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Grand Master Pedro Valente – “Our Jiu-Jitsu is…

…a way of life – it is self-confidence, health and balance.”

I was always impressed with the amount of professionals who embraced the gentle art as a way of life. Grand Master (and doctor) Pedro Valente, Sr. was no exception, an accomplished physician, he was known as one of the (original) Gracie Academy’s top students and was no stranger to participating in challenge matches in order to prove the art’s effectiveness. (photo: Gustavo Arag√£o/Graciemag archives)