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  • I want to start off with your story because you know, you're a little bit older than may.

  • Not much.

  • You grew up in Rio de Janeiro in the seventies, right?

  • And I remember an interview that you gave one time where you said my life was like the Johnny Cash song Ah, boy named Sue.

  • And if people don't know this song, it's called a boy named Sue and a su Su is a girl's name of people don't know So if you're a boy and you're called Sue, you get beat up all the time And hens Oh, had his last name, Gracie, and you're in Rio de Janeiro.

  • So I guess everybody looks at you and says, Oh, this is this is the tough guy.

  • This is the guy with the Gracie Jiu Jitsu.

  • What was it like growing up as a Gracie?

  • What was it like growing up in Rio de Janeiro in the seventies?

  • It was very different, especially on the eighties.

  • On the 78 I moved you to buy the Tezuka, and when I moved, there was a very desolated area, and I start seeing that my, my, my, my my the females relatives couldn't go to the beach because you have perverts there doing things on the beach.

  • You would have people selling drugs.

  • You and I was just a kid.

  • I was 12, you know.

  • So and then I went to surf in a spot.

  • They kicked me out.

  • They didn't let me surf.

  • They're saying that I didn't know how to serve.

  • I was gonna hurt someone.

  • Get out of here.

  • They kicked me out.

  • I moved 500 yards down the beach and I put ah group off like 12 13 kids.

  • There were that they were kicking out the same way as I did.

  • Then I start training, we start surfing and we started.

  • I started teaching them, Use it.

  • So we're together.

  • Build a crew off, like in the end.

  • We're like 16, 17 kids, you know, like average 12 to 15 years old.

  • And then one day I say Now it's time for us to take over the good spot of social.

  • So and I remember this week I was in Brazil when there's an older guy who he was a police officer back then, he was actually ah, lifesaver on the beach.

  • And then they turned damage.

  • Your police officers.

  • So he's looking.

  • He goes, He was like still, he's just saw me there, you know, because I always go back to the trailer.

  • Went back then I remember the guys that used to come and give me a hot dog.

  • They say so you didn't each day Here, have a hot dog.

  • You know, they always look after me.

  • So every time I'm there, I just went there again.

  • You have a hot dog and I left $500 for them.

  • You know, for the And they are the kids off the parents who used to give you the hot dog.

  • I said this is from uncle here.

  • So here s O.

  • And the father was there.

  • He looked and he goes, Hello.

  • I still remember I was here and I look and I see it.

  • A bunch of kids like 15, 17 kids walking.

  • They could barely carry the surfboards and they came over.

  • And I think What the heck is this?

  • And you guys came and took over the spot.

  • We put up a pirate flag there.

  • We only allowed to surf.

  • There are friends of the good people.

  • If you come and use drugs at the beach would kick your butt.

  • We clean.

  • I I went to school with the kids from the Remember that movie?

  • Um, city of God?

  • Yeah, yeah, of course.

  • Way.

  • I was in a public school, so we went to school together.

  • And faith because of the situation, they were made them out.

  • Drug dealers, you know, they would sell the drugs, so I would go.

  • I would go there and tell them.

  • Look, cannot have drug sales on this part.

  • Anybody that comes to buy drugs from us, make sure that it cannot go across the street.

  • Otherwise, we're gonna beat them up.

  • We don't want this.

  • The police love us everything.

  • Like I was there.

  • Now the police come just to to to hug me.

  • You know, just now they go hell.

  • So you are they putting a statue off me on that beach?

  • I'm very uncomfortable with this because the normally put a statue of someone who died.

  • Never someone alive.

  • I thought that maybe you guys wait a little.

  • You know, you deserve to see this while you are alive.

  • And with that, I kept all the kids on my side I end up open the restaurant and bar that I run it and help my family from from.

  • I was 16 until I was 22.

  • You know, I used to sell 27 cans of beer night.

  • I used to was the number one bar in Rio today the whole street.

  • It's bars and body.

  • It's This street was based on my restaurant, and with that, I was able to run the all my friends around there.

  • Don't put them to help me work to.

  • I gave them jobs.

  • And, you know, we changed a lot of lives.

  • And one time, and we have my mother.

  • Moved out of the house was a big 10 bedroom house.

  • So any kid that had a problem with drugs with alcohol, we put them in a house with us.

  • We teach them to use it.

  • So we teach them how to eat the grace diet, how to do it right.

  • And recently I was in Houston doing a seminar, and I told the story I was telling about this house and that's the house that you see the fights on it.

  • The door was never locked, you know, it was never locked and I was telling the story One kid, one guy raised their hand and say, I know this is true and I want to tell everybody that is really true what he's saying.

  • And then I said, How do you know he goes?

  • I was their hands.

  • You don't remember me.

  • But I was there.

  • I was 12 years old and I had a drug problem.

  • And you put me in the house.

  • I lived there for six months with you.

  • I said, I can't believe he goes.

  • I was one of the kids, you know.

  • It was unbelievable.

  • Childhood was different.

  • I was just there now last week.

  • I just came back from Brazil this week.

  • And the police when I when I decided to leave toe, they say No, please.

  • We're gonna give you a salary and we pay out the expense of the house.

  • You keep doing the job.

  • They call it the crazy guys.

  • How's the crazy guy?

  • Because you kept order.

  • You guys kept order?

  • Yes.

  • And we take care off the neighbors.

  • There was no more people stealing in our neighborhood.

  • There was no more perfect pulling over and bothering the woman.

  • You know, There was no more drugs being sold.

  • It was it was clear was not allowed from that point on.

  • And we had the support of the police off the citizens.

  • You know, it was unbelievable.

  • It was unbelievable experience.

  • And and recently they decided to put a statue there of me.

  • You know, they ask if I wanna from the chest up or whole body is it?

  • We don't do nothing happy.

  • If we're gonna do it, I want again.

  • One side and a surfboard on the other.

  • My, my, my wife.

  • Why stop my washer?

  • Uh huh.

I want to start off with your story because you know, you're a little bit older than may.

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LIFE IN RIO ??: What It Was Like Living In Rio De Janeiro In The 80s & Being A Gracie - Renzo Gracie

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