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Kyra Talks Pressures of Being a Gracie

Being a member of the Gracie family obviously adds a lot of pressure to compete in Brazilian jiu jitsu tournaments and bring home trophies and championships to a family full of BJJ successes.

How do you think Kyra Gracie feels? 

She's the only female in the Gracie family who holds a black belt, and has to continually live up to high expectations from both her family and fans.

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"I started to feel this pressure in a Pan-American Championship, when I was still a blue belt," Gracie said during an interview with Tatame.  "The truth is that when women fought no one stopped to look.  And I think that, as (a) Gracie, people wanted to see whether I was good or not."

The full interview is available in the February magazine edition of Tatame, where she discusses her family legacy, MMA, idols, plans for the future, Master Helio Gracie's death, and the death of her uncle, Ryan Gracie.

\The FanPosts are solely the subjective opinions of Bloody Elbow readers and do not necessarily reflect the views of Bloody Elbow editors or staff.

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