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KJJ Prof Jack Taufer seeks out GM Rickson's instruction regularly and shares some of his personal stories of how Rickson has become one of the best Jiu-Jitsu practitioners in the world. Welcome to the official Kama Jiu-Jitsu channel! We are the premier martial arts school for those who want to learn Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and Mixed Martial arts. With over twenty years of training, we wish to share our knowledge with you! So give us a watch and learn the powerful art of Jiu Jitsu! Wanna try Jiu Jitsu? We offer a free trial! We service the Orange county and Dallas/Fort Worth areas teaching adult, children, women, and advanced classes. Contact today for more info! Visit our new website and blog! - http://kamajiujitsu.com/ California/Dallas - (682) 233-0721 WANT TO LEARN RICKSON GRACIE'S JIU-JITSU FROM THE GRANDMASTER HIMSELF? Pick up his Self Defense Unit here! https://www.gallerr.com/academy/rickson-gracie/self-defense-unit?tap_a=30257-42a226&tap_s=258094-081bcf AMAZON AFFILIATE LINKS Want to learn more in depth about Jiu-Jitsu and it's history while helping Kama Jiu-Jitsu? Check out these books we recommend! By clicking these sponsored links it helps us and it could help you too. These are all books we've read and think are actually worth your time and money. Thanks so much and we hope you enjoy them! Gracie Jiu-jitsu Master Text Book by Helio Gracie -http://amzn.to/2j6gNVk The Canon of Judo: Classic Teachings on Principles and Techniques - http://amzn.to/2ybnpV6 Mind Over Muscle: Writings from the Founder of Judo - http://amzn.to/2ybrdWq Thanks again and we know you'll enjoy these books! Kama Jiu-Jitsu is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon. Music used: "Pamgaea" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
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Vazcular (22 days ago)
All legitimate MMA fighters laugh at Rickson.
rar6178 (1 month ago)
Somebody told me a while back rickson walk past Chuck Norris and looked at them and Chuck was choked out
Richard T (2 months ago)
Am i even slightly right in saying "rolling" is like a game of chess?
Kama Jiu-Jitsu (2 months ago)
it is.
Tony Samos (3 months ago)
Rickson Gracie wouldn’t last long against today’s fighters.
Kama Jiu-Jitsu (3 months ago)
Wrong, but ok.
Jim S (3 months ago)
+ Kama JJ - Were any of you there? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wR2mXIK3G0k
Kama Jiu-Jitsu (3 months ago)
i was at work that day! i came into the studio and KJJ Prof Fernando's brother (Rickson BB Mauricio) told me all about it. i was so sick i missed all the fun!
Shawn Dominique (4 months ago)
Ok here are 2 or 3 questions I have Always pondered, being that kama covers bjj history, I will add it on here. Was Relson even possibly bjj national champion for 22 years? And if so ...how? Relson was born in 53. Lets say he starts competing at 10, or 15. That would be the 1960s before ibjjf long before jjgf at just at the end of carlson reign and the start of Rolls. Doesnt seem right.then by the 70s Rolls Rickson and Carlihnos were the main fighters. I know Relsons good but wheres the record of any competition? Helio had a record from the 1930s...another random question is....why doesnt rorian ever roll? His sons are super legit, and Rorian played head instructor with Rolls back in the 60s. He must be atleast OK..obviously more a teacher than fighter
Shawn Dominique (1 month ago)
+Kama Jiu-Jitsu well GM Rorion is definitely one of the best teachers in BJJ and has been doing it what? The late 60s? So I have no doubts about that. I think he is as legit as he needed to be to prove gjj effectiveness..but wouldnt call him exceptional (again my opinion only)...just ahead of the curve which theres nothing wrong with. You cant really compare him to the mma guys of his family, but that was never his goal anyway..without him alot of us wouldnt even be training for sure. Thats interesting what you say about relson and I totally believe it...I just wish there was more documentation on bjj prior to the 80s where you can see who really did what..for instance Carley also was apparently undefeated but seems to be the only 1 that talks about himself...his son Clark on the other hand as a monster grappler. Carlson Sr also only lost 1 fight ever but you can only get to see 1 of his valdemar fights. Would love to see mkre of the earlier stuff even with Helio or George.
Kama Jiu-Jitsu (2 months ago)
GM Rorion was legit as a fighter and is one of the best ever as a teacher. if he wasn't legit as a fighter, how do you think the SoCal Gracie Challenge matches would've gone (and therefore the success of the early Gracie Academy)? as far as GM Relson, in any age/weight class he was in, he was undefeated. you may not believe his accomplishments, but they wouldn't call him "Campeo" (Champion) and people would dispute calling him that. i've seen him called that, and i've seen no one say the nickname is not appropriate. as he told it to me, he and GM Rickson would be entered (as adults) in both the same weight class and the absolute, but on opposite sides of the bracket. they would meet in the finals, but never go up against each other. Relson would take the weight, Rickson the absolute (because he was the better of the two). as far as Rolls, he fought in a lighter weight class than them, but no doubt, he would kill them at the academy rolls.
SV Flighty Drifter (2 months ago)
Rorion followed Helio's instruction, and believed that teaching was the ultimate expression of leadership. Every west coast old school jits black belt remembers Rorion in his garage on foldable mats spreading the gospel of GJJ. Rorion passed that down to his kids so now you see Ryron and Renee spreading the word around the world. It's amazing to see the explosion of BJJ just in the 30 years I have been following and rolling. And to see amazing teachers and practitioners like the Valente's, Pedro Sauer, Eddie Bravo, and the whole Gracie clan both Carlos and Helio's sides. I've travelled to 34 countries and have been able to find a solid school in almost every country. That word spread in large part due to Rorion and his approach to marketing and teaching, but he is still legit on the mat too, you just have to attend the Torrence academy to see it.
Sergio Arroyo (4 months ago)
conner hartman (5 months ago)
Some people just look like they are lying when they tell stories and I feel like this guy is one of them. His body language is a little bizarre, but that doesnt mean the stories arent true. A real close friend of mine tells stories like this too.
Ez Guard (8 days ago)
It’s all fable......
Jack Taufer (1 month ago)
Damn it, you caught me. I made them all up. But to be honest my body language is a bit animated. Cheers brother.
Kama Jiu-Jitsu (5 months ago)
Liam H Wandi (5 months ago)
Thanks for the stories. Jack's currently staying for a couple of weeks in my house in London and I just can't get enough of them!!! Great channel.
Jack Taufer (1 month ago)
Ben Reidy (6 months ago)
I just enrolled my 8 year old son. 2hrs. 5days a week. He will be ready for the worlds.
nagone11 (6 months ago)
Everyone wants to get in on a Rickson dick suck but what most of these folks just don't really understand is that Rickson started his serious training in Jiu Jitsu at 6 years old. Not only did he start with just any decent instructor but with a progenitor of the art itself..Helio Gracie. There are certain things he knows and a certain level of sensitivity that I believe is really not that possible to get unless one trains from early childhood. A superior sensitivity that is not even conscious anymore, it's now an instinct that actually moves and feels by itself. Small children who now study seriously from the age of about 4 years old to 8 years of age I believe can develop this. Rickson's brain as it developed through childhood to his teens and then to manhood, developed under this. Why are Brazilian soccer players so world famous...when I was in Brasil, living there and training there, I saw kids who could barely walk, with a swingin' load in their diapers kicking and beginning to dribble a soccer ball. Is there any surprise that they're so good. Sorry but no one is really going to able to get to his level without really training from that of a child age and non stop continue through manhood. Kids who are training now and will never stop and go straight to adulthood can and will achieve such ability..those who have not..will not...Sorry. I'm sure there will be those who will disagree.. Just look at guys like Kron and others...they are at a different level...it is what it is..
nagone11 (6 months ago)
Kama...I never said they could not either..all I said was to get to a level like a Rickson...early childhood study is what makes such a practitioner. There are many excellent Jiu Jitsu men out here, no question, but when one speaks of Rickson, who is special when it comes to Jiu Jitsu, this is what I believe. I didn't say everyone was going to agree.
Kama Jiu-Jitsu (6 months ago)
No one said he is. I was merely pointing out how someone can be extraordinary even if their intensive training doesn’t start in earnest until middle school. Marcio Feitosa is another. Began at age 13, if I’m not mistaken. Same with Marcio Stambowski. Rickson is just a statistical outlier, is all. Everything came together with him.
nagone11 (6 months ago)
Kron is great..but he still isn't Rickson!...lol
Kama Jiu-Jitsu (6 months ago)
Kron talked about how he didn’t train much as a kid (favoring instead, his skateboard) and didn’t really start in earnest until he was a young teenager after his brother Rockson passed. And yet, he’s Kron “Freaking” Gracie...
Kekoa Kawakami (5 months ago)
Rickson is all that is man.... respect to one of the last standing warriors of the old world..🙏🙏 **Insert ricksons name in an overly used but witty chuck Norris joke here**
Kama Jiu-Jitsu (6 months ago)
Mahalos, Kekoa!
Kekoa Kawakami (5 months ago)
😂😂… somehow these are even better to me with rickson in it.... Also I heard that ricksons favorite pair of cowboy boots were handcrafted out of real cowboys.. Good content by the way brother! Thank you! Seeing this reply actually reminded me to sub..👌🙏🙏✊️✊️
Kama Jiu-Jitsu (6 months ago)
"When newborn Rickson had his first diaper put on him, it was red with 9 stripes on it." "Rickson's base is so strong, Cat 5 hurricanes approaching him change direction so they don't become a tropical storm." "Alligators on the hunt who cross paths with Rickson soon learn the existence of a "Rickson Roll."
Raul Ramos (6 months ago)
Rickson he is the real deal period he deserve to be RED BELT he has proven to all how the effectiveness of BJJ in tradition way or sports and actual in the ring even outside the ring we know they are a lots of GRACIE’S family at Carlos SR.side and Helio side but if you will pick one only out of the Gracie’s family theirs only that is ELITE and unique which is the only one Best of the Best RICKSON GRACIE the son of HELIO GRACIE it’s just like theirs only one MICHAEL JORDAN you can’t compare them , sorry guys it’s my opinion.
Gregory Gleason (7 months ago)
What's up with the weird 80s computer music?
dig (7 months ago)
6:05 The memory alone of Rickson is enough to choke you lol. The choke was so strong that it transcended time!
jdmikeg4 (8 months ago)
Of course it’s not gonna work againts Rickson. He’s like one of the best fighters in history. Its like trying to fight Bruce Lee.
Larry Medina (8 months ago)
I like this guy. I want to train with Kama.
Kama Jiu-Jitsu (8 months ago)
Prof Jack teaches at our Irvine, CA campus!
SubSculpter (8 months ago)
Wow. It's the things you don't see.
Ryan Kampot (9 months ago)
This guy looks like a right nerd and would put me to sleep in seconds never judge a book.
Marshall Street (9 months ago)
I wish there were more videos like this. Love hearing these Rickson stories
harddobe (9 months ago)
Theres a third dan black belt near me from Brazil who got his BB under Roberto Godoi and he went to one of Ricksons clubs and watched him. Apparently he lined up a dozen hard ass BB and went through them all one by one. He then did it again this time telling them in advance how he would submit them, and he did. Ricksons problem was he spent too much time fighting pro wrestlers in Japan.
Peter Brennan (9 months ago)
why would you be bummed out being beaten by Rickson Gracie .... i mean come on
Kama Jiu-Jitsu (9 months ago)
With both hands tied in his belt while “calling” his sub?! Well, I said, “I bet you can’t...,” and he did anyway... no hands.
Michael Rea (9 months ago)
Anyone else think this guy has the exact same voice as dominik cruiz?
Bear Striker (9 months ago)
I heard Rickison's student Henry Akins tapped this special ops guy who was beastly athletic. He had both hands tied in his belt while he did it, lol
Kama Jiu-Jitsu (9 months ago)
That’s a common thing the Rickson guys would do. I’ve been a “victim” of that from GM Rickson and Prof Dave many times.
Webe Chillin (9 months ago)
Super cool, thanks for sharing!
Jeff Duarte (10 months ago)
This is awesome.
CatchJitsu.com (10 months ago)
Really enjoyed this vid and some of the SD talk in vids Let's all try to get together #KeepJiuJitsuReal
adaptiveagile (10 months ago)
Awesome stories. My teacher's teacher is a Rickson black belt, so we'd hear stories as well. Really wish there was more footage of him online. Thanks for the vid. Will have to remember that double collar choke over the defending hand!
zenone (11 months ago)
As a fighter would you rather win against a nobody or lose to someone who has a big name.I Respect Renzo and Royce for stepping up to all fights ,they to me were true fighters in the gracie family,,not because of the wins but because of the fights they took.
MrSupertwo (11 months ago)
Dave Kama is only a 4th Degree?
Kama Jiu-Jitsu (11 months ago)
That’s what GM Rickson says, so yes.
Cole T (11 months ago)
Rickson, master of invisible jiu-jitsu. I learn so much rolling with black-belts, because I can feel how they use and maneuver their weight, so I can't imagine what a gold mine rolling with Rickson would be.
Kama Jiu-Jitsu (11 months ago)
You should try it.
Brian Myers (11 months ago)
My question is how the hell did he get so good? Helio was small and far from undefeated. Was it because of Rolls and his open mind. I find it hard to believe it's because he is Helio's son......and man, that is no diss on Helio whatsoever.
Jim S (6 months ago)
All of that plus it appears that he was more physically imposing than the average Gracie (I say “average” respectfully, of course). It seems that he and Rolls shared that attribute. When you are physically superior (I don’t necessarily mean large), then you have more freedom to explore and take risks...you can go for the kill more than someone who is less athletic and has to color w/i the lines so to speak. That plus perfect technique and you have a guy who is the closest thing to a real life ninja IMHO.
Brian Myers (10 months ago)
Both good points. If being a bit of a recluse is a sign of high intellect, I must be a friggin genius! Or, I'm just getting old and young people get my nerves.
YawarakaiRonin (10 months ago)
Man is a genius. He took something complex and simplified it. He is able to solve problems faster than others can, and often in novel ways others could not see. My guess is superior spatial intelligence. He is a bit of a recluse. That's another sign of high intelligence.
Kama Jiu-Jitsu (11 months ago)
Like with modern engineering. Today’s engineers are far more advanced than engineers from decades ago. But today’s didn’t get to where they are without building on the knowledge of their predecessors. But a particularly brilliant engineer will take the knowledge of the day much further than even his most notable contemporaries.
Brian Myers (11 months ago)
MMA dudes hate on Rickson, but I have yet to hear one legit black belt say anything bad him. Even the Gracies still say he's the best by far, and they hate each other! Thanks for those stories man.
Richard Crosby (21 days ago)
Rolls Gracie was actually a level better.
The Afflicted (2 months ago)
I wouldn't say they hate eachother
nedaCFilms' #MustangTown (11 months ago)
Rickson's sensibility is just on another level. I did a weekend seminar back in 1999 and learned more than all other training I'd ever done.
The Afflicted (2 months ago)
+Larry Medina pretty shitty joke dude
Larry Medina (8 months ago)
nedaCFilms / Mustang-Town Rickson losing rockson healy rurt rim.
Daniel Ruggiero (1 year ago)
Cool rickson story
Z31Rider (1 year ago)
I would, but I believe there are at least 5 videos online that have been done. No need to wait to watch it. I can be watched immediately.
Kama Jiu-Jitsu (1 year ago)
+Z31Rider so...
Z31Rider (1 year ago)
Do a video on how good is Sakuraba?
Kama Jiu-Jitsu (1 year ago)
+Z31Rider you do one. We’ll watch it!
Chris (1 year ago)
why would there be any blood, yall don't do any punching or kicking is stupid ass bjj
Kama Jiu-Jitsu (1 year ago)
+Chris oh, but we could...
Richard Bejtlich (1 year ago)
Thanks for sharing your stories!
Country Boy Ogre (1 year ago)
Control is an illusion. Great stories my teacher told me how great Rickson is pretty much same stories, he cant be touched. Keep up the good work.
Kama Jiu-Jitsu (1 year ago)
+Country Boy Ogre who’s your teacher?
Tiago Pereira (1 year ago)
Love these stories, Rickson is the man
Jits Guy (1 year ago)
Does anyone know if there is a Rickson representative in the Rancho Cucamonga/909 area?
Kama Jiu-Jitsu (1 year ago)
+Jits Guy, our Irvine campus is your nearest one.
Tom-Tom Tom (1 year ago)
great job explaining that.
gurumark10 (1 year ago)
I have two bucket list seminars left: Rickson and Draculino. I'd kill to train with either of those guys.
Kama Jiu-Jitsu (1 year ago)
you would LOVE a Dave Kama seminar. his next one will hopefully be near Philly before year end.
gurumark10 (1 year ago)
A Kama Jiu Jitsu seminar would be ok too. ;)
Kama Jiu-Jitsu (1 year ago)
+gurumark10 both awesome!
Craig Babbitt (1 year ago)
Great Jiu-Jitsu fighter no doubt. However, he ducked Sakaraba we all remember that.
Rommel Cruz Sager (9 months ago)
Lol. Huge fan but you assumed he ducked saku? Hmm, interesting. 😂
zenone (11 months ago)
He ducked bas rutten...and that was before saku,..
Craig Babbitt (1 year ago)
I see. Thanks for the extra information. Back then the internet wasn't what it is today and information on MMA like that was much harder to find. I have been a huge MMA fan since just before UFC #5 and I had not heard some of that information before.
Kama Jiu-Jitsu (1 year ago)
+Craig Babbitt it was commonly known/discussed in the Rickson "community." I wouldn't say that Rickson "did not want" to fight Saku. I think it was probably more that he "did not care" about fighting Saku. But it was important to Rockson, which is why it was slated to happen.
Craig Babbitt (1 year ago)
Never heard about the signed contract. I honestly think Rickson would have beat Saku, but the impression I always had from what I saw and heard was Rickson did not want that fight.
Bodhi Yoga (1 year ago)
Wow 😳 That is amazing. Thanks for sharing 🙏🏼 I appreciate you taking the the time to talk about your experiences. Great stuff 👍🏼
Meteoroz (1 year ago)
Great stories but that music was doing my head in.
fitnesspoint2006 (1 year ago)
Fictional stories from students about their masters are entertaining. Much like exaggerated flips by students from aikido master. Likely this "individual" let this aging master have his way out of respect.
Jim S (6 months ago)
+fitnesspoint2006 - - did you ever locate that space you were looking for?
Ahmed Santos (10 months ago)
LOOOOL you obviously have no idea how good Rickson actually is. My trainer (4 stripe black belt) told us about his experience rolling with Rickson, and his exact words were "he made me feel like a white belt"
A (11 months ago)
even paulo filho taht is not his student, told that he cant do shit with rickson
carpejkdiem (1 year ago)
fitnesspoint2006 Dork! Dummy up you mindslave easily led and thought for dumbed down minion of the one eye!
Tom-Tom Tom (1 year ago)
fitnesspoint2006 - You've obviously never rolled with or even watched someone skilled in jiu jitsu roll up close.
Maveric073 (1 year ago)
I wish I could have trained with Rickson Gracie. To those that did train with the Grandmaster Rickson Gracie! Congrats. Keep the art alive!
Kama Jiu-Jitsu (1 year ago)
+Lazaro Carreiro, you can still experience GM Rickson at one of his seminars!
ABC 80s (1 year ago)
Its more difficult to break my guard lol i end up breaking their posture amazing details
ABC 80s (1 year ago)
Your techniques professor Taufer i escape the arm bar and control them in my gaurd when i push the heels downward i saw you on budo Jake. Awesome how great they work im a blubelt and ive used these on upper belts and wow tjank you oss
Jack Taufer (1 year ago)
Thanks for telling me that! I love hearing that it works for people. Those videos were some of my favorite techniques.
Moon Light (1 year ago)
Rick son did not accept a fight from bad rutten.
Ez Guard (8 days ago)
Only fight people they can beat.....good business move.
Kama Jiu-Jitsu (1 year ago)
+Moon Light, should he have?
Bibi Sabreen (1 year ago)
Anyone recommend a tutorial for the "three angles of pressure" the guy in the video mentions??
Kama Jiu-Jitsu (1 year ago)
+Bibi Sabreen, we teach it here at the academy.
Kyle Melenka (1 year ago)
"Th-there...was no space" lmao
Robert Livingston (1 year ago)
That's good Rickson is good at jj but can he fight?
M M (4 months ago)
Robert Livingston "can he fight?" You are a potato.
311fitness (9 months ago)
That may be the dumbest and most clueless statement I've ever heard
Spencer Fisher (1 year ago)
Coming from a professional mma fighter I've been to almost every major gym and I've never seen anyone who knows about control and basic self-defense jiu-jitsu that work's regardless of how good the opponent was. He's the best I've ever seen.
Marv Banner (1 year ago)
Robert Livingston watch choke. Rickson is truly a grand master. I've done a decent amount of research and I've yet to find a confirmed loss in BJJ or MMA.
Scott Finnestad (1 year ago)
Robert Livingston what a stupid statement.
Truth Guy (1 year ago)
No doubt Rickson has the best BJJ on the planet. I think the only 2 guys that come close are Roger and Marcelo. I think if all three are in their primes, Roger could win by points or tap. Marcelo only by points. But it would be a case where they all split wins and losses. That said, I think many of the stories from top level guys are embellished, because they have so much respect. I mean, come on. Who would really try to submit a 56 year old Rickson? He's a legend and I doubt anyone would overpower him, even if they could. It's the same as when Michael Jordan played against Dr. J. Jordan openly admits, he was so in awe, he couldn't do anything. Even so, Rickson is the epitome of BJJ and a true martial artist. I'm glad he is regarded as a legend.
Kama Jiu-Jitsu (1 year ago)
Marcelo of today would have no chance against Rickson at the same age. shoot, he wouldn't have a chance against a 45 yr old Rickson. i'm not sure Marcelo would beat his master (Fabio Gurgel) at the same age. Or absolute world champ (and teammate) Roberto Traven, whom Rickson is known to have "played with."
Paraic McDonagh (1 year ago)
Stories are great. Lots of videos on YouTube of people telling great BJJ stories. BJJ is part of a great Brazilian story telling tradition. I love the anecdotes about the Gracie's superpowers. They're my favourite ones.
1philodog (1 year ago)
What is that godawful noise in the background?
Kama Jiu-Jitsu (1 year ago)
prolly tennis!!! horrible!
vibrantZebra1 (1 year ago)
One thing I'll note though about his pressure, just for the sake objectivity, is that when Rickson fought Takada for the second time, the (albeit larger) Japanese pro-wrestler was able to shove Rickson out of mount with what looked to be just his strength advantage. Perhaps this was due to some heat of the moment thing? Rickson was based up pretty high at that time and wasn't keeping the pressure.
Kama Jiu-Jitsu (1 year ago)
not sure what part you're referring to. do you have a time on a particular video you can reference?
vibrantZebra1 (1 year ago)
My teacher is Professor Leonardo Xavier, who is close with Rickson. I've heard a few stories from some of the students at my school that Professor has told about Rickson. I don't know man - Rickson is awesome at Jiu Jitsu.
Kama Jiu-Jitsu (1 year ago)
+Ivan Cotto both good, old school guys that are hard to judge against. However, Prof Leo is close to GM Rickson, so you’re likely to learn from GB Rickson when he swings by to teach Prof Leo.
Ivan Cotto (1 year ago)
I'm looking for a school. I have narrowed it down to Professor Leo or Draculino at Gracie Barra. Any suggestions/Tips?
Kama Jiu-Jitsu (1 year ago)
+vibrantZebra1, you guys stay dry during/after Harvey?
vibrantZebra1 (1 year ago)
Yessir, that's him. I love training there. And yeah, Jack. I will never train under anyone else unless I am on vacation or my family's life depends on it.
Jack Taufer (1 year ago)
Leonardo is a GREAT teacher and human being. I have met him multiple times and he is such a pleasure to be around. I really like him.
RXN NRK (1 year ago)
I would love to have seen Rickson vs Macarrão back in the days #Oss
Eddie Reyes (1 year ago)
Dam who do you guys think the fighter was?!
jay wenang (9 months ago)
Maybe bj penn
Daniel Vargas (9 months ago)
Arona is not known for his guard, he is best known for his top game, I think the fighter is Paulo Filho.
BEJ 0369 (1 year ago)
I guess is it was Ricardo Arona.
Bilbo Swaggins (1 year ago)
Andre Galvao...
Francesco G. (1 year ago)
Thats quite incredible. My question is how is it even possible? 2 years ago is pretty recent and from my understanding Ricksons back is shot and he most likely doesnt even roll that much. How does he easily destroy a young stud active fighter with super high level bjj. Im not hating or even questioning it. But, It just seems impossible.
Jerry Jaravata (1 day ago)
Kama Jiu-Jitsu p
Ez Guard (8 days ago)
It’s true you get old and now you do more talking then anything....it will happen to all of us. Enjoy it while you can.
Kama Jiu-Jitsu (1 year ago)
I asked Prof Dave about the varying levels of black belts a couple years ago, and how there seems to be such a great disparity in the levels and abilities of the black belts. he said you have the "masses" in the group of black belts, that covers maybe 90-95% of the black belts. then you have the "elite" black belts, which would encompass the top level competitors/fighters/typical Gracie Family members. ...and then you have Rickson. haha!
Jack Taufer (1 year ago)
I remember as a purple belt I was working in San Diego for about 6 months and I got to train with Saulo and Xande Riberio. I watched those two DESTROY visiting black belts. It was amazing to watch. That being said, if you ask Saulo about his rolls with Rickson he will tell you that Rickson submitted him! (Actually Saulo mentions this in his book.) That is what is so incredible to me, the level of black belt is so wide. Its like the difference between white and black... There are black betls and then there is Rickson. It is not the level of physicality, its the refinement of technique.
Francesco G. (1 year ago)
That just amazes me. because I know bjj is technique, but when technique is equal , physical prowesness is the deciding factor. Could Ricksons technique be that much better than a current compititor that does nothing but train, when Ricksons injuries have made it so he really cant that much? i dont doubt it, but it is just amazing, thats all im saying. Its like a once in a lifetime, geniuous jiujitus mind and I guess rickson is it.
GoWithTheFlow (1 year ago)
Excellent stories. Thanks for sharing.
Rickson Fan (1 year ago)
Awesome stories! Thanks for sharing!!!
Fergus (1 year ago)
Thanks for the cool stories
John Way (1 year ago)
Dude, I love your videos. Keep posting great content and I'll keep watching!!!
Kama Jiu-Jitsu (1 year ago)
+John Way, oh, man, way to set the bar high!!
Michael Sifu 81 H (1 year ago)
I which we could see him roll
Odin029 (3 months ago)
Thanks adaptiveagile I hadn't seen that vid before... and I'm wondering why no more comments from Spirit Splice
adaptiveagile (10 months ago)
Here he is sparring Corral Belt Pedro Sauer. Pedro is a Jiu-Jitsu machine: https://youtu.be/TM4YsEFXOlI
Danny D (11 months ago)
Spirit Splice maybe not, or maybe he's just not flashy? Idk
Michael Sifu 81 H (1 year ago)
Great stories ..thanks
slamdunktiger (1 year ago)
Are they playing tennis in the background..?
Kama Jiu-Jitsu (1 year ago)
+slamdunktiger, that is out Irvine, CA location located in the Racquet Club of Irvine. 5 Ethel Coplen Way, Irvine CA
slamdunktiger (1 year ago)
Kama Jiu-Jitsu awesome, Jiu jitsu and tennis, my kinda training facility :) where city is this in? Will have to visit
Kama Jiu-Jitsu (1 year ago)
+slamdunktiger, haha, yes. Great observation! Our CA academies are located in tennis clubs.
Duncan Sutherland (1 year ago)
Great stories, thank you!
Madmac79 (1 year ago)
So is Rickson still rolling even in this days? Last time I heard he had a pretty bad back and wasn't actively sparring anymore but you guys probably know better.
Madmac79 (11 months ago)
Spirit Splice I'm sure Rickson too, for how good he may have been, had really hard rolls or moments in which he was dead tired and still went through hard training. It's still stuff that taxes your body I guess, no matter how good you are. Let's also not forget that he had a strong build and supposedly was in top notch physical form, but he wasn't let's say dominantly big like Roger, who truly is difficult to impossible to even seriously pressure in day by day training.. if the story about Mark Schultz helding Rickson in the cradle for a long time was true, it's not hard to believe some other freak of nature guy or somebody with a really good balance could have put a lot of pressure on him without necessarily "beating" him. However, Rickson is mid fifties by now, if anything just age wise it's pretty normal for him to not have random rolls with the guy just coming in the gym. I wouldn't bet my money on any modern era very high level jiu jitsu guy to still be able to roll that good by that age to be honest. These are all my suppositions/opinions on what I've read in the years anyway, I don't really want to enter in a debate about Rickson myth or true strength as I don't/can't claim any ultimate truth, surely there is people that knows better than me like Kama Jiu Jitsu and the other guys of this channel that probably will answer with first hand statements. Peace and have a good training!
Jack Taufer (1 year ago)
Madmac79 He is very selective with who he rolls with and how often he rolls. He does still roll but on a very limited basis.
Kama Jiu-Jitsu (1 year ago)
+Martial Lashley, as far as I've known, he's "trained" with everyone who had asked, when he was in a training setting. Guys from Brazil (and others) would come into the studio to "learn from the master" (more like themselves against the master). He would train with all of them, no matter how big, strong, skilled, etc. He would always come out the victor, but oftentimes, it would come at s big physical price. GM Rickson is not a large guy by any standard.
Martial Life (1 year ago)
Paul Daluz He over did it. It made him a genius but his body suffered.
ABC 80s (1 year ago)
I know there are a lot of haters no one wants to believe the stories but slowly but surely they are out lol keep em coming ive seen youre technique on budo Jake and i use them as they open for me thanks
jebrengl (4 months ago)
sadly we didnt see him fightin vs wanderlei, fedor, sakuraba, couture, vovchanchyn or coleman. fightin vs those guys now he would be the goat, but that didnt happend.
J Tyme (6 months ago)
He knows who to dodge but talks crap about everyone. Rickson beating Fedor in his prime? Dream on Rickson, same with him beating minatauro in a fight.
nagone11 (6 months ago)
People thought that Rickson would possibly lose to Funaki...he did take a shot to the eye but next thing I saw, was Funaki's eyes rollin' in a brain oxygen deprived state....Rickson was about 40 years old......
Kama Jiu-Jitsu (1 year ago)
+Onslo Parker, yeah, saw that clip on Helio on Rickson. I saw the list of names on his record. That list, while technically true, I was like, uhhhh...
Onslo Parker (1 year ago)
Can't believe something we've never seen lol haters more like reasonable skeptics... even Helio himself denounced Rickson as someone who is liberal with hyperbole. The worship for him is silly for what is supposed to be the most legit practical martial art
Richard Yu (1 year ago)
Why don't you say who the guy was?
T smith (7 months ago)
To be honest I would think it would be the opposite. There is no shame in that. It just shows not only how good Rickson is but the need to learn the basics. If Rickson beats you then find out why and learn from it!!!
Gary King (1 year ago)
Kudos to you for taking the moral high road. It's something we can all learn from the gentle art, along with patience (LOTS of it!)
Kama Jiu-Jitsu (1 year ago)
that's not what we're about. we know who it is. he knows who he is. it's not important for everyone to know who it is since the story is about Rickson, and not the latest "victim." some of us who have been the "victim" to Rickson's jiu-jitsu are happy laughing about the story. many have visited him with a chip on their shoulder thinking "he's all hype" only to find out he's the real deal. if they spent their entire career disparaging him (like you see in the comments of many of our videos or on the chatboards) to everyone who will listen only to get destroyed by a chronically injured and broken Rickson in his mid-late 50s, if that person's ego is huge, they wouldn't want everyone knowing it went down that way. we respect that.
Richard Yu (1 year ago)
Actually that sounds like a solid guess.
劉傑福 (1 year ago)
Richard Yu I know who it was. I was there that day

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