Before the Surge; A Look Back to the Day of Challenge Matches

Before the glamorous events of MMA that we watch today, we had many fights between martial artists. Gym invasions or even fights at the beach were common back then. The rivalry between Jiu-Jitsu and Luta Livre in Rio de Janeiro was brutal and you can watch a historical fight between Eugênio Tadeu and Royler Gracie in the video below. The year is 1986 and despite the brutality, you can also see the respect between both groups.



Born and Raised in the City of Curitiba in southern Brazil. 19 years of Jiu-Jitsu and today is one of the professors and partners of Higher Ground Jiu-Jitsu in Rowland Heights, CA and a contributor to Jiu-Jitsu Magazine. You can keep in touch with him on his social media channels as well.

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