Gracie Philosophy

The Universal Misunderstanding

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Q. One of the biggest lessons my coach gave me (brown belt) while I was recovering from a leg injury was to lay on my back, keep legs flat, and have white and blue belts mount. I was only able to defend. All I was allowed to do for a few weeks. Truly increased my depth of staying relaxed and focussing on what mattered.
IanJ (4/11/2020 9:20 AM)
A. Yes. The same applies to any injury that limits your whole body approach to survival. The loss of one tool enables you to compensate by using the other tools more effectively.
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Q. I've been consciously working on this mindset and for the first time last week - I was able to last the entire night class without being submitted AND having a higher energy level and lower heart rate. Completely changed my game and my skillset defensively. Thank you Ryron!!!! #Keepitplayful @romanlanefilms
2ez2cu (8/14/2019 11:51 AM)
A. YES!!!!! Thank you for sharing!
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Q. Oh, and thank you for the lessons of KEEP IT PLAYFUL!!!
Willskey (9/25/2018 9:45 PM)
A. You're welcome!
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Q. Thank you Rener, for offering GOOD DEFENSE praise! No secret that you practice good D and that is an amazing application of the GJJ Philosophy. I just hope that when I'm ready to begin training (I've had a voice surgery and don't feel comfortable starting until I can talk again) that my Instructors are PASSIONATE about Defense. :)
Willskey (9/25/2018 9:44 PM)
A. Thanks for the feedback!
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Q. I have been training like this for almost a year and my jiu jitsu got better and better.I am 133 pounds and now I am able to fight against people who are 180 190 pounds or even more but that's because I feel so comfortable in every single position.Thank you so much for this it really helped me overcome difficult situations in sparring and it kept me involved in jiu jitsu for so many years.I really wanted to share this treasure and I did but I guess it's not for everybody.
fnatic (9/24/2018 7:16 AM)
A. Thank you for the feedback!
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Q. So if we go through our journey from white to black belt without tapping many people but having great defense, then Ryron will still say we have good jiu-jitsu?
Greenpaulo (3/3/2016 1:20 PM)
A. Yes!
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Q. I get the idea of embracing the oponent's attacks , but should I stay on my back stiff,hands on my chest , or should I actively defend and survive ? is this in accordance of keeping it playful in order to promote movement and exploration ?
FFF003 (6/10/2015 6:15 PM)
A. Yes, you should engage! Learn to move move to learn!
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Q. This is going to take much patience development and an ego check
jonny87 (7/28/2014 7:31 PM)
A. And then some.... :-)
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Q. I am new to Jiu Jitsu and unfortunately deal with claustrophobia every roll. It makes it very difficult to relax on the bottom I know it is slowing my progression because of it. I'm sure I'm not the only one out there dealing with this. What is the best way to get past it? It's been 8 months and it doesn't seem to be getting better. I love the sport and want to continue the journey.
Jchawkip (7/19/2014 10:14 AM)
A. Try turning slightly to the side to take pressure off of your diaphragm. Sometimes, chest pressure and the difficulty of breathing will exacerbate the claustrophobia. Relaxing on the bottom takes a little time to learn. And, frankly, if the BG is big enough and knows how to use their weight and maintain mount, then it's very bad place to be. :)
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Q. A two stripe purple belt told me after class, "Hey man, you're doing good but you need to move more. Don't worry about getting tapped out. Start again, start again." I laughed because here in this video Ryron is saying that it's not needed to move for the sake of moving. Plus I'm not worried about getting tapped. This purple belt has also tried to coach me during rolls contradicting what I've read in Saulo Ribiero's book about turning away from knee on stomach. So, what is it? Should I move for the sake of moving or put the onus on him to come and get me?
Michael Carrillo (1/8/2014 7:05 AM)
A. Hmmm...listen to Saulo Ribiero and Ryron Gracie or a purple belt? Your call.
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Q. First I want to say thank you for all you hard work and dedication to bringing us Gracie University. The keep it playful mindset and counter attack mindset makes perfect sense. When should you start doing those and how often in your training should you ke
Marvelous1 (5/10/2013 8:02 AM)
A. Yesterday! At least once a week is a great start!
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Q. In the Combatives program, the techniques seem to teach one how to fight a single person not multiple enemies? For example, if you fight two guys. You took one guy to the ground and attempt to submit him. At that time, won't his partner attempt to stomp you while you're on the ground?
EzioAuditoreDiFirenz (4/19/2013 12:55 AM)
A. Check out this Special Edition Gracie Breakdown, where Rener and "T-City" break it all down for you! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vyyrpjm49hA
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Q. I was rolling at class the other day and went against a guy iv never been able to tap and taps me everytime. And at the start of the roll I said to him my goal is just to survive you today so when he got on top and I just chilled there for a few minutes instead of the usual trying to escape and for the first time I was able to catch his openings that I never saw before and cought him in an arm bar. Thanks for the awesome videos
Nagata (3/30/2013 12:52 AM)
A. Awesome! That's what it's all about!
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Q. Respect! I have to say I've rolled before and because of instruction given from other sources, I was immediately forcing myself advance, or if they advance, I had to get back to neutral. I was told to never get caught just laying under someone. Well af
Mhartman (3/24/2013 6:40 PM)
A. Thanks for the positive feedback!
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Q. Thanks for the answer. I should no more worry and just keep it playful :)
Seongjun (3/18/2013 4:12 PM)
A. You're welcome!
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Q. Noted. Indeed! Thanks and congratulations! I'd say 'keep up the good work', but you already know and do that. Cheers!
Doubles666 (3/18/2013 1:24 PM)
A. You're welcome!
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Q. Willingly. Correct me if I'm wrong, but the moral of the story is even in the worst possible scenario one should wait for the attacker to commit to any form of attack before actually making the defensive move. Even if mounted, don't go berserk and apply the trap and roll, calm down, protect yourself and bite only when opportunity presents itself... Right?
Doubles666 (3/18/2013 12:35 PM)
A. If you act before your attacker is exhausted, you risk failing the move and depleting your own energy. At times, you might be forced to take the risk. The moral of the story is to understand the risks before taking action.
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Q. GC Lesson 1 depicts the worst case scenario. I guess what you mean is if one finds oneself in that kind of situation, # 1 priority is not panicking and wait for the attacker's first move, trying to bash the mounted person's head in by punching being stati
Doubles666 (3/17/2013 5:02 PM)
A. Can you please rephrase your question?
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Q. Hi guys I've watched Ryron's Ultimate Misunderstanding video and I would like to ask him some questions. Have you been training with that mind since you are little? And do your students at the Academy train like this? I am personally the kind of guy who absolutely wants to win as I am young and energetic (even if since I've been watching your philosophy videos I started to change my thoughts) and I wonder if I apply this philosophy in my training, will it help me progressing efficiently in future?
Seongjun (3/14/2013 2:03 PM)
A. Ryron would tell you that achieving the level of emotional maturity, self-understanding, and acceptance of the art as a means of self-defense takes time. Many, but not all, students at the Academy know how to "keep it playful," and those that don't will learn it eventually as they progress in their training.
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