I just finished listening to the Renzo Gracie interview done by Caleb of FightWorksPodcast.com (#190) on November 29th, 2009. For a white or blue belt it gave some very important history right from the horses mouth. For example, I never knew about Rolls. I didn’t know really about anyone but Heilo.
Renzo talks about proving the superiority of the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu by fighting it out. Its dojo wars! He talks about street fighting with another school that was talking trash about the Gracies. The Gracies of course "beat the crap out of everybody there" as Renzo put it. This took place in Brazil. I think it very unlikely that he would follow through with going after Relson when he says "So don’t force me one day to do a visit, because I will do it." But he seems angry enough to do it. Maybe it would end up in the ring but not a street fight. Val Tudo was part of the rise of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and the spirit of it seems very much alive in Renzo. But I’m getting the cart before the horse. What started all this was the interview with Relson Gracie (#189). Relson made some claims about his school that inflamed Renzo. I won’t ruin it for you and let you listen to them. As I think on them I’ll have more to post.