The day after we met Grandmaster Alvaro, Murgel and I visit Álvaro’s older brother, the great João Alberto Baretto. He was the man who was refereed Royce Gracie’s historic debut match at UFC 1 match in 1993, which introduced the world outside Brazil to Gracie Jiu Jitu. His real legacy, however, is as a fighter, perhaps one of the best ever.
“You cannot believe how good this man was,” Murgel told me. “He fights every Monday for a year and beats every single opponent, all by knock-out or submission.” Murgel told me another story about Joao Alberto’s fighting days. Once at a public exhibition a Japanese fighter refused to fight Joao saying that the Japanese karate he practiced was too fatal for a sporting competition. So João offered to fight him to the death right then and there. The Japanese fighter wisely declined the offer.Continue reading “Grand Master Joao Alberto Baretto”