Jiu-Jitsu de Graça
This saying and patch on my kimono was the beginning of SOULFIGHT.NET in 2001. People thought I wore the patch to teach Jiu-Jitsu for Free as in no payment. It meant when I do jiu-jitsu, I am free. Free to express myself honestly. I had the patch made in Rio de Janeiro in children letters because jiu-jitsu can make an adult feel like a child again.
The Jiu-Jitsu de Graça expression came out of a talk I had with a surfer/Carlson Gracie black belt I met in a surf shop in Brazil. We went surfing at Prainha, Rio de Janeiro with the new board I purchased. He asked me during the drive the beach why I surf…I said to be free. Then he asked why I train jiu-jitsu…I said to be free. All I heard next was, “Tony you are Jiu-Jitsu de Graça!” Like a soul fighter, I replied with a smile.
Since 2004 Soulfight.net has been committed to spreading the knowledge of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu using instructional programs, workshops, interviews, competition tournaments which as the SOUL CUP I and II, and instructional seminars with world champions to high-level black belts. Soulfight.net has always had two divisions of the company: The Surfing Division and The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Due to other projects at this time, we at Soulfight.net have been more focused on the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Division. Look for more Instructional DVD’s, Instructional Workshops and Seminars coming out of Southern California!
SOULFIGHT.net is the self-expression of your performance in the academy, arena or in the elements!