Gracie Philosophy

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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!
Q. For someone with naturally tight glutes and hamstrings, how much time per day should I spend working on flexibility in these muscles? The most efficient methods would be most helpful, thanks. Great videos by the way.
goldmedalkid (5/23/2010 12:23 AM)
A. Do some research on "dynamic stretching"!
Q. With the understanding of allowing the opponent to defeat themself, how does the concept of balance figure into one's understanding of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu?
C. J. (4/25/2010 8:10 PM)
A. Not sure we understand the question, but assume that you're referring to maintaining your own base (balance and stability) relative to that of your attacker. The concept is at the heart of many of the jiu-jitsu techniques.
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Q. Just orderd the size4 Gi,cant wait to train with it Bro.
matisyahu (4/1/2010 2:36 PM)
A. Enjoy!
Q. A Purple belt who was running the class that day,we had a one on one session,so after a while I was rolling with this kid who had been there a few months longer than me (were both new comers) he is stronger,weighs more than me,and were the same height,anyways,so after we went at it for a while he said my technique was good for the short period I had been there,but what I lacked was aggression, He says he can tell I am holding back,and on some level.. I agree. How could I unlock it and be motivated? thank you.
matisyahu (3/28/2010 5:39 PM)
A. Control and patience are good things! As your ability increases, you will feel more confident going on the attack!
Q. por isso que eu tenho orgulho de ser brasileiro!!!! voces estao de parabens, levando o nome do nosso pais mundo a fora!!!
brunozk (2/15/2010 3:56 PM)
A. Brasileiros e americanos - uma combinação vencedora! Obrigado, irmão!
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Q. can i buy combatives dvds in region 2 so i can watch them in england
wychbury (1/13/2010 1:43 PM)
A. They are only available in region 1 for now. Consider buying a region 1 DVD player.
Q. What's a gracie garage?
Andy55 (1/2/2010 9:11 PM)
A. An informal, unofficial training place for people to learn and practice Gracie Jiu-Jitsu.
Q. How does eddie bravo's tenth planet jiu jitsu system compare to more the traditional Gracie Jiu Jitsu system? I prefer the gracie system but what are the main differences?
Kiru (12/30/2009 11:19 AM)
A. Sport vs. self-defense mindset.
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Q. CALM, CLARITY, CONFIDENT, PATIENTE AND CONTROL. thats the most important things im learning from you guys, thanks for that. the motto for me in a fght is what you said in lesson 7. Any time the opponent becomes agressive dont think twice, bite your teeth, protect your face and close the distance. I think this is the most important decision in the fight and the most critical step, for all of that the minsed part is even more important than everything else, and im working on it because is not as easy as saying it when in a real sutiation someone is insulting you, yelling at you and coming at you to harm you. what you thing about it guys.
fabianfmp (12/26/2009 11:37 AM)
A. It sounds like you understand the philosophy!
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