1. Jorge, can you tell the Eastern European BJJ community about yourself and your journey in bjj and Vale Tudo/MMA?
I’m Jorge Pereira , 48 years old , from Rio de Janeiro – Brasil . I’m Black Belt 6 th Degree under Rickson Gracie and Carlos Gracie Jr. I was graduated by Rickson , but when he left to the USA , I kept training with the family , with carlos Gracie Jr. I was a competition fighter of the family all my life. I fought also Vale tudo fights , anything goes . I am Brazillian Champion of ValeTudo ( Open Division – all weights ) 1996 . I am 3 times Pan American Champion of JiuJitsu 2002. 2003 , 2004 . World Champion No Gi in 2008 and other titles during my career.I’m also the creator of RIOHEROES / true valetudo on Internet. Now I’m living in Miami , where I teach at Knockout Zone Gym ,on Biscayne and NE 50 st . Miami – Florida !!!
2.You have trained with such legends as Marcelo Behring and Rickson Gracie. Can you tell how you met them, about your relationship with them and how it was to train Jiu-Jitsu in Rio in the 80’s and 90’s?
|Jorge’s Master Rickson Gracie|
People look for jiuJitsu for different reasons , you can fight Jiu-Jitsu and not like MMA , this doesn’t mean that you will not put your Jiu-Jitsu to prove , Jiu-Jitsu is about SELF DEFENSE !!! It’s for life . Even MMA is unreal now , with rules that makes the combat unreal. The Jiu-Jitsu self Defense should be training people to be ready for all situations , even MMA or VALETUDO!!!
4. You are also the creator of the famous Vale Tudo events Rio Heroes. Please tell us how it was to run such a raw fighting event. Do you believe that with the popularity of modern MMA (with time limits, gloves and rules) real Vale Tudo, bare knuckle fighting has a chance to become popular again?
|The famous Rio Heroes Vale Tudo events|
5. Jorge, please tell us about your academy in Miami, Florida (Roots USA)
Ah Gabriel Gonzaga “Napao ” from UFC is mine too , black belt of my black belt Wander Braga, but I put the belt on him because I always was the head instructor.
|Gabriel Gonzaga is one of Jorge’s students|
JIUJITSU LIFE AND HONOR OF A GENERATION !!!!