April 25, 2014

Gracie Barra Yakima (WA) Instructor Cristiano Oliviera Accused of Child Rape

The Yakima Herald broke the story on Brazilian Jiu Jitsu instructor Cristiano Oliviera who has been accused of a number of charges including rape, molestation, and sexual misconduct all involving a child.  Oliviera is the head instructor and owner of Gracie Barra Yakima branch, and the suspect alleges these assaults occurred more then 100 times over the period of two years, when she was between the ages of 14-16. 

I am not sure what to say.  This is one of the many issues I have with ginormous franchises such as Gracie Barra taking over our sport/art, in that they get SO BIG that they cannot control the character and dignity of the individuals they award rank and school franchises to.  This is the second such accusation against a GB instructor just this month.  Members of GB are having a hard time controlling the continuous issues that plague the organization headed by Carlos Gracie Jr., and though they closed all GB schools Thursday (presumably to figure out the correct course of action for the franchise), I hope they do not turn a blind eye to such issues like the Catholic church has.

Greed is ugly.  When we grow too big for our britches we cannot control anything nor anyone that is representing our name, brand, art, business, tribe, group, etc. Perhaps it is time such organizations as Gracie Barra take a long hard look at their business model(s) and re-evaluate priorities in an effort to be more responsible and accountable.  Much like the problems we are facing with big corporations in the world, I believe the answer is in working on quality, not quantity.

Oliviera with children of all ages at his Yakima academy.  Sickening.
On the flip side of that coin we as students and the general public cannot continue to ignore and pretend these issues are not happening in front of us.  I refuse to believe that no one, NOT ONE person, did not see, hear, or otherwise get the feeling that something was wrong during the 2 years this thirty year old was interacting with the alleged victim whom was 14 at the beginning of these accusations!  Where were the parents?  Where were the other adults at the gym?  Where were Oliviera's "homies" to tell him this behavior is wrong and unacceptable?  No man, woman, nor child would condone these actions, and yet more and more of these sick fucks are appearing in our society.  We have a responsibility and though I do not have an exclusive answer as to the exact course of action, we must be critical of our own diligence and be more responsible to children who cannot protect themselves. 

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  1. They knew. He was sued for this last year. No one CARED and the went and found himself a victim.

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