Carlson Gracie fought in 18 Vale Tudo matches, brought jiu-jitsu to the masses, and innovated many of the MMA training practices we now take for granted.

These points come from Robert Drysdale’s excellent book, The Rise and Evolution of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, available on Amazon at

I’ll be talking to Robert Drysdale about this topic on episode 387 of The Strenuous Life Podcast.

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Stephan Kesting