Tuesday, September 4, 2012

"Relentless Fundamentals"

It probably goes too far to say that there is no one outside my academy whose approach to jiu-jitsu I have wanted to emulate more than that of Rickson Gracie.  But it's true.

Classic Judo Chop: Rickson Gracie's Relentless Fundamentals
While many associate high level Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with complicated moves, Rickson's success came from relentless fundamental technique.
This Judo Chop will start with a macro-view of Rickson's grappling game then break it down into parts. Rickson had a wonderfully diverse grappling background, training under his father Helio Gracie and also his cousin Rolls Gracie. Rolls encouraged his students to keep an open mind when it comes to other grappling arts. As a result Rickson had experience with not just the Gracie brand of jiu jitsu, but also Judo, Sambo and wrestling.