How he Became “the Best”

I built my game off a solid defense. I first made it almost impossible for anybody to tap me out.

Roger Gracie

Escaping Pins

Annoy your way out.

Jean Jacques Machado

Basic Positions of Jiu-Jitsu

There are many: body position, leverage, body feel, the ability to read the opponent’s intent at the very early stages of physical movement, breath control while executing the technique, and more. All these elements are basics that you need before bringing your game to a higher level. If you are not aware of these things, and you try to play the advanced games, then you are just wasting your time. Sorry to say that, but that’s the truth. Unfortunately, there are many practitioners these days who pay too much attention to the advanced techniques when they should be working on the basics.

Carlos “Caque” Elias

Advice for Beginners

New students should learn how to be patient and remember to always show respect for your partners. Try to focus on what you are doing with determination. Have the courage to train with everyone.

Paulo Gillobel

A knockout is an accidental win.

Helio Gracie

Becoming a Black Belt

The black belt is the essence of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu … although we have degrees within the black belt rank, the faixa preta is the sign of the highest skill level in our art. Therefore, when a student reaches that rank he is pretty much on his own. There is not a lot of interest in getting the second or third degree black belt. It is simply not important to people.

The first two belts in jiu-jits are the foundation for the rest and you have to spend time there. The blue and purple belts create a base for the student to grow. To a certain extent, a good purple belt knows almost every technique a black belt knows — he just lacks the time, fighting experience, and years of training and practice.

Renato Magno

Grandmaster Helio Wore a Blue Belt

In the early 1990′s, Grandmaster Helio realized that the mutation of his art was a direct result of point jiu-jitsu competitions … he decided to return to his original blue belt as a form of protest and to separate himself from the federation and from sport jiu-jitsu.[/pullquote_left]With the creation of the Brazilian jiu-jitsu federation in 1967 by Elcio Leal Binda, the belt system of judo was adopted. In addition, a framework for sport jiu-jitsu, including a point system and weight divisions, which had never been accepted by Grandmasters Carlos and Helio before then, was established. As Judo was attracting a large following in Brazil under this sportive system, Grandmaster Helio agreed to give this structure a shot after being pressured by many of his students, who claimed that the inception of recreational jiu-jitsu tournaments would not have a negative effect on the art.

In the early 1990′s, Grandmaster Helio realized that the mutation of his art was a direct result of point jiu-jitsu competitions, and that red belts were being awarded without his consent by individuals who weren’t even red belts themselves. For these reasons, he decided to return to his original blue belt as a form of protest and to separate himself from the federation and from sport jiu-jitsu. As a humble teacher, Grandmaster Hélio felt very comfortable wearing a belt that currently indicates the first level of learning as well as his favorite color.I asked Grandmaster Helio (why he wore a blue belt) on his last trip to our academy in Miami and he explained that in the original Gracie Academy there were no belt level differentiations based on fighting skills. Belt colors were only awarded to distinguish instructors from students … At that time, Gracie Academy instructors wore a light blue belt and head professors wore the dark blue. Only those who completed the professor’s course under the Grandmaster himself could wear the dark blue belt.

Pedro Valente

Truth In Advertising

All the hours spent watching TV will be replaced by training. Instead of your good smelling girlfriend, you will be rolling around with bad smelling, sweaty men. Your ears will become deformed until they look like cauliflowers. Your fingers will become callous and your joints will hurt, your knees and ankles will never be the same again. Yet, you will be able to practice this sport jiu-jitsu and you WILL love it!

Brazilian Advertisement For Jiu-Jitsu

I Am the Shark

When we go to the ground, you are in my world. The ground is the ocean, I am the shark, and most people don’t even know how to swim.

Rigan Machado

Seek Perfection

The essence of training is the persistence, willpower, and tenacity to perfect whatever you do.

Helio Gracie

Honesty

The truth will always show on the mats, there everyone is honest.

Carlos Gracie Jr.

I Don’t Want to Get Hit

I just don’t want to get hit, that’s all. I want to win without getting hit.

Royce Gracie

Helio Gracie