The Vancouver, BC, Canada based apparel company, Roots of Fight has done it again. This time they are honouring the Gracie Family’s impact on MMA and pop culture.
The distinguished contributors to Gracie Family Influence illustrate how the reputation of the legendary clan of Brazilian ground fighters stretched far beyond the boundaries of mixed martial arts and into the mainstream. MMA cognoscenti such as Urijah Faber, Ed Soares, and Eddie Bravo share their thoughts on the Gracie family, alongside sports and pop culture luminary “Iron” Mike Tyson and multi-platinum recording artist Snoop Dogg.
“Rorion [Gracie] created the UFC to prove that Gracie Jiu-Jitsu was the most efficient martial art in the world,” says Soares, the owner of Black House. “And that point was proven. Anybody who fights mixed martial arts right now, trains Gracie Jiu-Jitsu.”
“The Gracies are not as big as they should be. They had an art that was so outrageous, and it showed that size didn’t matter,” says Tyson. “The fighting world has the utmost respect for the Gracie clan.”
The latest short film tribute and clothing collection pays homage to the Gracie family and the role Gracie Jiu-Jitsu played in shaping the sport of mixed martial arts history.
Not only did the company come out with the documentary, but they have come out with an amazing tribute apparel line which features a limited edition men’s ‘Helio ICON T’ and a women’s version of the popular Gracie Vs Kimura Event T, paying respect to the Gracie Family patriarch.