Jiu-Jitsu stylists among Brazil’s most influential people

Black belt Luiz Fux, a supreme court justice / Personal archive photo

The most respected of Brazil’s weekly magazines, “Época” this week released its list of the most influential people in Brazil in 2011.

Among those included on the list are a number of politicians, sportsmen and businessmen, sorted into four categories: heroes, leaders, builders and artists.

And at least three Jiu-Jitsu practitioners figure among the current standouts in Brazilian society.

Anderson Silva, once again, was voted in for his dedication to a sport on the up and up. Rio de Janeiro secretary of security José Mariano Beltrame, once a gentle art practitioner, joins the UFC’s Silva as one of the heroes of the year. The other Jiu-Jitsu black belt is Luiz Fux, a justice on the federal supreme court.

Now do you know of any big-time personalities who do Jiu-Jitsu? Let us know who they are in the comments section below.

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