Gracie Philosophy

Powerful Principles

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Q. Can we say that have a good jiujitsu game is a sign of jiujitsu mastery for the practitioners?
taqiudin (10/12/2019 6:54 PM)
A. They are well on their way.
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Q. The best thing you guys are teaching is 'how' to teach more than 'what' to teach. I'm very impressed. More a comment than a question. Take care.
"judo"  (6/14/2019 1:40 AM)
A. Thank you for the compliment!
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Q. Thank you for these principals. I am sharing these lessons with my daughter, and we are learning a ton.
Hank7877 (3/25/2019 6:08 PM)
A. Amazing! Thanks for the feedback!
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Q. Why isn't there an app for Gracie University?
whoopdatcushion (3/19/2019 2:56 AM)
A. Please re-post your question in the "Help/Tech Support" forum so we may help you more efficiently, thanks!
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Q. Have you considered writing an instructional, multi-media text on the technical principles of GJJ and the process of self-discovery that allows one to embody the additional 50% (i.e. 100% of GJJ) that one needs to "make it to black belt", learn between the lines, become a student of GJJ principles, and naturally discover new principles that apply both on the mat in within one's everyday life? #studentofprinciples #GJJprinciples #principlesforlife #learnhowtolearn #keepitplayful #jogoGJJ
Paredão  (7/16/2018 11:20 PM)
A. Everyone has to write their own book! We can merely offer suggestions and show the way!
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Q. Gang, there's a typo on the third bullet point under, 'Powerful Principles'. It should read, "The Gracies will only give....". Thanks so much for the wonderful knowledge.
MattWitek (7/9/2018 5:07 PM)
A. Great catch, thanks!
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Q. great explanation. When I was at GST we did worked on the triangle and I have short legs. I had trouble locking it in and Evandro had me alter my legs and use hips. I see the why now as well as the how
portera (12/23/2016 5:31 PM)
A. Congratulations!
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Q. Being a student of principle is amaaazing. I've been putting it into practice and that right there has advanced my development by months or maybe even years. It's like having a secret weapon. Thank you sooo much... I've offered it to others but they don't want it. What's up with that?!?
Charrua23 (9/9/2015 10:12 PM)
A. What they don't know can hurt them!
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Q. Hey guys great video! Really appreciate you pointing out the reading between the lines part. I was wondering about the red belt, what does it take to achieve? Also is there any special philosophy behind it?
BradN (3/2/2014 2:31 AM)
A. Thanks, and it's LEARNING between the lines! Please re-post your red belt question in the "History" forum, thanks.
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Q. Thank you so much for that video. Everybody should check that out. Very informative.
Teewinot (1/29/2014 11:20 AM)
A. Thanks!
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Q. What is your opinion about the amount of techniques one must "master"? There are a lot of techniques that are tested on but how many are mastered. I feel its better to go deep rather then wide. Like Ryrons armlocks, he has seemingly gone very deep with armlocks. I mean there are hundreds of techniques to test on and sure someone can pass them then and there after hard studying, but two years down the road would they retain half of the techniques they had tested on? Ryron, out of all the techniques you know, if you really step up your game against another high level BB, what would you use? How many have you truly mastered? Look at Rousey for example, she mastered the armlock. Is learning 600 more techniques going to matter to her? Wouldn't learning more about the principle of how she gets to the armlock be more beneficial?
Teewinot (1/28/2014 4:57 PM)
A. See this discussion around 12 minute mark. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mV5eYLo3nCU&list=UUManGNs8aKLxVmgNZY45n2g&feature=share
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Q. What is your opinion about the amount of techniques one must "master"? There are a lot of techniques that are tested on but how many are mastered. I feel its better to go deep rather then wide. Like Ryron armlocks, he has seemingly gone very deep with arm
Teewinot (1/26/2014 6:58 PM)
A. Check out this video in which the brothers discuss this question. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mV5eYLo3nCU&list=UUManGNs8aKLxVmgNZY45n2g&feature=share
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Q. Was thinking about the basics of GJJ on my way to training yesterday, could Gracie Jiu Jitsu be defined as complete mastery of 1.Managing Distance 2.Achieving a Dominate Position and 3. Finishing the Fight? It seems that its principles #1 and #3 that make it so special from other martial arts and especially BJJ. It seems that more and more, sport BJJ techniques, strategies and focus is SOLELY on #2, achieveing a dominate position, but just focuing on that robs the art of its martial capability...am I on track in thinking this? That mastery of ALL THREE is what makes someone a GRACIE jiu jitsu master?
Loewen (5/29/2013 8:03 PM)
A. You've accurately described the fight strategy, but don't forget the foundational principles of energy conservation, punch safety, and natural body movements that underly every technique.
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Q. Correct me if I'm wrong but another example of principles is the Royce Gracie vs Akebono fight. I believe Royce was going for a omoplata shoulder lock and didn't get into exact finishing position but relying on the principle of how the lock is finished still was able to get the tap by twisting the arm with the hands instead of traping it under the stomach. Basicly getting the same result.
Marvelous1 (5/17/2013 9:18 AM)
A. Correct!
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Q. This was an extremely eye-opening lesson. This should be required viewing for everyone studying Jiujitsu. You two are amazing teachers - much respect!!
DanS (4/3/2013 8:43 PM)
A. Thanks, we agree!
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Q. The philosophy of principles can go beyond "learning between the lines" in Jiu-Jitsu. It is a practical life application.
jcporto (1/25/2013 8:53 AM)
A. Agreed!
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Q. Ryron, so those were the two sentences that your grandfather said to you to make your defense go from brown belt to black belt in two weeks. "Stop trying to beat Royce. Just don't lose."-Helio Gracie Keeping it real in Brooklyn!!!
OnFire (7/17/2012 1:36 PM)
A. Correct.
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Q. when we test for our blue belt (combatives) or any other belt, and on our video test, if we use the "principles" other than the exact techniques will we have points taken off our test scores?
mkultracanidate (7/15/2012 5:17 PM)
A. Demonstrate the techniques exactly as Ryron and Rener have taught them, and you can't go wrong.
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Q. Having recently received my blue belt, this is by far one of the most important aspects of truly studying this art. I constantly reflect on it and try to find the different principles involved in a technique. When I'm sparring, I find myself not thinking
Roberto_MC (7/5/2012 2:15 PM)
A. Exactly! Congratulations on your Blue Belt. Keep the fire!
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Q. I actually thought you had to lock your legs when you do a leg triangle. I was so frustrated that I kinda gave up on the triangle choke when wrestling my older brother who is a really big guy. Thank you for telling me that I don't have to lock my legs per
Parkour Jake (3/13/2012 8:50 PM)
A. You're welcome. It's an amazing choke.
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Q. I found this more helpfull and i am still in the gracie combative course but i have trained with mma fighters now i know how to learn the principles as well as the techniques
Cody (3/3/2012 6:46 AM)
A. Perfect.
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Q. I trained a the Gracie Academy in 98 and earned my blue belt. After moving back home, I continued training and am now a black belt with another organization... This video reminds me of how refreshing the Gracie Method is. Thanks for all that you do... K
EmptyJacket (2/9/2012 8:37 PM)
A. You're welcome! And, welcome home. :)
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Q. i just enrolled in the university and im so happy i did you guys are the best
the dark knight (1/30/2012 2:34 AM)
A. Thank you! Welcome to the family!
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Q. Hello there! I recently started learning Brazilian JiuJItzu and have discovered this website. Great Resource! This should definitely help reinforce/supplement what I am learning. Will purchase all courses shortly. Thanks. Is there any place where the prin
Evan Smith (12/31/2011 6:21 PM)
A. Welcome to Gracie University, enjoy!
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Q. This is the type of information that releases your mind... I will truly have to experiment once i get grounded in the techniques...
DeMond (12/6/2011 1:32 PM)
A. Respect.
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Q. This is the best of all the videos ....
DeMond (12/6/2011 1:30 PM)
A. Thanks for the support!
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Q. I gotta thank you all so much for this video!I know that understanding this philosophy of being a student of principles,and not techniques,will help me to apply these techniques so much more effectively,even if it takes more time to learn.And i have a goo
Martial93 (11/13/2011 6:00 AM)
A. Congratulations, you have "seen the light"!
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