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Friday, June 28, 2013

No Holds Barred: Rose Gracie on 2013 Gracie Worlds, Brazil Protests, and Questioning Everything 

On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman once again speaks with Rose Gracie.

Originally mainly known as the granddaughter of the legendary Helio Gracie and the daughter of UFC co-founder Rorion Gracie, Rose Gracie has come into her own with her series of jiu-jitsu tournaments which have matches that can only be won by submissions, with no points or judges. This rule set she describes as "the real jiu-jitsu" which her grandfather did.

Her next tournament is the 2013 Gracie Worlds.

This event is scheduled for June 29-30 at the Santa Clara Convention Center, 5001 Great America Pkwy, Santa Clara, California 95054, and is being held in conjunction with The FitExpo - Santa Clara. The gi tournament will take place Saturday, June 29, followed by the no-gi tournament Sunday, June 30, with kids' and adults' divisions both days.

On Sunday, Rose's husband and retired MMA fighter Javier "Showtime" Vazquez will face Eddie Bravo black belt Victor Davila in a submission-only, no-time-limit superfight.

We spoke with Rose Gracie by phone in a late night interview in the wee hours of Friday morning.

We discussed the Gracie Worlds and the importance of submission-only events for jiu-jitsu, grappling, and the combat sports. We also focused on the protests in Brazil against corruption, out-of-control spending on the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Rio Olympics, lack of jobs, and the neglect of the well-being of the masses of people.

She explained why she follows this advice given to her by her family: "Accept nothing. Question everything."

We also talked about her experiences attending several events, including Nick Diaz's new WAR MMA promotion and the Metamoris Pro jiu-jitsu event, organized by her brother Ralek Gracie, and more.

So while the hour was late when we talked, the talk was sharp and insightful, just as it always is with Rose Gracie.

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