Kyra Gracie Uncovered: A Short Film

September 10, 2011  |  Events, Practice  |  Comments Off

This short film, the full version of the Interview with Kyra Gracie video, shot in Aug-Sept 2011, features Kyra like never before. An in-depth interview is cut with extensive footage of her training and rolling, only weeks out from ADCC 2011.

The interview includes:
- How it was to grow up a part of the famous Gracie family
- How her uncles tried to dissuade her from pursuing a career in jiu-jitsu, going so far as to tell her to quit
- How she’s inspired a new generation of “Gracie girls”
- Details of her plans to start a family

The line of questioning in this interview was inspired by and borrowed from the project work of Jeanne Chun, a health and physical education teacher, yoga instructor and Crossfit instructor from New York city, who visited Rio de Janeiro in July/August 2011 with the assistance of Fund For Teachers.

Kyra Gracie Uncovered: A Short Film

Filmed at Gordo Jiu-Jitsu / Evolve MMA, Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro

Film by Hywel Teague
With thanks to Dennis Asche

Interview with Kyra Gracie

August 16, 2011  |  Events, Practice  |  Comments Off

Jeanne’s Fund for Teachers summer grant fellowship brought her to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to interview top athletes and coaches to explore factors that motivate female students to participate in sports and compete as athletes. In the following interview with Kyra Gracie, the most well-known black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Kyra responds to Jeanne’s research project questions, including:

How did your teachers motivate you when you started to learn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?

Interview with Kyra Gracie: Part 1

Kyra talks about her early years in the sport, tricks that her teachers and family used to motivate her to train, and reveals that far from helping her achieve greatness, many of her family actually tried to dissuade her from competing!

The line of questioning in this interview was inspired by and borrowed from the project work of Jeanne Chun, a health & physical education teacher, yoga instructor, and Crossfit trainer from New York City, who visited Rio de Janeiro in July/August 2011 with the assistance of Fund for Teachers.

-Special thanks to Hywel Teague, Dennis Asche, & Kyra Gracie

Lifting at the Original Rocinha Crossfit

August 13, 2011  |  Events, Practice  |  Comments Off

Lifting weight with homemade objects at the original Rocinha Crossfit box

The original Rocinha Crossfit box

Check out this equipment!

Homemade kettlebell

Back squat

Carrying equipment through the hills of Rocinha

-Special thanks to Rogério Rodrigues & the community of Rocinha

To see more photos of Rocinha and Rio de Janeiro, click here and here

Outdoor Play Spaces at Rocinha

August 11, 2011  |  Events, Practice  |  Comments Off

Crossfitting in the outdoor play spaces at Rocinha, the largest favela in Brazil

One-arm plank

Soccer kids jumping into the fun

Box jumping on the steps of the soccer area

Plank on plank

Pistols on top of the skate ramp

Rogerio running up the hill with Jeanne

Pull-up bars at Rocinha

-Special thanks to Rogério Rodrigues & the community of Rocinha

To see more photos of Rocinha and Rio de Janeiro, click here and here

A Visit to Rocinha & Instituto Dois Irmãos

August 4, 2011  |  Events, Practice  |  Comments Off

Teaching yoga at Instituto Dois Irmãos with fellow Crossfit coach, Rogério at Rocinha, the largest favela in Brazil and South America – amazing vibrant energy!

Rocinha

Newer houses in Rocinha

Outside Instituto Dois Irmãos

Exploring the shoulder girdle

Handstands!

Yoga practice

Tree pose

Full of gratitude

Instituto Dois Irmãos

The future is here!

Teammates

-Special thanks to Rogério Rodrigues & the staff of the Instituto Dois Irmãos

To see more Rio de Janeiro photos, click here and here

Nova União at Academia Upper

July 26, 2011  |  Events, Practice  |  Comments Off

Real Rio Show Episode 5.2
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at Academia Upper in Flamengo, home of Nova União

“Real Rio Show makes it’s way to the Nova Uniao academy in Flamengo, where chief black belt Andre Pederneiras welcomed the guys to his class. Nova Uniao is known for it’s powerhouse BJJ and professional MMA team, which boasts the likes of UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo, Bellator vet Marlon Sandro and more.”

To see more Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu photos in Rio de Janeiro, click here

Ginástica Natural, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu & Crossfit

July 23, 2011  |  Events, Practice  |  Comments Off

Living the athletic lifestyle in Rio de Janeiro

Crossfit coaches Rogerio & Jeanne


Rocinha Crossfit, São Conrado Beach

Nova União at Academia Upper, Flamengo - Jose Aldo, we meet again!

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with Nova União coach, André

Rolling with Oswaldo

Ricardo Vieira - Fight Zone/Checkmat BJJ

Ginástica Natural with Raphael Romano

Ginástica Natural at Leblon

To see more photos of the athletic lifestyle in Rio de Janeiro, click here and here

Crossfitting at Ipanema Beach

July 21, 2011  |  Events, Practice  |  Comments Off

Ipanema, Brazil

Dips

Toes to Bar

Pull-ups

To see more photos of athletic life in Rio de Janeiro, click here and here

Training at Gordo Jiu-Jitsu

July 9, 2011  |  Events, Practice  |  Comments Off

Training with Rommel Cardozo:

Warming up at the academy on a cold night

To see more photos of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training in Rio de Janeiro, click here

Organs & Listening

January 10, 2011  |  Practice  |  No Comments

Featuring: Reflections Yoga teachers and students