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  • tell me about.

  • You know your father.

  • Um I've been to Rio de Janeiro and I got to get the feeling of, uh, Copacabana and Ipanema and I got to train it.

  • Gracie Baja and I got to train with the Brazilian top team later, and it was amazing.

  • But I always remember that image of your father from the movie Choke where Hickson is training with him and he's very old, but he's still on the mats and he's talking.

  • He has this confidence about him, even though I know he was.

  • He wasn't a big, big, physical man.

  • What are your memories of him?

  • And how important was his personality informing Gracie Jiu Jitsu?

  • It was.

  • A lot of people in the beginning thought that the graces a arrogant they're trying toe put down the other styles of martial art.

  • But no, during a quest to find out which style is the best, because everybody claims that their styles the best.

  • So my father, my uncles, once they learned the art of racism, they got into this quest off boxing says the best.

  • Okay, there's only one way to find out.

  • Let's take the rules.

  • The time limit the weight division, getting a ring a cage and duke it out.

  • Let's see which times the best.

  • So a lot of people in the beginning was saying, Like I said, they were arrogant, But no, we're just in the quest and then became my cousins, my brothers, my myself, who is in the quest to find out because everybody, when we got to America, used to say, Oh, kung fu is the best style and every star is the best.

  • So my father had taught us them mentality.

  • We got raised with that kind of mentality off which style is the best.

  • Let's find out.

  • Don't just believe the my style is the best, my father would say Used to say, Hey, you gotta go because they said it was a new style of new person, a new champion.

  • So you got able to do it and the fact that your father was a small guy, It affected the creation of the Gracie Jiu jitsu, right?

  • It meant that I mean, a small person could be the bigger opponent if they used the right strategy, the right leverage, the right intelligence.

  • He learned pretty much by watching he was very small.

  • My uncle's learned from the Japanese gentleman that was doing business in Brazil and traveling through and thought my uncles, my uncle's continue, they're learning.

  • And then, uh, my father was very small.

  • Couldn't do it.

  • So he said that watch on his mind He, uh he didn't invent a new art.

  • He just had leverage into the moves.

  • So he made it easier.

  • Change a couple little things to make it easier for himself so he could do it.

  • And is it Does it ever boggle your mind that that simple thought process that your father had many years ago, almost 100 years ago now changed the whole planet?

  • I mean, if it wasn't for that, then there wouldn't have been Gracie Jiu Jitsu.

  • There wouldn't have been a UFC because Horry, um wouldn't have done it.

  • And then it wouldn't have shown the whole world this new martial arts system.

  • I mean, that's crazy to imagine that, right?

  • He was way ahead of his time.

  • He was way ahead.

  • I mean, challenging guys almost double his weight.

  • Don't care.

  • No gloves at the time, no time limit.

  • It's unheard of.

  • Mhm.

  • He did a fight three hours and 40 some minutes.

  • Right?

  • Correct.

  • Um, while he was sick at the hospital.

  • You accept the challenge.

  • The doctors don't wanna wanna didn't want him to fight and still fight that long.

  • What was he like?

  • Is a man?

  • What do you remember?

  • He was that?

  • Hands on, move out of my way.

  • Let me do it.

  • Whatever.

  • You're doing something, he will step in.

  • He watch you for a second, and you figured out the easier way to do it.

  • And you, you will be like, Hands on.

  • Let me do it.

  • Move.

  • I'll show you how toe do it.

  • Faster.

  • Easier.

  • Uh huh.

  • That's why he was when he was watching my fight.

  • Well, when he was watching me training for my advice, y'all I always brought him in tow.

  • Watch the entire training.

  • I can see that on his mind.

  • He's trying to figure out a way to make it easier, because when I thought there was no time limit, no way division.

  • So I mean, the time limit came in after, but there was most of my fights with no no way division.

  • So he was always thinking the point is bigger, stronger How can you?

  • How can you make it easy?

  • How he could make it easier.

  • And what was he like as a parent?

  • Was a big on discipline.

  • Did he want you to fight?

  • Um, as a parent, my mother was a tough one.

  • My father was pretty much, um, Don't disappoint me.

  • He never laid a hand on us.

  • He was against hitting kids so he never discipline.

  • Never came over as a a slap a whip?

  • Nothing.

  • There was nothing like that.

  • No beating on us, ever.

  • Never touch us.

  • But just the look that he would give it to us.

  • It would be like you let me down, son.

  • That was enough for us.

  • Toe break us to go.

  • My God, I disappoint him.

  • You see, I don't wanna let him down.

  • So and was it always important for you to keep the Gracie name to keep the family respected by all the actions?

  • I mean, you guys were really close, right?

  • And it was important because you were always being judged by your actions.

  • That meant what the Gracie's were about.

  • That's what he taught us.

  • He always tried to keep us on the right path.

  • never drink, Never smoke party.

  • He was against really going out to parties.

  • Um, it was very disciplined life.

  • But he lives.

  • Example.

  • So he wouldn't do stuff like this.

  • The basic diet.

  • He would always keep us on track with the Gracie Diet.

  • Sleep early exercise.

  • But he will do it himself.

  • That's the thing.

  • It's not just he would tell us to do.

  • And he will do something else.

  • No, he would do a huge followed that kind of life, right?

  • And you had your he would train jiu jitsu in Copacabana.

  • And then you had your ranch kind of out in the countryside, and you kind of had these two, two lives, right?

  • Every weekend.

  • I mean, growing up 14, 14 years old, about every student, that commune now is a little earlier than that.

  • About 12 years old.

  • Every student that come in, he would supply the morning the key to the student.

  • So this wouldn't use the kimono.

  • So you did not have to bring it tomorrow from the school.

  • So every time we show up, there's a G.

  • There's a tower and all the bathroom stuff for you.

  • Personal.

  • You use it.

  • You put in a basket.

  • And then on the weekend on Friday, he would take us the kids and the car load pack with tomatoes with 30 G's and dollars, and spent the whole weekend in the farm washing those who woulda looked wash.

  • Once that load is done, put a new load.

  • Ian hanging all the towels, all the geese on the on the sun.

  • Brazil does on your dryer's son drive the tank.

  • So when you keep rotating sons, born is dry.

  • You start folding those while the next load is already washing, the next loads already drying.

  • So it was a systematic thing that on the on the weekend Sunday, he had a drive back in town to Rio with the car load pack with four G's and thous ready for the week.

  • Wow, my wife.

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HÉLIO GRACIE: Who Was My Father & How He Was Way Ahead Of His Time in Jiu-Jitsu - Royce Gracie

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/11/20
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