We here at VHTS love comic books and comic book heroes. Today we want to talk about those BJJ'ers who share certain traits with COMIC BOOK heroes but we don't just want to look at powers but rather at their personalities!
The Amazing SPIDERMAN
Spiderman is an agile heroe, not just body-wise but he has an agile wit as well. He's one of the most flexible superheroes, he's strong although he looks slim and kinda scrawny and he has a nack for making fun of his foes, he's a wisecraker who is always playful and always willing to say a "one-liner" while fighting for his life. Did we just describe SPIDERMAN or Jeff Glover? Well it's because for us Jeff Glover is our own spiderman. He doesn't wise crack but you can see he has his own playful style that definitely mocks his competition (playful mock mind you) he's just a funny guy but also really a serious competitor. He's super flexible, agile and embodies the spiderman persona like no other BJJ'er.
The Incredible HULK
This might have been done to death but the similarities between the HULK and the amazing Rodolfo Vieira are staggering. The hulk is a green freakishly strong monster of a super hero that loves to... well SMASH smash people, smash cars, smash buildings and the more he smashes the more he gets angry and the more damage he can do. Well Guard Passer extraordinaire RODOLFO VIEIRA is a monster of a BJJ practitioner, amazing in many positions, but his trademark is he loves to SMASH guards mind you. Rodolfo Vieira hasn't met a guard he could't pass or could smash. It's one of those guys who looks like he wants to be in someone else's guard so he can pass, and just like the incredile hulk once he passes your guard he gets more pumped and more amped to continue fighting and look for the kill, or the submission.
Super Saiyan GOKU
Goku is by many means the defender of the earth, he's a Japanese Manga Character and he's basically the chosen one. When he powers up his hair turns fire blond, he becomes much stronger and much faster and beats any and all in his path to greatness. Roberto Satoshi like Goku fights from Japan, no he's not japanese he's brazilian but he trains and coaches in a Japanese BJJ Academy, he also powers up when he has to fight (there's a whole video on youtube of his power-ups before he fights) and well.. he's blond! Has Toshi become Roberto Saiyan? well his track record, medal record, his fights and his raw attitude would definetely sugest that.
Professor Charles Xavier
Professor X is the leader of the X-men, as a boy he found he had a gift, a power, he could easily overpower bigger, stronger opponents but he decided to use his gift for good. Professor X reunited a group of talented individuals all stronger than the next, this X-men even though they had so much potential needed a guide, needed a leader and needed someone to help shape and mold them. Professor X was a revolutionary leader and guided the new generation of mutants. GM Helio Gracie is in many ways just like Charles Xavier, he was bald, had the same love of suits (well... gis at least) and also at a young age found out he could over power bigger and stronger opponents, he mastered his art and helped mold and shape the art which we know today as BJJ. GM Helio had a unique power and he had such a following that his students became experts at their art because Helio helped pave the way to techniques and strategies most of which are still done today.
What do you guys think about BJJ Super heroes? any one you'd like to add? anyone we missed? let us know so we know your thoughts.