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Rickson Gracie Jiu Jitsu (Gracie Fighting)

The name “riding” refers to the fact that most of the time when someone uses the word “grace”, they are referring to their ability to ride horses or other animals. In some cases, it means being able to do something well without much effort.

The term was coined by Japanese martial artist Mas Oyama, who used it in reference to his own skills in judo.

Rickson Gracie Jiu Jitsu (Gracie Fighting) is a Brazilian jiu jitsu system developed by Rorion Gracie. The system was founded in 1971 by his father Helio, but it wasn’t until after his death that it became popular among the general public.

Rorion’s son Royce took over the family business, which made him the undisputed leader of the Gracies. Since then, Royce has been known as one of the greatest competitors in all of jiu jitsu.

In addition to being a competitor, Royce is also a teacher and coach at various academies around the world. His style is called Gracie Jiu Jitsu (Gracie Fighting).

In this style, the techniques you learn are divided into three groups: self-defense techniques, fighting techniques and ground grappling techniques.

Self-defense techniques are used to get yourself out of a dangerous situation. Most of the time you’ll be on the ground, but this doesn’t mean you can’t use them against an opponent who is standing.

There are certain defenses to certain holds or attacks such as wrist locks and arm bars, chokes and strangles.

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Fighting techniques are mainly used in fights or self-defense situations where you’re likely to be on your feet. Such techniques include punches, elbow and knee strikes, kicks, as well as head butts.

The third group is ground grappling techniques. This is where most of the action takes place.

They are divided into two main groups; holds and submission holds. Holds are moves like the triangle choke, north-south, and many more. Submissions refer to the act of breaking a limb or a joint in order to force your opponent to give up.

When you begin training in the style, a lot of these moves may seem a bit daunting. But with time, you’ll become more familiar with them and learn how to react in certain situations.

One thing to keep in mind is that the style is specifically designed so that smaller people can defend themselves against bigger attackers, and this is certainly true when it comes to ground grappling techniques.

Mastering the various techniques in any martial art form takes dedication and time. There are a number of moves that you will learn as you become more acquainted with jiu jitsu.

Some of these moves will be more effective against certain opponents, while others will be ineffective against others. It’s up to you to learn which techniques work best for you, as well as your body type and the way you fight.

It’s also important to keep in mind that when it comes to fighting, anything goes. It’s common to see people poking their opponent’s eyes or even biting them in extreme cases, so do what you’ve got to do to get the job done.

However, one of the biggest threats in a street fight are weapons. Even if you’re skilled enough to overcome your opponent, there’s nothing stopping them from pulling out a knife or gun and opening fire.

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In a life or death situation, some people will do whatever it takes to survive. Keep this in mind when you fight.

Before you begin training in the various techniques, you have to learn how to fall. This is the first and most important thing you must learn.


Because there is no such thing as a fair fight and one wrong move could mean broken bones, or worse, your death.

Mastering the ability to fall takes time and patience. The key is learning how to roll with the momentum of whatever knocks you off balance.

Let’s begin…

You are in a proper stance, feet shoulder width apart and turned slightly outward. Your knees should be slightly bent to cushion your fall and your back straight.

The instructor now walks behind you and gives a push to your back with one hand to give you some momentum, while the other is positioned under your sternum for support.

“Alright, start rolling…

slowly.” he commands.

It takes a few seconds for you to actually start rolling, but once you do, the momentum causes you to continue and you end up falling all the way down to the bottom.

You try it again and again each time gaining a little more speed, until you are eventually able to control your speed and become one with the fall.

“Very good! Now we’re ready for the next step.”

The next step is actually learning how to fall from various positions, starting first with standing up, then going to your knees and ending with lying down. You will be expected to master the falling from each of these positions before moving on to the next step.

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Along with falling, you are also taught how to correctly break a fall from a variety of attacks. Your instructor shows you a few basic examples and then has you try it yourself.

You are thrown a few times in order for you to get the hang of it and then practice as much as you can before the day ends.

You learn a few new techniques and are confident that you won’t break apart when fighting, but you still have some serious concerns about your ability to kick someone’s butt.

At least now you have a few options when it comes to defense. You just hope it’s enough to keep you alive and out of prison…

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