One thing Rickson taught me as a WHITE belt had an IMMEDIATE impact on how I trained for Jiu Jitsu…. and STILL shapes my daily training 20+ years later
At one point in my training I was injured and working a ton and I asked myself how can I get better at Jiu Jitsu when I can’t train hard and I don’t have any time to be in the gym?
Rickson’s JIU JITSU SPECIFIC movement and solo drills are glimpsed in a scene on the beach in his documentary CHOKE. In the movie he captivated so many people as you got to see “behind the curtain” just a bit and see just how different he moves and flows from position to position. It’s quite possibly the most watched and talked about scene from the documentary.
His Exercises, Movements & Drills were developed specifically to improve Strength, Flexibility, Speed, Coordination and Balance for Jiu Jitsu. I personally saw him create drills on the spot to improve specific techniques or important movements.
Rickson was a lot of things… but MOST of all he was SMART! He knew he couldn’t train all out 100% every time and show up healthy to fights. He needed a way to improve his Jiu Jitsu, develop his timing and rhythm, while still being low impact on the joints and body.