Last summer the great Royce Gracie was at Guy Mezger’s Sports Club in Dallas to do a seminar and I was in attendance. I always learn great things from great teachers, and during this fantastic seminar I learned 10 things from Royce Gracie that you can use to improve your MMA skills today.
Here is lesson #1 and an accompanying video
I had the privilege of attending a seminar by Master Royce Gracie last night at Master Guy Mezger’s Lions Den Sports Club in Dallas, Texas. The event was extremely well run and over 55 people of all ages worked out with Master Gracie for 2 hours. I can assure you they learned some significant techniques that they will use the rest of their Martial Arts lives.
Royce Gracie is a Living Legend in the World of MMA and is the person who is directly responsible for the incredible growth of the UFC and Ultimate Fighting. His complete dominance of men twice his size and strength in the first 4 UFC competitions, propelled the UFC into the public eye and created the enormous following that MMA has today.
It was truly an amazing when the people of America and the World saw the first UFC competition. No gloves, no weight limits, no time limits, NO JUDGE. You fought until someone was the Winner, and there was never a doubt of who the winner was, since the loser was usually unconscious, or disabled. It was violent, bloody and incredibly exciting because of the first time on TV you saw a “real fight” with very few rules and a decisive winner. For the first time you saw smaller men fighting other men who were much bigger, stronger and “meaner looking” than them. Master Gracie defeated people you wouldn’t want to meet in an alley, even with a gun, and he did it with relative ease and simplicity. Not overpowering his opponents, but by using superior technique from a superior street fighting style Gracie Jiu Jitsu.
Last night I got to meet Master Gracie for the first time in person and watch him teach a seminar. It was an amazing thing. Here is a man who is now 42 years old, looks like he weighs about 170 pounds and doesn’t have any real noticeable muscle bulging from his body. Yet this man has beaten people who outweighed him by 300 pounds, Akibono the great Sumo Champion, and men who were huge muscled up, tattooed, black belts and street fighters with ease and grace, or should I say “Gracie”. And last night at the seminar I learned why.
I have been training in Martial Arts for 46 years now and am a Grandmaster, author of 38 books, 24 DVD’s, and for the first time in my life I saw why and how a man who is “smaller and weaker” can easily beat a man twice his size. I learned 10 things and 10 Techniques from Master Gracie I want to share with you over the next few weeks and 10 techniques that you can use to overpower your opponents with Grace and Ease
The first thing I learned from Royce Gracie. You can control any fight with Grace and Ease.
The First thing I learned from Master Gracie is that he can control a room with gracie, and ease. From now on I will use the word “gracease” I mean, the “gracie” way of doing Martial Arts, with ease and technique, not power, and force. He controlled he room with “gracease”, just as easily as he controlled his fights with grace and ease. Please let me explain.
When you have a room full of people who are training in MMA, you usually have a room full of noise, disruptions and violence. Master Gracie immediately took control of the room by making it clear that if you wanted to hear him, you had to shut up and listen, because he wasn’t going to talk any louder and wasn’t going to scream to get you to stop your training noise and movement to continue the class. If you wanted to learn, you had to be quiet, listen and pay attention.
When the room started getting a little “rough”, Master Gracie took control by pointing out that he was not from here, didn’t have a car, wasn’t going to take anyone to the hospital if they got hurt, and wasn’t going to feel bad about it, because he didn’t know them. He suggested that this was “training” not a fight and that they should “slow down” and work the technique, and not try to overpower, or overcome their partners with power, speed and strength, but with “gracease”. It was a great lesson and one that Martial Arts teachers and students should learn and follow in at schools. Too many times I have been to a Martial Arts Class or school where students were too noisy, disruptive and going much too hard with their partners. Almost immediately someone would get hurt, or the class would break down into little groups of noisy, inattentive students. Controlling a class with Grace and Ease (gracease) is the first thing I learned from Royce Gracie.
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Here is what is to come.
1. You can control any fight with grace and ease.
2. He was ready to fight anywhere anytime if you wanted
3. He was very mental in his approach to fighting and training
4. You don’t have to be stronger to beat a stronger opponent
5. The best way to escape a dangerous position is to not get in it.
6. Martial Arts Mastery is a life long program
7. Confidence is created by proper training.
8. Don’t be a hurry to start or finish your class or fight
9. When the technique is done right it works
10. You don’t plan a fight, you win a fight