Our latest short film tribute and clothing collection pays homage to the Gracie family and the role Gracie Jiu-Jitsu played in shaping the sport of mixed martial arts history.
The distinguished contributors speaking in the film illustrates how the reputation of the legendary clan of Brazilian ground fighters stretched far beyond the boundaries of mixed martial arts and into the mainstream. MMA cognoscenti such as Urijah Faber, Ed Soares, and Eddie Bravo share their thoughts on the Gracie family alongside sports and pop culture luminaries “Iron” Mike Tyson and multi-platinum recording artist Snoop Dogg.
“Rorion Gracie created the UFC to prove that Gracie Jiu-Jitsu was the most efficient form of martial art in the world,” says Soares, the owner of Black House, “And that point was proven, anybody who trains mixed martial arts, trains Gracie Jiu-Jitsu.”
“The Gracie’s are not as big as they should be, they had an art that was so outrageous, and it showed that size didn’t matter, says Tyson,” “The fighting world has the utmost respect for the Gracie clan.”
In addition to the short tribute film, Roots of Fight has produced a limited capsule collection of apparel available now in the shop.
Roots of Fight is proud to announce its latest video tribute and clothing collection in collaboration with the legendary fight team/gym, Black House.
Originally founded in Rio De Janeiro in 2006, Black House was moved to Los Angeles in 2008 to serve as a training facility for living legends such as reigning UFC middleweight champion Anderson ‘The Spider’ Silva, former PRIDE and UFC heavyweight Antonio ‘Minotauro’ Nogueira, and former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto ‘The Dragon’ Machida as well as rising prospects in the world of MMA. Every man who crosses the threshold is either under the management of co-founder Ed Soares or invited by a member of the Black House fight team.
The gym serves as a training haven for pro fighters to ply their trade without the distractions of the media, fans or the every day bustle of a working gym. Taking the mat for a training session at Black House marks you a member of an elite brotherhood of fighters.
“Black House has a very different type of energy because it’s not a training facility that’s open to the public,” says Soares. “You have to be invited, you’re a guest of Black House which makes it very unique.”
The Black House X Roots of Fight series showcases the iconic Black House logo designed by renowned illustrator/designer Sheppard Fairey, and marks a distinct change in direction for Roots of Fight.
In a nod to that sense of exclusivity, Roots of Fight announces the release of the limited edition Black House “Insignia’ T-shirt and sweatshirt. The first pieces of apparel in collaboration with Black House, the Insignia T-shirt is made from an ultra-soft, vintage washed cotton. The sweatshirt is a light-weight, raglan crew neck and they will only be available in limited quantity through the Roots of Fight on-line shop. Roots of Fight will be collaborating with Black House with more special and limited edition apparel over the coming months.
The former undisputed and linear heavyweight champion.
With his power, athleticism and unmatched personality, he is one of the most electrifying and polarizing figures in boxing and possibly all of sport.
Roots of Fight has partnered with Mike Tyson to explore his boxing roots in a short film and clothing collection. This introduction teaser features interviews about Tyson’s influence with Randy Couture, Urijah Faber, Stephan Bonnar and Forrest Griffin and is accompanied by an exclusive, ltd edition T and Crew Neck Sweat paying homage to the Champ – available exclusively at the Roots of Fight Store – http://www.rootsoffight.com
For a while now we’ve been noticing some pretty nice bikes roaring out of the chain link gate of a warehouse compound across the street. A few weeks ago we grabbed a camera and a six-pack and headed over to investigate.
What we found were some interesting guys doing interesting things with machines. In sharp contrast to the cold storage meat lockers next door, their garage-studio-bar-jam space is an oil and grease-stained paradise brimming with chrome. Shelves of bike parts lined the walls, stacked to the ceiling and hanging from the rafters. A custom Triumph sat on the worktable, half-built but awesome.
Bike season over, we talked about their last run of the summer, up to the DisasterDaze 2011 bike weekend. Bands, beach, bikes & beer. .. it’s all over now but you can at least get the Budweiser shirt and think of next year…
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