Renzo Gracie was recently seen engaged in a fight, in a New York Subway.
It is reported that the popular Gracie was having a conversation in Portuguese, with one of his fellow Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belts and staff members. Then, he was confronted by an individual for speaking a foreign language, who was yelling at Renzo to “speak English here [in the USA]”.
Renzo then responded, accusing the aggressor of racism – and a fight ensued.
As can be seen on the video below, Gracie was caught by surprise and was taken down by the assailant, but he quickly reversed him and started Body Lock passing his legs. A female witness tried to pull him away from the other person, but was stopped in doing so by another bystander.
It’s reported that Renzo quickly established an Arm Triangle hold and got a “verbal tap”; with the perpetrator apologizing. So, Renzo released him soon after. Renzo made him apologize.
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Renzo Gracie is one of the most beloved – and most charismatic – BJJ athletes and coaches in the world. His love for the Gentle Art knows no limits, as he’s said in an interview for the Frota Academy:
Jiu-Jitsu is… Everything I am. It’s like I’m Jiu-Jitsu and Jiu-Jitsu is me. The reality is, if you take Jiu-Jitsu out of me, I don’t see.
I apply Jiu-Jitsu not only on the mats, not only when I’m fighting… But I apply Jiu-Jitsu really in everything. Really in all situations.
Jiu-Jitsu is a foundation of a huge building. It’s a way of life.
He is grateful for being a part of Jiu-Jitsu history and for the opportunity to transfer knowledge:
One thing that I see that has been of importance through my family is – keeping the knowledge alive. Strengthening the spine of this amazing sport.
I feel very honored to be a link on this amazing chain of relatives and people, and those who will come after me to keep teaching Jiu-Jitsu, to keep passing the knowledge forward.