I have spoken to different Carlson Gracie academy members about this and here is some of the back ground on it all. Most everyone knows about the split up of the team so I wont go into that plus I don’t think it’s my place to comment on it.
A few years ago Carlson did used to enter a team into a lot of different comps especially the major ones including the Mundial’s. He was not happy with the way some of these major comps were run ( I will not go into details) and tried to boycott with the backing of the other teams but when push came to shove the other teams were not willing to go through with it. Anyway guy’s from the team still compete like myself with there backing and both Carlson Gracie Sr and Jr still attend the Mundials if they are in Brasil at the time.
As Andre has stated, splits can break a team but even though some of Carlson’s best guy’s left a lot still remained. With the help of these loyal team members the team will not and has not totally broken down. The current instructors at Carlson’s academy in Copacabana Brasil are doing a great job of keeping things going over there and they are still producing high quality students, While both Sr and Jr are now trying to rebuild the team bigger and stronger than ever, but this all takes time.
I am very proud to be involved in this process of rebuilding the Carlson Gracie Jiu-jitsu team and look forward to helping to create these new champions. There are new Carlson students that are taking up the challenge of Vale tudo with some success so keep an eye out for these guy’s in major MMA events in years to come. The Jiu-jitsu team in the US is also growing bigger as is my team over here in Australia; it is an exciting time to be involved in this new generation of Carlson Gracie Jiu-jitsu. If you believe that things happen for a reason or that you make the most of any given situation this is now a chance to spread the Carlson Gracie style of Jiu-jitsu around the world, so maybe the split needed to happen for the team to grow world wide. Just a thought!!
Both Carlson Gracie Sr and Jr are now looking forward to the future with there new team but which ever way you look at it BTT is in all case and purposes Carlson Gracie Jiu-jitsu. You can see so many MMA fighters from different teams today that can trace back there lineage to Carlson.
Look to the future we will be back bigger and stronger than ever.
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