Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4
An Interview with Murilo Bustamante
Photography by Bas Uterwijk
Murilo Bustamante (Rio de Janeiro, 1966) is one of the most decorated competitors and masters of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. As a core member of the Carlson Gracie Team, Bustamante won many titles in the sport – among which the world championships in 1999, and four Brazilian National championships. Together with Fabio Gurgel and Wallid Ismail, Bustamante was one of three BJJ stylists to successfully defend their art in the legendary bare knuckle challenge fight Desafio Jiu-Jitsu vs. Luta Livre (1991). Bustamante fought luta livre champion Marcelo Mendes, winning by technical knock out after his opponent fell out of the ring and was unable to continue.
Since the death of his legendary father, Carlson Gracie Jr. has been on a quest to reunite Carlson Gracie teams worldwide. After a seminar in Amsterdam hosted by Marcos Flexa of Carlson Gracie Holland, ‘Junior’ as he’s called affectionally, speaks about his life in Jiu-Jitsu.
Daniel Bertina: How was your trip? And where are you headed?
Carlson Gracie Jr: I just came over from Austria and Germany, together with Ari Galo and his student Justin Gaffney. Now I’m here in Holland with my friend Marcos Flexa – a great and loyal student of my father’s for many years and the representative of Carlson Gracie Holland. Afterwards I’m going to Denmark, and from there to England, Ireland and Luxembourg. For this series of seminars in Europe I’ll be on the road for 35 days. But I will take some time in each place to get to know the city.
DB: You speak of your love and life in Jiu-Jitsu. How did you come to realize your role and leadership in this sport?