“Breathe and Flow with the Go.” – Rickson Gracie
My guest this episode is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Vale Tudo, and MMA legend Master Rickson Gracie. He reigned as world Jiu Jitsu champion both in the middle-heavy weight and open divisions for almost two decades, retiring with an undefeated record after hundreds of Jiu Jitsu, Vale Tudo and challenge matches. Since retiring he has focused on unifying the Jiu Jitsu community and spreading his family martial art through his Jiu Jitsu Global Federation and teaching seminars across the world. He is the author of the NY Times and Wall Street Journal Best seller, one of my favorite books, Breathe – A life in Flow. Netflix is also developing a film on his life titled Dead or Alive.
This Episode is a master class on the warrior’s way. Master Rickson is an inspiration and personal hero of mine, he is the embodiment of a modern samurai. My Key takeaway is that everything begins and ends with the ability to control our breathing so we can relax under pressure and approach both martial arts and life with a fluid body and mind mindset. Master Rickson details that flow is all about presence of mind and body so we can seek a connection and find harmony through balance. The art of flow is about cultivating our sensitivity so we can make micro adjustments and continuously make ourselves comfortable in uncomfortable situations. We discuss training methods, teaching philosophy, and the gift of empowerment. Master Rickson’s stories are so inspirational, and his lessons are life changing. I hope you get as much out of this as I did.