Tradition, The Rise of a Gracie Fighter is director Daren Bartlett’s third feature length documentary film about Brazilian culture. The film charts Roger Gracie over a decade and gives the viewer an extremely intimate portrait of a young fighter working towards a hard won World Champion status. Roger represents a generation of the extraordinary Gracie family of Rio de Janeiro, the world renowned martial arts dynasty and pioneers of the devastatingly effective grappling style that is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. The remarkable history of this discipline spans 100 years.
The film also explores in depth the family’s roots and their revolutionary effect on worldwide martial arts, and includes rare archive material and interviews with many key family members.
Go inside Roger Gracie's steps to turn 10x World Champion. Know the secrets and the backstage behind this fighter from Gracie family.
All about Roger's victories, defeats, family situations, learnings, etc. All about the history of brazilian jiu-jitsu and how Roger Gracie participated from it.
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Roger Gracie is ten times Brazilian Jiu Jitsu World Champion. He is the grandson of the founder of the art, Carlos Gracie and the son of Mauricio Gomes and Reila Gracie. Through numerous academies around the world Roger and other members of The Gracie Family teach their remarkable fighting system to a devoted and ever growing following.'Tradition' follows the trajectory of Roger’s journey to fulfil a long held ambition to make his mark on the Absolute Division of the IBJJF Brazilian Jiu Jitsu World Championships.
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Mauricio Gomes is the father of Roger Gracie. Mauricio has been training and teaching Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for over 50 years. He is one of the people (most commonly known as ‘The Famous Five’) to have been promoted to black belt by Rolls Gracie in 1981, prior to Rolls’ untimely death. Mauricio was instrumental in bringing BJJ to the UK and brought several Gracie Barra world champions over to teach alongside him, including his son Roger. Mauricio has promoted a handful of UK students to black belt including Daren Bartlett (the film’s director) in June 2011.
Reila Gracie, mother of Roger Gracie and author of ‘Carlos Gracie, The Creator of a Fighting Dynasty’. “The Gracie Family has an immeasurable importance in Brazilian sports culture. I am not aware of any other family in the world that has been able to maintain a professional tradition in sports or martial arts for nearly a century, reaching four generations... And the creator of this dynasty of fighters is Carlos Gracie, my father’ Reila was key in the development of this film project. The access she gave the production to her knowledge and archive proved invaluable.
Renzo Gracie, grandson to Carlos Gracie and cousin to Roger, Renzo is 2 x ADCC Champion. Renzo’s name is synonymous with Vale-Tudo, the ‘No Holds Barred’ style of fighting in Brazil that is the origin of today’s global phenomenon of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). He has fought all over the world for such organisations as Pride FC and UFC. He pioneered Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in America when he founded The Renzo Gracie Academy in New York in the 1990s. Renzo is coach and mentor to Matt Sera, a former UFC Champion, John Danaher, the Jiu Jitsu coach to UFC champions Georges St Pierre and Chris Weidman, Shawn Williams and Ricardo Almeida to black belt and of course Roger Gracie 10 x Jiu Jitsu World Champion. Renzo is a great example of what a martial artist can be. Armed with total belief in the system he and his family evolved and gave to the world. During the course of the Tradition documentary project Renzo made time for the project and opened his mats to the intrusion of cameras. His generosity of spirit and those of all the Gracie family members who contributed made this twelve year in the making documentary something unique to make and perhaps to watch.
A thoughtful and thoroughly engaging film and a unique, intimate window into the world of Jiu Jitsu and the dedication it takes to be a Gracie Fighter.
Jessica Mellor - Film Journalist