A 5th degree BJJ Black Belt under Carlson Gracie lineage, Professor “Brutus” Silveira joins the show to talk about old school Jiu-Jitsu, his opinions on modern BJJ and Jiu-Jitsu’s role as a vehicle to escape life’s problems. Click “Read More” for show notes!


  • His intro to Jiu-Jitsu
  • The importance of training both Gi and No-Gi
  • Master Carlson Gracie
  • Vale Tudo events in Brazil / The legendary Maracana stadium in Rio
  • The Luta Livre vs BJJ rivalry
  • The origin of his nickname
  • Slams in competition
  • A breakdown of his game
  • His opinion of the direction of modern Jiu-Jitsu
  • Looking for points vs looking for submissions
  • His opinion of the leg lock craze in BJJ
  • Criticism Carlson Gracie received from other members of the family
  • His black belt promotion
  • The common issue of feeling unworthy of a black belt
  • The meaning of a black belt
  • Trusting in your instructor
  • What he looks for in a student before promoting them to black belt
  • The importance of conducting yourself in a way that reflects well on your academy and your instructor
  • Having patience with difficult training partners and students to help make them better people
  • Giving others the benefit of the doubt
  • Jiu-Jitsu as a vehicle to escape life’s problems
  • His move to the US in the 80’s / Washing dishes for a living
  • His early days teaching BJJ in the US
  • The difference between training in the US vs training in Brazil
  • His new academy