Renzo Gracie, legendary figure in Jiu Jitsu and MMA, recalls his time in the Gracie house in Rio de Janeiro in the mid 80’s. When he was 17, Renzo’s parent split up and they moved out of the family house. He became a father figure for his brothers Ralph and Ryan. With their parents out of the house, they turned his family house into a dojo and organised fights for the tough guys in the neighbourhood.
Renzo and his brothers quickly turned it into a brotherhood and helped several people out of drugs. Renzo recalls: “The house was crazy, we have lost the keys in the first week“. you can even see a young Romero “Jacare” Cavalcanti co-founder of Alliance at the end of the video:
the following video is a rare footage of Ryan Gracie (in the light blue speedo) backyard fighting in the house in Brazil.