No Holds Barred: Carlos Santos

Written by: Eddie Goldman
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On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldmanspeaks with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu legend Carlos Santos.

After nine years teaching jiu-jitsu in Abu Dhabi, the three-time BJJ worldheavyweight champion, trained by the late Carlson Gracie Sr., has relocated toColorado Springs, Colorado, USA, where in February of this year he opened thePrime Jiu-Jitsu Center (

The Prime Jiu-Jitsu Center is the first Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt Centerin Colorado Springs, which is also the home of the U.S. Olympic TrainingCenter.

We spoke with Carlos Santos by phone Tuesday afternoon.

"For me, jiu-jitsu is not only a fight," he stated in this interview."Jiu-jitsu is a lifestyle."

He explained that his new facility, which he runs with Marcelo Motta, is opento all levels, and has both beginners and children training there as well asathletes from the Olympic Training Center and those experienced in BJJ. Wediscussed what jiu-jitsu needs to do in order to get regularly televised, theneed for more professional organization, why he is now in Colorado Springs, hisapproach to new challenges in life, and much more.

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