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Muay Thai is a form of martial arts practiced in large parts of the world including. Thailand and other Southeast Asian countries. The art is similar to others practiced in Cambodia, Myanmar, Malaysia, and Laos. Muay Thai has a long history in Thailand and is the country’s national sport. Traditional Muay Thai practiced today varies significantly from the ancient art Muay Boran and uses kicks and punches in a ring with gloves similar to those used in Western boxing.

Muay Thai is referred to as “The Art of the Eight Limbs” since the hands, shins, elbows, and knees are all used extensively in this art. A practitioner of Muay Thai (“Nak Muay”) thus has the ability to execute strikes using eight “points of contact”, as opposed to “two points” (fists) which is commonly seen in Western boxing, or “four points” (fists, feet) which is used in primarily sport-oriented forms of martial arts.

Our Muay Thai Program is lead by great instructors who have been training in the martial arts their entire life. These instructors include Pro MMA fighter Jonathan “HULK” Harris and Professor Pedro Caballero. We offer classes in the morning and at night Monday through Saturday. There is no better place for you to learn Muay Thai in #Clearlake, #Webster #League City and #Houston! Schedule a free trial lesson!

We also have an excellent class called Kick Boxing Aerobics/Cardio that will put you into incredible shape! This class is designed for everyone who seeks a better physical condition, not just women. If you are in #Clearke, #Webster, #League City and #Houston looking to be in serious shape, that is the place to get it!

Whether you’re interested in it as a fitness hobby or competition, our Muay Thai/Kickboxing team can help you meet your individual goals.

Come and train all the aspects of MARTIAL ARTS at Gracie Barra Texas, in Clearlake, Webster, Texas.

 

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Considered by many to be the “sport of the future” or “the fastest growing sport in the world”, Mixed Martial arts is a juggernaut who is taking the world by storm. Want to guess where the roots of the sport come from? Brazil, specifically through the Gracie Family.

Carlos Gracie and brother Helio continued to advance and perfect the art of Jiu-Jitsu in their academy. Carlos concocted a brilliant marketing scheme to draw attention to the fledgling academy. He issued what is now famously known as the “Gracie Challenge”. As he explained, “I had to do something to shock the people.” He began the “Gracie Challenge” by placing an advertisement in several Rio newspapers. The advertisement, which included a picture of the slender Carlos Gracie as well as information on the academy, stated “If you want a broken arm, or rib, contact Carlos Gracie at this number.” This effectively began the revival of professional mixed martial arts in the Western world. Carlos and later his younger brother Helio, followed by the sons of both men, would take on all challengers in Vale-Tudo matches. These matches closely resembled the Pankration matches of Ancient Greece,and featured representatives of area karate schools, professional boxers, Capoeira champions, and various others who sought to prove that they were better than the Gracies.

As word of these matches spread through Rio de Janeiro, the public began to crave them. As a result, these matches began to be held in Brazil’s large soccer stadiums and attracted record crowds. The first of these professional fights was between Brazilian Lightweight Boxing Champion Antonio Portugal and Carlos’ younger, smaller, and much frailer brother Helio. Helio won the match in less than 30 seconds, effectively elevating himself to the status of Brazilian hero. At the time, Brazil did not have any international sports heroes, and Carlos and Helio filled that void

As word of these matches spread to Japan, the great martial arts champions there sought to participate in this new form of competition against the Gracies, who the Japanese thought were defiling their traditional arts. Japanese champions flocked to Rio de Janeiro to compete against Helio Gracie, who was always outweighed by his opponents; often by more than 100 pounds. He defeated many great Japanese fighters, and fought to a draw against the World Freestyle Wrestling Champion and American super heavyweight Fred Ebert. One hundred thirty five pound Helio continued to defend the Gracie name and their martial art, often against opponents weighing as much as 300 pounds, from 1935 until 1951. He fought in over 1000 fights until Carlos’ son, Carlson, and later Helio’s sons Rolls, Rickson and Rorion took over the role of family champion and upholding the “Gracie Challenge.”

The new combat sport of vale-tudo fighting became immensely popular, quickly rising to become the second most popular sport, in terms of ticket sales, in Brazil behind soccer. This is a status that the sport still enjoys today. Leagues and organizations were soon formed and events began to be held regularly all over Brazil. The fights featured practitioners of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai kickboxing, luta livre wrestling, boxing and various other styles. As these events and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu grew in popularity in Brazil, the Gracies branched out to the United States.

In the early 1980s, Helio’s oldest son Rorion went to California in the United States to teach Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, or Gracie Jiu-Jitsu as he preferred to call it.Like his father and uncle before him, he issued the infamous “Gracie Challenge” in his new home but added a new twist. Rorion offered $100,000 to anyone who could defeat him or one of his brothers in a vale-tudo match. These matches brought Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu a lot of popularity again. As Rorion realized the potential that this style of fighting offered to spread

After years of hard work and promoting his family’s art and his idea for an American vale-tudo league, Rorion Gracie met Art Davie. Art Davie was a salesmen who had first become interested in this style of fighting during a trip to Thailand where he witnessed an underground mixed martial arts event. Davie utilized his connections in the television industry to set up a meeting for himself and Rorion Gracie with Bob Meyrowitz who was president of Semaphore Entertainment Group (SEG); a corporation that specialized in putting on live pay-per-view sporting events. Together, the three men established the “Ultimate Fighting Championship,” which held its first event in 1993. The first “Ultimate Fighting Championship” (or UFC as it is now more commonly known) event sold 86,000 pay-per-views. For the third event, the buy rate was up to 300,000 pay-per-view buys per show. This secured a place for the sport of mixed martial arts in the United States, but this place was not a reputable one.

However, after years of work from individuals like Dana White, the sport became recognized and sanctioned as a home of the most professional and skilled athletes in the world and has quickly become the fastest growing sport on the planet.

Gracie Barra Texas, in #Clearlake, #Webster, #Houston area is the home of several Professional Mixed Martial Arts fighters (including Professor Draculino) and also amateurs. All of our fighters are constantly participating in local and international events such as UFC, Strike Force, Legacy FC and more showing great results and a very refined technique each time.

Some of the fighters that represent Gracie Barra Texas on the Cages and rings:

  • Vinicius “ Draculino” Magalhaes
  • Juliana “JuThai” Lima
  • Jonathan “Hulk” Harris
  • Greg Belomy
  • Rafael “Sapo” Natal
  • Ken Banks
  • Roberto “Little Fury” Sanchez
  • Omar Hillail
  • Angel Huerta
  • Brian Lightfoot
  • Shelby Sheehan
  • And many more

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