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Documentary “The Power of Jiu-Jitsu: Transforming Lives in Rio Bonito” and the power of sport in communities

“The Power of Jiu-Jitsu: Transforming Lives in Rio Bonito” shows the power of the sport. Photo by Jiu-Jitsu Tribe

Jiu-Jitsu is a powerful social tool, and the benefits of the martial art transcend the mats. Several stars of the sport have come from communities and proved how the gentle art can change lives and provide a new reality to those who practice it. 

The documentary “The Power of Jiu-Jitsu: Transforming Lives in Rio Bonito”, by Jiu-Jitsu Tribe, shows the work of the social project “Amigos de Ouro”, led by professor Rafael Macapá, black belt and former UFC fighter. The project offers support to students and teaches them far beyond the techniques and positions of Jiu-Jitsu. 

Rafael and his wife, Aline Rozalino, have been leading this work for a decade and offer support to almost a hundred families. The project offers free martial arts, music and art classes, as well as support with food, clothing and medicine. 

“The Power of Jiu-Jitsu: Transforming Lives in Rio Bonito” portrays the reality of young people who want to live for Jiu-Jitsu and exposes the challenges they face to make this dream come true.

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