Helio Gracie – Best Advice from Grandmaster


If you don’t lose, you can only win. This is one of the greatest advice that Grandmaster Helio Gracie gave us. It is important to understand this in the right way and interpret it correctly. Helios grandsons Rener and Ryron Gracie explained this advice.

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If you don’t lose, you can only win. This quite simply means, if you can avoid defeat, you won. We can adduce one simple example in Jiu-Jitsu. You have to let go of the expectation, the expectation of submitting people. You can’t be completely focused on just that. Your way of thinking is not correct, just like you’re understanding of Jiu-jitsu.

“I do not defeat my opponents, they defeat themselves”.

What does this mean? It is another great advice and you have to understand clearly.

Defeat people with this idea, that they have to pass your guard, escape your mount, submit you, and when they fully go, without thinking, they will defeat themselves. They will defeat themselves by physically and psychologically exhausting.

There is another victory you can get, which is them being more tired than you are. This is one of the philosophies of how David beat Goliath.

At one moment, you can be on top of the world, but you never know what is coming around the corner. It doesn’t matter how good, how strong, how your sweeps or guard passes are. There will be a day if you don’t adapt to this mindset you will not be able to succeed. You can’t allow self-demolishing with the wrong mindset.

Grandmaster Helio lived by these principles till 95. He was able to train his whole life.

His explanation for people who cannot do jiu-jitsu is that they do not understand jiu-jitsu in the right way, their vision of Jiu-Jitsu is wrong.

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