Rickson Gracie | Joe Rogan Experience MMA Show #114

Key Takeaways

  • Jiu-Jitsu and other mixed martial arts can provide great benefits to the casual participant, aside from the physical aspect
    • It’s not about fighting to win, it’s about winning without a fight – learning how to test your ability to perseverance through simulated conflict
    • They give you a physical example to reference for your own visualization of success and problem resolution
    • Become more aware of your personal strengths and weaknesses
  • Joe Rogan believes the Gracie family is the most important to martial arts history
    • “Hélio Gracie is to Jiu-jitsu, as Einstein is to physics” – Rickson Gracie
    • Rickson is a 9th degree Red Belt in BJJ – the highest rank awarded to any currently living practitioner of Brazilian jiu-jitsu
  • Professional Jiu-Jitsu should have no limit (time or points) and be submission decisions only (in Rickson’s opinion)
    • The current rules across all types of MMA promote entertainment, not competition
  • Breathing is an asset that you must learn to control to achieve your true potential
    • Rickson uses ice water baths with an underwater snorkel to challenge his breath control
      • Teaches you to control your emotions and how to be “peaceful in hell”
    • Biogianstica – combining specific bodily movements with unique breathing techniques and control
    • “You can spend 7 days without food, 3 days without water, but 5 minutes without breathing… you’re dead” -Rickson Gracie
    • Breathe: A Life in Flow by Rickson Gracie

Intro

  • Rickson Gracie (IG: @ricksongraciejj), the third oldest son in the Jiu-Jitsu revolutionizing Gracie family, is a Brazilian 9th-degree red belt in Jiu-Jitsu and a retired mixed martial artist. Joe and Rickson discuss the importance of breath, the current state of professional MMA, and how Jiu-Jitsu can be beneficial for everyone.
  • Host: Joe Rogan (IG: @joerogan, T: @joerogan)

Rickson Gracie & Family

  • To the Gracies, fighting wasn’t about money or entertainment. It was about representing Jiu-Jitsu against other styles of fighting (boxing, wrestling, etc)
  • First professional fight – Age 19 against Rei “King” Zulu – watch the rare footage here!
    • Rickson’s father, Hélio Gracie, urged him to take the fight
    • This underdog win for Rickson really made him believe that he can compete
      • Realized that his worst enemy was in his mind, he never heard from that voice again after this fight
      • Many present-day fighters work with psychologists to fight the internal mental battles
  • Joe believes the Gracie family is the most important to martial arts history
    • “I was in a Gi before I was in diapers” – Rickson Gracie
      • Rickson was trained to be Gracie before he even knew what that meant
    • “Hélio Gracie is to Jiu-jitsu, as Einstein is to physics” – Rickson Gracie
    • Rickson is a 9th degree Red Belt – the highest rank awarded to any currently living practitioner of Brazilian jiu-jitsu
  • Rickson’s back has imposed some physical limits on his ability to practice Jiu-Jitsu now but he has learned to find accomplishment in simple physical tasks he still can do, like walking the dog
    • His body has given him so much throughout his life that he doesn’t anguish having to ‘pay the bills’ now

Jiu-Jitsu is for Everyone!

  • Rickson even enjoys teaching casual Jiu-Jitsu to everyday people, there is more beauty in the art of the technique than the actual fight
    • The art and technique transcends the physicality of the sport
    • Jiu-Jitsu can favor every athlete in different ways – technique and timing can overpower strength
    • The first year in Rickson’s training program has no opponents, only training partners
    • It’s not about fighting to win, it’s about winning without a fight – learning how to test your ability to perseverance through simulated conflict
      • Gives you a physical example to reference for your own visualization of success and problem resolution
      • Become more aware of your personal strengths and weaknesses

Current State of Jiu-Jitsu / MMA

  • Professional Jiu-Jitsu should have no limit (time or points) and be submission decisions only (in Rickson’s opinion)
    • The value of who is winning at the end of a fight should outweigh the preceding events, more aligned with the reality of competition
  • The current rules across all types of MMA promote entertainment, not competition
    • It’s a game that uses martial arts
  • Fundamentals are the core of Jiu-Jitsu efficiency
    • Many new techniques are simply wasting more time to get to the same fundamental submission positions
    • Rubber guard – Rickson thinks it can be good for surprise but is only effective when capitalizing on a mistake, opponent dependent
    • Leg locks – Rickson is a fan of the move’s recent popularity but he feels like leg locks are cheating because they can happen so quickly. Common defensive techniques have been established to quickly negate these attempts as well.

Breath

  • Rickson uses ice water baths with an underwater snorkel to challenge his breath control
    • Teaches you to control your emotions and how to be “peaceful in hell”
    • Once you’re able to calm your breathing and emotions after a couple of minutes, you emerge from the water
    • More spiritual than physical – exposing himself to a terrifying experience
      • Also uses big wave surfing as an experimental activity
      • Accepting the unknown is a rewarding spiritual experience
  • Breathing is an asset that you must learn to control
    • “You can spend 7 days without food, 3 days without water, but 5 minutes without breathing… you’re dead” -Rickson Gracie
    • When you know how to control your diaphragm, you can hyperventilate efficiently to increase the circulation of oxygen
    • The inhale is a cause, not a solution. In order to get a full breath, you must exhale first.
    • Biogianstica combining specific bodily movements with unique breathing techniques and control
      • Fitness method developed by Rickson’s mentor, Orlando Cani
      • Example: Weight lifters breathe based on the pace/direction of the movement

Rickson’s New Book – Breathe

  • Breathe: A Life in Flow by Rickson Gracie
  • Motivations for writing the book:
    • Money – there was great interest from the publishing company
    • Special opportunity to share his life experience, knowledge, and family history
      • “If you don’t like it, well, I don’t have another life to tell you” – Rickson Gracie
      • His life is an inspirational evolutionary process that gives people the opportunity to reinvent themselves

Documentaries

  • Choke – Documentary on Rickson Gracie and 2 other fighters as they prepare and fight in Tokyo’s Vale Tudo 1995
  • New documentary series coming out on the Gracie family biography through Netflix
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