Know Your Roots
Brazilian Jiuj-Jitsu is one of the fastest growing martial arts and sports in the world. With this incredible surge of growth it becomes important to know if an academy and it's head instructor are a legitimate source of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Any instructor should be able to easily share their lineage to our founders. Understanding from whom we have received our Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu techniques helps assure new students that they will learn legitimate Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. There have been interesting discussions about lineage in some Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu forums on the internet. Some say it doesn't matter because it doesn't mean that you will win a fight. There is some truth to this in that if two people have different but verifiable lineage and both have the same rank and trained the same amount of time, either person could win the fight regardless of which lineage they are aligned with. On the other hand, if one fighter is from a "fake" black belt charleton that never learned legitimate Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, most would agree that they may have a serious disadvantage. The reason that lineage matters is that it's a way for the community to help police and keep track of who is a teaching legitimate Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Many martial arts have difficulty proving lineage and therefore any person could stop by the store, purchase a black belt and open their doors for business. Knowing that our instructors received their instruction from legitimate Brazilian Jiu-jitsu instruction that traces back to Mitsuyo Maeda helps assure that your time and investment are not being wasted with a conartist. REV remains closely connected to Waldomiro Perez, Jr. and both Waldomiro and Rickson Gracie can verify our legitimacy. Below is our lineage tree beginning with Mitsuyo Maeda at the top.
Born November 18, 1878 in Funazawa village, Hirosaki, Aomori, Japan, a Brazilian naturalized as Otávio Maeda was a Japanese judōka (judo expert) and prizefighter in no holds barred competitions. He was also known as Count Combat or Conde Koma in Spanish and Portuguese, a nickname he picked up in Spain in 1908. Along with Antônio Soshihiro Satake (another naturalized Brazilian), he pioneered judo in Brazil, the United Kingdom, and other countries.
Maeda was fundamental to the development of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, including through his teaching of Carlos Gracie, Luis Franca and other members of the Gracie family. It is said that Maeda won more than 2,000 professional fights in his career. His accomplishments led to him being called the "toughest man who ever lived" and being referred to as the father of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. For more information about Maeda, click here http://www.bjjheroes.com/bjj-fighters/seeds-of-mitsuyo-maeda
Carlos Gracie, Sr.
Carlos Gracie was the founder of Gracie Jiu Jitsu and the leader of the Gracie family as well as a successful enterpreneur. He reached the “Decimo Grau” 10th Degree in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, a degree only given to the founders of the “Arte Suave” (gentle art). His lineage and legacy is the broadest and strongest in Jiu Jitsu. Although Claudio Franca learned directly from Maeda along with Carlos, Carlos and those under his lineage managed to carry Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to more areas of the world and recruit more students.
Nickname: “Pai Branco” (so called by his family members). Pai Branco means “White Father” in Portuguese, this was the name his brothers and close family called him due to his habit of wearing white at all times and because he was considered the head of the clan (fatherly figure). For more information about Great Grand Master Carlos Gracie, Sr., click here http://www.bjjheroes.com/bjj-fighters/carlos-gracie-sr-profile
Helio Gracie was a younger brother and student of Carlos Gracie, Sr. and is one of the most important figures in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He is among the first Brazilian Jiu Jitsu representatives from the Gracie family in the 1930s and 1940s he is also the father and master of many fighters who carried the name of BJJ to Martial Arts main stream in the early 1990s, such as Royler, Rickson and Royce Gracie. His lineage and legacy is also one of the broadest in Jiu Jitsu and he is seen as one of the fathers of the Brazilian grappling art. For more information about Great Grand Master Helio Gracie, click here http://www.bjjheroes.com/bjj-fighters/helio-gracie
Rickson Gracie was born in November 20, 1958 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He is the son of Jiu Jitsu Grandmaster Helio Gracie and considered by many the greatest Gracie Jiu Jitsu practitioner in the family’s history, and having been praised by many BJJ champions (like Paulo Filho, Demian Maia and Ricardo Arona) as the best BJJ fighter they have ever rolled with.
Rickson’s youth was spent on the mats. He was raised to be the next family representative in the fighting World, following his predecessors path’s, including his father (the first representative of the Gracie Clan), his cousin Carlson (the second family representative) and his other cousin Rolls. Always considering himself as being a Gracie Jiu Jitsu practitioner and not an MMA fighter, he took pride on the fact that he did not cross train in other martial arts in order to compete against the best. For more information about Grand Master Rickson Gracie, click here http://www.bjjheroes.com/bjj-fighters/rickson-gracie-facts-and-bio
Marcelo Behring is widely considered one of the most important Jiu Jitsu figures in the 1990’s. A black belt under Rickson Gracie, he was often praised by Rickson himself as his best student and said to be by the media as the number two BJJ fighter in the World (Rickson being the first in line) at that time. His charisma and prowess on the mats helped raise BJJ in Sao Paulo, Brazil, though his thirst for life led him to extreme highs and lows in his life. For more information about Master Marcelo Behring, click here http://www.bjjheroes.com/bjj-fighters/marcelo-behring
Waldomiro Perez "Junior"
Waldomiro Perez "Junior" was born on the 20th of Jamuary 1965 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Junior is a historical Jiu Jitsu figure in the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo. A 7th degree coral belt in BJJ under Marcelo Behring and a Judo black belt under Olympic bronze medallist Shiak Ishi, Waldomiro Perez has graduated important fighters such as Roberto Godoi, Jorge Patino and Max Trombini, having also been part of the famous MMA reality show “The Ultimate Fighter” on two occasions (TUF7 and TUF10) as the grappling coach. He is also the founder of Cia Paulista, one of the most important BJJ academies in Sao Paulo and also served as the vice president of the FPJJ (Federacao Paulista de Jiu Jitsu) the first Sao Paulo BJJ federation – an organization he co-founded with Moises Murad. For more information about Master Waldomiro Perez "Junior", click here http://www.bjjheroes.com/bjj-fighters/waldomiro-perez-jr
Johnny Mendoza was born in New York, New York on July 22, 1972, and has lived in Huntington Beach, CA, since 1977. Johnny joined the Cia Paulista team as a blue belt and was promoted to purple belt and brown belt by Waldomiro Perez, Jr., Eduardo Leitao (Cia Paulista's Head Coach and fourth degree black belt) and Joe Moreira (eighth degree Coral Belt). He continues to train with them on a regular basis while teaching his students at REV - Cia Paulista.