Gracie Philosophy

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Q. What if someone gives up and then attacks again when you let them stand?
Clause (9/19/2020 8:58 PM)
A. Defeat them again.
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Q. Learned a lot in this lesson I can apply to my daily life. Thanks
Heisman13 (8/15/2020 7:49 PM)
A. You're welcome!
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Q. I am so new to this but I decided to try something new which is this course I hope i can learn self defense and certain situations where I don't feel defenseless but also have some control to myself while doing this.
Summerpace (7/1/2020 7:10 PM)
A. You've come to the right place!
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Q. Awesome Gentlemen, Thank you so much.
JUNKYARDOG (6/22/2020 5:20 AM)
A. You're welcome!
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Q. Yesss....Really amazing!!! Gracies´s way of thinking is very close to the teachings of the Torah! Thank you so name is Marcus Avichai, Ben Noach, Brazilian, 49, BJJ blue belt. Happy to witness true Jiu-Jitsu in practice and available to everyone online!!! Gracie University...a masterpiece!!!! Congrats!!!! I am here also to share knowledge recommending two books that helped tremendously myself and my wife in life to reach peace in our marriage .... The Garden of Peace: A Marital Guide for Men Only & Women's Wisdom: The Garden of Peace for women only, both by Rabbi Shalom Arush which can complement the teachings. Good reading!
Marcus Avichai (5/20/2020 10:03 AM)
A. Thank you!
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Q. This was awesome...I love this philosophy and way of thinking.
Defecio Stoglin (5/13/2020 3:26 AM)
A. Thanks for the feedback!
Q. I'm 62 yrs old if I was to grade my health from GREAT GOOD OR FAIR I'm in GOOD shape. I have never had any formal training .I want to start a n martial art that will useful in true life situations..... After a short time in one of your classes.. I will start a Gracie garage north of Sacramento. I want the combative lessons for your will not let me access choice. Can it be played for via phone
Namm (5/1/2020 9:11 PM)
A. Please repost in the Gracie Store and Help/Tech Support forums.
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Q. Can I watch the gracie philosophy lessons before Gracie Combatives program or what is the order?
Jeff1894 (4/10/2020 11:45 PM)
A. Just like the Combatives lessons, you can view them in any order and before, after, or during your study of the Combatives lessons. The philosophy lessons apply from the beginning, but your appreciation for them will deepen with time on the mat.
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Q. not a question but more of an observation, just wanted to thank you for the content your providing, this specific video as well as various others will help me change for the better. In the past I have struggled with alcohol and substance abuse. It definitely has a negative effect on my physical health as well as mental. My relationship with my spouse has suffered because of it. Hearing you guys say you avoid drugs and alcohol completely to maintain the right mindset is extremely powerful and uplifting. I wish to follow suit also not just for me but for my family. Greatly appreciate your insight and philosophy.
cm42 (4/4/2020 4:58 AM)
A. You're welcome.
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Q. Philosophies are a great way to find and contain a certain mindset. Control over oneself (physically and emotionally) is one that should be part of any situation. Confidence will come with practice and experience. I know my greatest weakness when it comes to a fight. I'm out of shape. Horribly so, I'll admit. I'm hoping to get in shape and gain a great deal of confidence by learning self-defense. And Jiu-Jitsu seems the best way to go, in this matter. It's better to back out of a dangerous situation wherever possible and only cause harm if there's no other choice or option at hand.
Nikki Miller (7/19/2019 5:47 PM)
A. Thanks for the feedback.
Q. Should I be reviewing the Gracie Philosophies during or after the Gracie Combative Beginners Program?
Lstagg (6/1/2019 9:28 AM)
A. Yes!! Both is ideal!
Q. Hello, is there a strength / conditioning program that could be recommensed to assist your BJJ skills? Thank you
WWJBasile (1/5/2019 12:43 PM)
A. There are a ton of videos on YouTube!
Q. The first lesson is always the most important lesson in this journey... I know that's not a question, but I felt the need to say it.
gjjdoc (11/30/2018 9:55 PM)
A. We can't hear it enough!
Q. That's a good lecture. It was so impressive to say that I had to control myself before I could win the fight. But what does it mean to say that no one can say anything that will make me fight? Does that mean you're going to think I'm not an easy opponent?
Bareum (9/27/2018 11:22 AM)
A. The only reason to fight is if you are physically attacked and can't escape.
Q. When I knew the GU s programs I though amazing wonderful learning as control the bgs behaviors, and Ive noticed with out doing that,nothing really make sense.
mazza (8/13/2018 12:03 PM)
A. Thanks for the feedback!
Q. What techniques do you offer that allow one to train control of one's emotional state and naturally arrive at a level of calm to where "nothing anyone can say to you to that would cause you to fight"? Thanks!
Paredão  (7/16/2018 10:24 PM)
A. Try some meditation and Gracie Jiu-Jitsu! Following Ryron on social media will help too! :-)
Q. Hey. I was wondering if there will be subtitles somewhere in the future. I live in Brazil and have plenty of Brazilian and Korean friends that would benefit from the online classes.
Park.YY (10/21/2016 3:59 PM)
A. It's on our "to do" list, but we have so many projects on the table that it's not a top priority.
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Q. Hi, I'm in a public setting right now watching the videos and was wondering if there was a way to put captions on the videos to allow for privacy. Also, you probably have a fair number of deaf people already trying to study GJJ and it would definitely help them, my mother included. Right now, I have to pause the videos many times to sign the words to her.
Valkyrie (4/29/2016 5:57 PM)
A. Great idea, but we don't have the capacity to handle the extra work yet.
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Q. Hello I would like to know your advice on how to implement new attacks technique in sparring , obviously I might fail a few times in the process especially when the sparring partner is fairly agitated . can you shed some light on that ?
FFF003 (5/20/2015 3:55 PM)
A. First, master the technique in controlled and cooperative sparring, then slowly increase the intensity until you either succeed or reach a point of failure. If you fail, then analyze the technique to determine if the failure was due to your lack of expertise or if you have simply reached the technique's limit and are facing a legitimate counter. If the latter, then either explore options to counter the counter or wait for us to show it to you in a future lesson.
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Q. Hi, I practice with the valente brothers in miami, but I was wondering what techniques you use to remain calm during a fight? I find it very difficult when its fight or flight that its hard to remain focused
njjury (3/22/2015 4:54 PM)
A. The best way to remain calm during a fight is to practice putting yourself in bad situations. Over time, you will learn to relax because you will be familiar with the position and know how to remain safe and relatively comfortable while awaiting the opportunity to escape.
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Q. What benefits would I gain if I do a Gracie garage ?
Tony40 (3/4/2015 7:53 PM)
A. Please follow this link for all the info on starting your own Gracie Garage.
Q. Gracie Combatives makes you very confident that if you for some reason get into a fight, you are able to defend yourself. But you need to be carefull! Nowadays guns are involved in 70% of the fights. Imagine if you clinch/takedown a guy and he reaches his pocket and pull out a knife... You are dead. In my country (Portugal) this is happening more and more. Every time i hear about a fight, knives are involved. Ofc in a mano-a-mano fight you are good but you never know if the guy is carrying a gun. Ofc you try to avoid the fight at all costs but if some drug addicted who has nothing to lose is trying to beat you up, you need to think twice about what u going to do.
senseyxy (7/18/2014 12:47 AM)
A. Rule 1 for everybody avoid the fight at all costs.
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Q. I have to say I am very excited to start on my GJJ adventure! I've been watching the Breakdowns for months now, have a background in wrestling when I was a teenager (my dad had to petition the school board to allow me to wrestle on the school team...since I am a female), my father is a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and is was an ameteur boxer my husband is a 3rd degree black belt in Shorin Ryu Karate and our favorite date night is always UFC or any MMA fights we can watch. LOL! This video "sealed the deal" for me to get serious about starting Gracie Combatives and Women Empowered. The Gracie Philosophy is spot on in alignment with exactly what I am looking for. THANK YOU so much for everything you do! Rener...congratulations on your marriage to Eve. And have a DARLING baby girl! :) You'll be hearing more from me!
KimberlyWise (4/17/2014 10:00 PM)
A. Thanks for the kind words. We look forward to seeing you in action! Welcome to the family.
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Q. This video ( has bothered me since I saw it. The attacker is obviously illed with rage and appears unstoppable. What is appropriate at around the 2:28 in the video (or other time spot you recommend action?
RobH (9/14/2013 9:22 PM)
A. One of the most common mistakes of all time - failing to control the distance! Remember - close the distance, take the fight to the ground, achieve the dominant position, end the fight with a choke or a leveraged based submission.
Q. The philosophy is great.
Rauluta (6/16/2013 11:12 AM)
A. Thanks for the support!
Q. First, I compleetly agree that ego should never be a reason to start a fight. however, I found myself in a difficult situation last summer, where I was getting intimidated by someone. I teach as a surfinstructor, and there is always limited space for students to learn. This often leads to arguments between surfschool and instructers who has the right to teach there. I was by far the youngest and lesser surfer. Therefore other instructers would often stand in my face, telling me to go away. In a normal situation I could choose to walk away, however the studentents pay alot for those lessons, which makes things complicated. Lifeguards tried to adress this man, but when they were not around it would start all over. I feel like if this happens again, I may have to step up and ask if he is challening me... (like taught in the bullyproof). I really don't want things to come this far, but the possibility exists that this may happen again this summer. Any advise..?
Glenn92 (4/22/2013 3:07 AM)
A. It's difficult to advise you without knowing the legal details of the situation. If you are within your rights to stand your ground and it's important to do so, then do it. Be prepared to defend yourself if attacked, but don't start the fight.
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Q. I started training in a very different style of jiujitsu a year and a half ago. When i moved to go to school i found a gracie jiujitsu school here and to help improve that i decided to check out the instructional videos as well. Ive never felt better abo
Alpha Jiujitsu (2/22/2013 4:12 PM)
A. Thanks for the support!
Q. I'm considering joining a gracie barra school, how is it different from gracie jiu jitsu?
Awesomec (12/17/2012 7:40 PM)
A. This has already been addressed numerous times. Please use the "search forum" feature above to locate the answer.
Q. do you carry over blue belts from gracie barra?
Xrayy (8/16/2012 5:07 PM)
A. Because the training mindset is different, we recognize rank received from other organizations, but consider them "unverified".
Q. i was training my little sister in the gracie combatives yesterday. and as we were finishing up the trap and roll techniques. she said something. she said "when someone is trying to fight with me i will think-" i cut her off there, and i said, "exactly, t
CooperHaydenn (4/8/2012 4:47 PM)
A. Worthy of William Wallace.
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Q. great philosophy
Marcos Jo (2/6/2012 4:33 PM)
A. Agreed!
Q. The gracie philosophy dvd should be included with combatives. As I go through these series of discussions i realize the importance of viewing this before anything else. When does one get introduced to the gracie philosophy if he actually attends classes
DeMond (12/16/2011 10:14 AM)
A. We have philosophy sessions at the World Headquarters.
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Q. Awesome philosophy . Really agree with the idea of having total control over yourself and not abusing the power of Jiu-Jitsu , just because you can .
JOJO . (12/11/2011 9:39 AM)
A. Respect.
Q. Parabens you guys are the best ever.
SREORJ (8/16/2011 8:09 AM)
A. Thank you for the support!
Q. does hapkido a good style to help with learning gracie jiu jitsu
dellups (3/25/2011 6:31 PM)
A. Because the strategies are different, it may be more of a hindrance than helpful.
Q. iam white belt i need basics but my lessons are for blue belt what can i do to get started
gorilita (11/5/2010 8:06 AM)
A. The Combatives program is for white belts! It will prepare you for the Blue Belt qualification test!
Q. Do you have an idea when you will be posting the PURPLE BELT DVD's?
VFORCESFC (10/20/2010 10:10 AM)
A. It is all a work in progress! We will eventually have ALL the lessons online!
Q. in the info part of the video it says royce won 3 of the fights. What disipline or martial art was used to defeat him? if known?
music=life12 (8/4/2010 1:14 PM)
A. None! He was too dehydrated to continue!
Q. This is a true aikido.God bless Helio and O sensi.Please add spell check.
sloth (7/27/2010 11:58 PM)
A. thanks!
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Q. If you dont have access to internet all the time, do you have videos or dvds of the belt tests and the techniques included to meet the belt qualifications?
LeeThal (6/12/2010 6:06 AM)
A. These are all included (disc #13) in the Combatives DVD package!
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