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Tuesday, February 09, 2010
Renato was just involved in running the East Coast and West Coast Trials for the richest and most prestigious Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu event in the world, the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Cup 2010. That event takes place April 15-17 in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, and will distribute the biggest prize in the history of Jiu-Jitsu, US$150,000.
Our discussion not only centered on the results of these qualifying tournaments, in which several purple and brown belts emerged victorious over more experienced black belts, but also on the development of jiu-jitsu as a professional sport independent of, and different from, mixed martial arts. While Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and grappling of course remain the key foundations of mixed martial arts, the growth of both gi and no-gi tournaments all around the world is a welcome phenomenon.
We discussed these developments, as well as why it is so important for parents to have their children training in some style of martial arts or grappling, rather than just being occupied by television, video games, and the like. And we also discussed the opening of his new academy in Vero Beach, Florida, and much more.
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