smaller person to be able to defeat the larger person. Before Helio Gracie, “size mattered” in terms of combat sports and self-defense.
This “David and Goliath” theme would be revisited in 1993 when the most unimposing of Helio’s sons Royce, would herald the popularization of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in the United States at UFC 1.
(Helio Gracie’s son Royce Gracie fighting at UFC 5)
Thankfully video camera technology was around to chronicle the rise of Gracie Jiu Jitsu, and thankfully it is all available on YouTube for the world to witness. Much of the footage below is quite rare and would probably have gone largely unseen were it not for this age of video sharing. That being said I hope you enjoy!
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