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A 2008 documentary on MMA legaend Renzo Gracie.

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  • Apr 9, 2010
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Probably the greatest documentary on a Mixed Martial Artist and it just so happens it is on one of the all time greats, Renzo Gracie. The Gracie's are the first family of MMA and are even literally the creators of The UFC; Renzo is one of the best fighters from that legendary family. For those who know that is really saying something because this family is beyond legendary. This documentary is an inside look into 10 plus years of Renzo's life from his first fight to his latest against Frank Shamrock.

I love the way that this doc starts with Renzo telling a story about a time in Pride FC were the other fighters were talking about they would rather be home, his response to them is hilarious and just shows the type of man that he is. From the start Renzo tells of how BJJ was started and how his father was a prisoner in a corrupt land and was tortured along side his people. His telling of how his father said that no matter what was done to them there were some people in there who never broke, and never said a word, I like Renzo would be proud of that heritage as well. His family's history is covered rather well in this and gives an insight into how it all began from humble beginnings to a legendary family.

His career is of course a driving force behind this but more time is spent on his losses in this documentary, more so than his wins because you learn from them. His brutal knock out of Oleg Taktarov though is what starts things out on this doc. But until last night's wonderfully beautiful KO of Michael Bisping at the hands of legend Dan Henderson I would say this is the most brutal knock out ever, it still may even beat Henderson's. From here we are treated to rare glimpses of Renzo's early days including a fight that literally started the entire crowd to riot, I love those crazy Gracie's

From his many wins to his fewer losses we are treated to his life in and out of the fight game, and like every other Gracie Renzo was born into Jiu-jitsu. Of course his time in Pride FC is covered including his classic bout with Sakaraba, as well as every other. Still even more interesting is his fight with perhaps the greatest fighter ever BJ Penn who was trained by the Gracie's, Ralph to be exact. This fight gets a good amount of time spent on it mainly because of the feud between the two camps, their history and of course because the fight was excellent. Also included is the world famous Abu Dhabi and footage of not only Renzo competing in it but other Gracie's as well as people like Eddie Bravo.

Still the fighting and such is only part of this man's journey as we get to see the family man that he is and the leader that he is. I know it especially hard on him when his brother Ryan was found dead in a jail cell in Brazil, R.I.P. Of course his time spent in the I.F.L. is documented since he was a coach [his team even won the championship one year]. But it is his now famous fight with another legend in the game, Pat Miletich, which is probably my favorite submission of all time. This fight was not only broadcast on the actual event but also on the show 60 Minutes [I believe it was] which helped it become the most watched MMA bout ever.

Renzo went on to avenge a prior loss to Carlos Newton and also went on to defeat one of the greatest fighters to ever live, Frank Shamrock. Renzo is a man of principle, integrity, honor, and respect and is also one of the greatest fighters ever. This documentary covers all the highs and all the lows with no biased over 10 years of a wonderful career. It is rare to see such a personal and honest look inside the life of a martial artist. The special features are basically long enough to be another entire documentary on Renzo. I especially love the one featuring Renzo's first American black belt Matt Serra as Serra is actually coaching Renzo before his fight with Penn. That is what I love about Renzo he is the teacher and person who trained Serra but he is not above him and arrogant in any way and allows Serra to help train him. You know you are good if in a room full of Brazilians [Gracies] you are the only American and are also respected enough by them that they will actually take tips from you.

Buy this now and witness with your own eyes what a great documentary is all about, Renzo's Legacy is forever burned into my head. What a great man, fighter, and documentary, buy this now.

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April 14, 2010
Have you been over to wrestlemaniac's site yet? You two have a lot in common. You should also try moving some of your ammie stuff over here--saves a lot of effort and it's a great way to start.
April 12, 2010
You and Main Man (aka wrestlamaniac here) should find a lot of common ground. Glad to see that you have finally joind us over here alex! Nice job of covering this subject.
April 11, 2010
Cool. Did you know there's a mixed martial arts community?
April 12, 2010
I heard about it but I have yet to have time to truly explore thus far.
April 10, 2010
whoa! Our buddy Alex just got his cherry popped in the Lunch sea of endless reviews! How come you didn't give me a holler, dude? (sniff sniff) Nice work, buddy! I need to see this for sure.
April 12, 2010
Sorry man but this weekend was horrible, I should be getting more active soon, want to drop some stuff in your communities.
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Quick Tip by . January 02, 2011
This is one of the greatest documentaries I have ever seen and it is about one of the greatest Mixed Martial Artists of all time. Buy this now and witness with your own eyes what a great documentary is all about, Renzo's Legacy is forever burned into my head. What a great man, fighter, and documentary, buy this now.
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Renzo Gracie: Legacy is a 2008  documentary film about Brazilian jiu jitsu pioneer Renzo Gracie, directed by Gethin Aldous  and written by Aldous and Adrian Miller.  Shot over a ten-year period, it shows the origins of the sport of Mixed martial arts from its bare knuckle days to the explosion of the sport in both Japan and America.
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