I always say that every cool girl, is half boy. Impossible not to agree, right!?
Well, I am today working from one of the places I love the most, Beco Bar, in Williamsburg and two guys arrive and sit beside me at the bar.
Long story short, I’m Brazilian and we have the tendency of making friends v-e-r-y easily… so, we eventually start talking.
I was crazy looking for a good place to go back to practicing Muay Thai, which I practiced for over 1 year back home, so I’m definitely signing up with them later today!
Their 1st academy was Founded by Renzo Gracie 20 years ago, right across from the Madison Square Garden where they are still located today.
Many of their students were (and are) based in Brooklyn, so 5 years ago, in 2011, they opened the Williamsburg location, where they have modalities like the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai, but they also have spaces dedicated for weight training. Classes are for kids and adults!
It’s surely one of the best fighting academies in NY (I know them from back home in Brazil), and famous guys like Anthony Bourdain and Guy Ritchie train there!
Daniel told me one of the funniest stories that happened with him and Guy Ritchie. He was always training with Guy, and one night Guy asked “Do you want to come with me tonight to my wife’s show?”, and Daniel answered “Yeah, of course!”.
They got into Guy’s car and when Daniel noticed, they were entering Madison Square Garden and he said to Guy: “Wow, your wife must be pretty famous to be singing here!”
Obviously, Guy thought that Daniel was joking and he called Renzo Gracie telling what had just happened. He handed over the phone so Daniel and Renzo could talk, when Renzo said, “Daniel, that is Guy Richie!”
Daniel had no idea that he was Guy Richie, even though he loves Guy’s work as a movie director, and said, “No way! I love your work! I think you’re one of the best film directors in the World!” Hahaha…well, obviously they still train together and are close friends today.
Daniel and Nica, thank you so much for a great “bar talk” and see you guys soon on the fighting floor, next week!
Oh! If you like UFC, on November 12th, the 1st UFC will be hosted in NYC at the Madison Square Garden and their academy will have 5 students fighting the Championship!!
Locations: 100 Bayard Street, Williamsburg and 224 West 30th Street (between 7th and 8th), Chelsea
Photo Credit: Courtesy of RGFA