GRACIEMAG and the Jiu-Jitsu Worlds are practically synonymous. Ever sincethe May 1996 issue hit the streets - while still in the Jornal Gracie (“Gracie Newspaper”) format, with spectacular photos by Ricardo Azoury, and with coverage of the first World Championship -, the greatest Jiu-Jitsu magazine and the most exceptional gentle art competition have walked ventured forth together.
Over these 15 years since the first event, there have been 14 covers (the 15th is soon to come) and endless tales of victory, defeat, celebration and drama. It was the pages of GRACIEMAG that offered up all the details behind the historic finals of the absolute division, from Bitetti vs Gurgel, in 1997, to Roger vs Rominho, in 2009.
It was also on those very pages that you shook from excitement with the most superlative images captured by our aces behind the lens. The cover of GRACIEMAG 31, with coverage of the ’99 World Championship, is a splendid example. It was in GRACIEMAG that you read the heartfelt statements from the stoic fighters who even in the heat of battle still had the quick thinking and reasoning to utter immortal sayings. For example? “It’s 1 to 1, but I have an arm of advantage,” spat Roger Gracie, shortly after losing to Jacaré in 2004, in the famous final of the hyper-extended armbar. The reptile (“Jacaré” means alligator in Portuguese) would retort a year later, after winning yet again, by a score of 2 to 1.
The GRACIEMAG at the Worlds Blog came to be so as to add to the coverage of the greatest gentle art event there is. With special articles posted daily, it will reminisce about the championship’s historic moments. It will also rescue the finest images and relive the most celebrated matches, with testimony from those involved. Looking to the present, the Blog won’t falter in analyzing the state of each warrior as they show up in Long Beach for the 2011 edition.
And when the matches begin in the California State University pyramid, the Blog will be the perfect channel through which to accompany all the excitement as it comes. Keep your eyes trained on the greatest coverage of the Jiu-Jitsu World Championship 2011 there is, and check out sublime videos, not-to-be-missed interviews, the most glorious of photo galleries and the whole ambiance only the Worlds can produce for Jiu-Jitsu lovers!
We’ll see you in Long Beach!