Rickson Gracie: Modern BJJ Black Belts Remind Me of Karate Practitioners Clueless of Jiu-Jitsu

Rickson Gracie’s opinion on modern Jiu Jitsu:

“In the past, when we arrived in the US, we were teaching Jiu-Jitsu to Karate black belts, who at the time felt like they knew everything. When they got exposed to real Jiu-Jitsu, they would say that they lost 20 years of their lives doing Karate, and now they realised what the real thing is. So somehow when I go to a (BJJ) seminar these days, i get the same impression from Jiu-Jitsu black belts. They’re like “Wow , I never taught that this existed in Jiu-Jitsu”. If we don’t do something very soon, Jiu-Jitsu will lose its fight-dentity.”

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1 COMMENT

  1. as i have much respect, however seems to be ONLY in tournaments, never a case of a service man wanting to be on the ground to do his fighting, in Japan the chosen art would have been Aikido to fight battles.
    I do feel that knowing jiu-jitsu only helps you when the fight is down. So my suggestion is start training with weapons, sword , knife, bat, etc. respectfully Sensei Perkins 5 th degree Hap Ki Do been teaching since 1976..

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