When looking at the history of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in America, the Gracie Barra school plays such a crucial role. Today we will speak with the first Gracie Barra representative in North America. Adem Redzovic and his brother Eddie run Gracie Barra Chicago. In this interview we will find out how he and his brother first learned about jiu jitsu, what it took to be a GB representative in the early days and what you should expect as you evolve technically in the gentle art.
Considered one of the toughest heavyweight strikers from Brazil, the K-1 veteran Vitor Miranda moved from Santa Catarina to Rio de Janeiro, where he gives Muay Thai classes at the Delfim’s Academy, and train with names like Pedro Rizzo, Glover Teixeira, and Thales Leites. The fighter told OTM about the new phase of his career and promised that he will now be devoted entirely to MMA.
Erivan Conceição is one of the top athletes trained at the Champion Academy, of Luiz Dórea in Bahia, Brazil. With several titles in boxing, the fighter landed in Rio de Janeiro, where he trained with great fighters like Nogueira brothers, Anderson Silva, and Rafael "Feijão" Cavalcante.
Gabriel Kitober has been studying jiu-jitsu for the better part of two decades all over the world. He has competed at every level of competition, including placing twice at the Worlds. After teaching in Brazil and the United Kingdom, Gabriel has now relocated to Las Vegas, Nevada, where he is teaching and training with some of the best fighters in the world. Gabriel is also one of the guys that helped Scotty from OTM win his first gold medal in Brazil.
Last November at this time, Pat Runez was making the final preparations with his teammates and coaches at Arizona Combat Sports before making his professional MMA debut at PFC 11 - All In, which took place on November 20th of last year in Lemoore, California. This was a unique pro debut for a fighter, as he was one of four participants in the PFC flyweight tournament that was put together to crown the first PFC flyweight champion.