Renzo Gracie: Legacy

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Renzo Gracie: Legacy
DVD cover of the movie Renzo Gracie- Legacy.jpg
DVD cover
Directed by Gethin Aldous
Produced by Gethin Aldous
Written by Gethin Aldous
Steve Allen
Adrian Miller
Starring Renzo Gracie
Robson Gracie
Ryan Gracie
Ralph Gracie
Daniel Gracie
B.J. Penn
Pat Miletich
Oleg Taktarov
Andre Gusmão
Kyra Gracie
Music by Adrian Miller
Cinematography Gethin Aldous
Edited by Gethin Aldous
Release date
  • October 25, 2008 (2008-10-25) (US Sports Film Festival)
Running time
78 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Renzo Gracie: Legacy is a 2008 documentary film about Brazilian jiu jitsu pioneer Renzo Gracie, directed by Gethin Aldous and written by Aldous, Steve Allen and Adrian Miller.[1][2][3] 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.[1][2][3]


Renzo is from the notorious Gracie family of Brazil and is the third generation of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu fighters from that family.[3] In 1993 his uncle Rorion Gracie joined forces with Art Davie and Bob Meyrowitz to create the perfect proving ground to display the brilliance of his families fighting art Ultimate Fighting Championship.[3] The sport is now considered one of the fastest growing in the world.[4]


The film was shot, edited, produced, and directed by Gethin Aldous.[3] He followed Renzo over a 7-year period and another student of Renzo's, Alex Shum, filmed Renzo for 4 years before that.[3] The filmmakers chose to shun a normal distribution route and decided to self-distribute, desiring that the money for all the "blood, sweat, and tears" put into the film went straight to its makers. It was self-financed by the filmmakers on a shoestring budget.


It premiered October 25, 2008 at the United States Sports Film Festival in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.,[1][2][3][5] and was released on DVD with little or no marketing on November 14, 2008, through its own website and[2]


There are 2 on-line reviews written about the film at present: Paul Larkin of MMAjunkie spoke of the director saying, "Gethin Aldous did a fantastic job with Legacy. He does not bore you to death with narration or beat you over the head with information.", and of the film, he wrote it "...will no doubt be considered a masterpiece in the world of documentaries".[1] Elias Cepeda of Inside Fighting wrote, "Gethin Aldous’ new documentary film Renzo Gracie: Legacy should be considered an instant classic simply on the basis of its scope and breadth", and the film "...accomplishes the rare feat of being able to both satisfy the most ardent and informed sports fan’s desire for fresh, new perspective and knowledge and serve as an understandable primer for the uninitiated."[2]


(as themselves)

Additional sources[edit]

  • MMA Mania, "Renzo Gracie: Legacy to premiere at the inaugural U.S. Sports Film Festival on October 25"[6]
  • Five Ounces of Pain, "New Renzo Gracie documentary to debut during film festival"[7]


  1. ^ a b c d, by Paul Larkin (October 23, 2008), "Renzo Gracie: Legacy - An film review", accessed 01-19-2009
  2. ^ a b c d e, By Elias Cepeda (October 10, 2008), "Movie Review: Renzo Gracie: Legacy", accessed 01-19-2009
  3. ^ a b c d e f g, Gethin Aldous Interview Transcription, accessed 01-10-2009
  4. ^, "Renzo Gracie: Legacy", accessed 01-19-2009 Archived October 19, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ (October 8, 2008), "World Debut of “Renzo Gracie: Legacy” To Be Saturday October 25 at U.S. Sports Film Festival Presented by Comcast Sportsnet in Philadelphia", accessed 01-19-2009
  6. ^, By: Jesse Holland (October 16, 2008), "Renzo Gracie: Legacy to premiere at the inaugural U.S. Sports Film Festival on October 25", accessed 01-19-2009
  7. ^, by Sam Caplan (September 14, 2008), "New Renzo Gracie documentary to debut during film festival", accessed 01-19-2009

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