Rickson Gracie (Portuguese: [ˈʁiksõ ˈɡɾejsi]; born November 21, 1958) is a Brazilian 9th-degree red belt in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and a retired mixed martial artist. He is a member of the Gracie family: the third oldest son of Hélio Gracie, brother to Rorion and Relson Gracie, and half-brother to Rolker, Royce, Robin and Royler Gracie. In the 1980s and 1990s, he was widely considered to be the best fighter of the Gracie clan, and one of the toughest in the world. In November 2014 he became an inductee of the Legends of MMA Hall of Fame, alongside Big John McCarthy, Pat Miletich, and Fedor Emelianenko. In July 2017, he was promoted to red belt, the highest ranking in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, but denied the rank as he had not yet met IBJJF time in rank requirements, keeping the belt for when he does.
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“Jiu-jitsu puts you completely in the moment, where you must have a complete focus on finding a solution to the problem. This trains the mind to build that focus, to increase your awareness, your capacity to solve problems.”
“Sometimes, you don’t have to win, you cannot win. but that has nothing to do with losing.”
“If we fight for money, I’ll stop hitting you when you ask me to. If we fight for honor, I’ll stop hitting you when I feel like it.”
True strength is not always shown through victory. Stand up, try again and display strength of heart.
In life, when presented with any situation, breathe, take your time, focus and then decide what to do.
Our fears don’t stop death, they stop life.
I am a shark, the ground is my ocean, and most people can’t even swim.
If size mattered, the elephant would be king of the jungle.
The journey has to be based on passion. Put yourself in something you love to do. If you love what you do you’re able to dedicate yourself, overcome obstacles.
Physical strength (hard work), mental strength (perseverance) and spiritual strength (love & acceptance) are the keys to continuous growth.
I believe intelligence and fear are very close together. Guys who say they are not afraid of anything, they are stupid. They are silly to me…I am afraid of everything
A brave man, a real fighter is not measured by how many times he falls, but how many times he stands up.
Self-defence, self-confidence, discipline and self control. The values you learn are priceless.
If you are not comortable to deal with an opponent 50 lbs heavier than you, there is something wrong with your Jiu Jitsu.
If today you have nothing to be happy about, thank God for the potential of tomorrow.
If you do not speak up when it matters, when would it matter that you speak? The opposite of courage is conformity. Even a dead fish can go with the flow.
The biggest gift I received as a martial artist is without a question the capacity to be in peace.
Born to fight.
Learn to win.
Live to help.
If you are ready to die, then you are ready to live.
Everybody has fear. The difference is that the coward does not control fear and the brave… gets over it.
When you are on the ground, only one of you two can be comfortable at any one time. Either you are comfortable or the opponent is. Your job is to transfer the comfortable from him to you in every position
I always keep my mind open. For me, a mind has to work like like a parachute, works only if it’s open.
A strong body is a good asset. A strong mind is a very good asset.
What makes you tough is your mindset and I believe anyone can be tough.
A 10,000 mile walk, begins with a single step and continues one step at a time.