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Discovering the open spirit of Rio de Janeiro
Discovering the open spirit of Rio de Janeiro

RIO DE JANEIRO — "Should I use violence to restrain you if you want to buy too much?" my Italian roommate asked, seeing my enthusiasm for shopping manifest itself at a Brazilian kitchenware and china shop in Rio de Janeiro's Copacabana neighborhood. She was perfectly capable of this violence, just as I was capable of defending against it. We were in Rio last year as visiting female martial artists studying Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with four-time world champion and famed Carioca Kyra Gracie. Nevertheless, I had to think about the violence question, picturing a double-leg takedown in proximity to the china. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is not popular (yet) among women. But Gracie runs...

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