Many of you are familiar with my immersion into the world of Jiu-Jitsu over the past two years. It’s become such a crucial part of my life that I look for every single opportunity to learn more about the practice and train.
With that said, I am joined today by one of the greatest ever to train Jiu-Jitsu and mixed martial arts, Rickson Gracie. Today, we talk about his incredible life, what it’s like to be a Gracie, the shifting paradigms of becoming a mature man, developing and living with a personal code of honor, the physical, mental, and spiritual realm of Jiu-Jitsu, and how Jiu-Jitsu allows you to live a life in flow.
“Jiu-Jitsu for me is an expression of peacefulness, love, control, and effectiveness.” Tweet That— Rickson Gracie
My guest today is none other than Rickson Gracie, the son of Helio Gracie (the man who developed Brazilin Jiu-Jitsu). Rickson is a 9th degree red belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and a mixed martial artist.
He was widely considered to be the best fighter of the Gracie clan and one of the toughest individuals in the world. He’s been training since he was six, received his black belt by 18, and subsequently went on to be undefeated in his professional fight career.
He is also the author of his upcoming book, Breathe: A Life in Flow, the subject of the documentary, Choke, and the upcoming Netflix Documentary called Dead or Alive.
Needless to say, this man knows as much about Jiu-Jitsu (if not more than) as any other as any other man on the planet and I’m honored to have him here today.
“You have to visualize the worst moments in order to cope with the unpredictable.” Tweet That— Rickson Gracie
- Jiu-Jitsu is more mental than physical
- How does warrior mindset in Jiu-Jitsu translate to improving in other areas of life
- Respect for the Gracie name and art of Jiu-Jitsu
- Finding value from external pressure
- Responding to critics and those who challenge the effectiveness of the art
- Learning about ourselves through challenges
- Successful men don’t dabble
- Code of honor
- Finding your purpose through service
- Gentleness versus violence in the art
“We are different…we are eating different, we are training different, we are preparing ourselves for a different kind of challenge.” Tweet That— Rickson Gracie
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