Unseen Gracie Challenge Fights
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Beginning in the 1920s, the Gracie Challenge was an open invitation issued by the Gracie Academy to martial artists of all other styles to fight them in a "vale tudo" match. A precursor to the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), the purpose of these challenges was to prove the effectiveness of the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. In this rare never-before-seen footage, shot in the early 90s, you will see 10 Gracie Challenge matches against traditional martial artists at the Gracie Academy in Torrance, CA. It
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