Changing children's lives in the favela

Kyra Gracie grew up in a normal middle-class home in Rio de Janeiro. Rio is a city divided by wealth: the poor live side by side with the rich but they are worlds apart in their lifestyles.

Inspired by the words of her late uncle Ryan Gracie, Kyra is sharing the art she knows so well with people who live on the fringe of society. Watch as she introduces us to the children of the 'communidade' Vargem Grande, where she has introduced regular jiu-jitsu lessons.

Working with the community as well as the kids, Kyra is using jiu-jitsu as a vehicle to teach them the qualities of the martial arts: patience, discipline, respect. Meet the children learning the Gracie method of self-development, and see how jiu-jitsu is changing their lives.


By: favelanews (775.10)

Tags: favela

Location: Rio de Janeiro - State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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