But after Rickson Gracie recounts the virtually unknown details about some of his epic street and beach fights… “STREET” Defense started to make sense. But my REAL understanding of Ricksons STREET mindset didn’t sink in until he showed it to me first hand.
His Street Defense was NOT developed on a mat or in an academy or by training for tournaments. It stems directly from years of Life or Death Street fighting in Brazil. And, just like a PLASTIC spoon is STILL a spoon… its not the same thing as a spoon made of STAINLESS STEEL.
Rickson’s concepts & techniques are a RADICAL DEPARTURE of what people call or teach when it comes to Self Defense.
When I attended Rickson’s Black Belt only JJGF Self Defense certification seminar. Rickson taught over 100 Street Defense
techniques with many details that none of the other Black Belts had ever seen.
Have you ever played that kids game called “telephone” where a line of kids passes a secret message one kid to another on down the line. And, the last kid in line ends up with a “new” secret message that has NOTHING to do with the message that started the game.
Street Defense instruction is a lot like that. As the information gets passed down the details and nuances that make the techniques SO EFFECTIVE get lost.
Street Defense Jiu Jitsu developed from Rickson & his family is the core of where all Vale Tudo, MMA, and Sport Jiu Jitsu emanates from.
I’m writing you today to share with you the way Rickson him self
taught me to train Jiu Jitsu.
If we were playing the “telephone” game… I’m the 2nd kid in the line, Rickson is 1st, you’re the 3rd.
This isn’t the watered down version you heard about from the 40th kid in the line. And, most importantly whether you’re fighting in a Gi, No Gi or Street Defense scenario… these principles & concepts WIN you the fight.
What’s the #1 criticism of Jiu Jitsu as a tool for “self” defense?
“There are lots of self defense situations you do NOT want to go to the ground. So Jiu Jitsu is limited in its self defense application.”
I’m calling BULLSHIT on that.
After 15 years as a Hollywood Club bouncer I can say its a FACT Rickson’s street defense does NOT need to go to the ground. Jiu Jitsu is just as effective at finishing fights from the feet when called for.
I have defused 100s of Street Altercations with out needing to go to the ground.
All fights starts on the feet and you get to decide WHERE it goes from there…. IF you have the Jiu Jitsu that will hold up under those circumstances. IF you don’t, you’re in trouble.