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Vale-tudo (Portuguese for anything goes - vale - "is allowed", tudo - "everything") describes competitions in unarmed combat having minimal rules[1]. It is sometimes considered a combat sport.[2] A combat sport is a competitive sport involving the use of punch, kick, throw, joint locks, and/or a weapon for attack and defence. ...



In Brazil, the term vale tudo was first associated with booth fighting done in Brazilian circuses during the 1920s. Examples of such bouts were described in the Japanese-American Courier on October 4, 1928:[3]

One report from São Paulo declares that Jiu Jitsu is truly an art and that in an interesting exhibition in the side tent to the big circus a Bahian negro of monstrous dimensions met his waterloo at the hands of a diminutive Japanese wrestler. The negro was an expert at Capoeira, an old South American style of fighting, but after putting the Japanese on his back and trying to kick his head... the little oriental by the use of a Jiu Jitsu hold threw the Bahian and after a short struggle he was found sitting on the silent frame of the massive opponent. Capoeira (IPA: ) is an Afro-Brazilian martial art, game, and culture created by enslaved Africans in Brazil during the 17th Century. ... Jujutsu (also jujitsu, ju jitsu, ju jutsu, or jiu jitsu; from the Japanese 柔術 jūjutsu gentle/yielding/compliant Art) is a Japanese martial art. ...

However, this circus term did not enter popular use until 1959-1960, when it was used to describe the style-versus-style bouts featured in a Rio television show called Heróis do Ringue (Ring-Heroes). The matchmakers and hosts of the show included members of the Gracie family, and the participants were all legitimate practitioners of their styles. One night, João Alberto Barreto (later a referee for UFC 1) was competing against a man trained in Luta Livre. Barreto caught his opponent in an armbar. The wrestler refused to tap out. Barreto applied more pressure, and the opponent's arm broke, audibly, leaving an exposed fracture. Television audiences were shocked. Consequently, this show was soon replaced by another show, Telecatch, that featured more theatrical contests. Heroes of Telecatch included the Argentinan Ted Boy Marino. [4] The Gracie family refers to the lineage of Brazilian businessman and politician Gastão Gracie. ... Luta Livre is a broad term referring to Brazilian wrestling. ...

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  1. ^ European Vale Tudo. About European Vale Tudo. www.europeanvaletudo.com. URL last accessed on April 28, 2006.
  2. ^ Walter, Donald F. Mixed Martial Arts: Ultimate Sport, or Ultimately Illegal?. grapplearts.com. URL last accessed on April 28, 2006.
  3. ^ The original reference was probably "Jiu Jitsu," Time, September 24, 1928.[1]
  4. ^ Kakuto Striking Spirit. http://www.judoinfo.com/helio.htm Helio Gracie reveals the true story behind his epic battle with Masahiko Kimura. www.judoinfo.com. URL last accessed on April 28, 2006.

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Vale tudo is a Portuguese term meaning "everything goes" used to describe mixed martial arts competitions with minimal rules.
First popularized in Brazil, vale tudo has since spread around the world, and is considered an evolution of the challenge matches and a more brutal contemporary to competitions such as Ultimate Fighting Championship, Pride Fighting Championships and Pancrase.
Since the popularity of these kind of competitions began to evolve and spread (starting in USA, 1993 with UFC) they have evolved very rapidly from competitions where brute strenght and few techniques met lighter, but more versatile competitors like Rickson Gracie and his brother Royce (who dominated the arena the early years).
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