Vale Tudo is a Portuguese term which means, “anything goes” in English. It is described as a full-contact combat sport that does not use any tools. One of its main characteristic is that it comes with few rules.
The Vale Tudo originated became popular in the 20th century in the country of Brazil. It basically uses techniques derived from various martial arts including Luta Livre, Judo, Muay Thai and boxing as well as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Sambo and Karate.
Rules of Vale Tudo
Vale Tudo comes with very simple rules during the first few years of its existence. In modern days, rule became more complex to prevent alarming injuries.
At present the combat sport is done with fingerless gloves. These are worn to protect the hands of the fighters. There are also several moves that were used in the past and is now prevented or considered illegal. These include fish hooking, groin strikes and eye gouges.
There are still many Vale Tudo tournaments in Brazil. However, it often gets a bad media reputation because of its violent nature. Due to this, many have moved that the sport will have safe and stricter rules.
MMA and Vale Tudo
It was the famous Rorion Gracie who introduced Vale Tudo in the United States. This was when he emigrated in the 1970s. It was also during this time that he introduced to the United States Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
By 1993, martial arts marked history with the creation of the first-ever Ultimate Fighting Championship. Due to the popularity of mixed martial arts that was brought about the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Vale Tudo also gained momentum and was introduced to several sanctioned organizations, especially those that were located in Brazil. It also gained popularity outside Brazil, specifically in Japan.
International Vale Tudo Championship
In 1997, Brazil created the International Vale Tudo Championship. It is a mixed martial arts fighting promotion wherein the first events are composed of the no-holds barred competitions that were influenced by the UFC. Due to its hardcore nature, it gained international popularity and became one of the most important tournaments of Vale Tudo in Brazil.
The tournament uses a normal ring shape instead of the octagon and a fight can last not more than thirty minutes. It is also known for having fighters or competitors that suffer face cuts, lose teeth and broken hands.