How jiujitsu can combat toxic thoughts

Deceased in 2008, the great Paul Leonard Newman had a life worthy of the movies. He was born into a good family, became an award-winning actor, was a film director, and one of the great sex symbols of the 1960s. 

So it was with surprise that his family received the statements that the American star left for an eventual autobiography, finally released in 2022.

"I am faced with the appalling fact that I don't know anything," Paul Newman said. To him, his characters amounted to a shell that is photographed on the screen, which the fans run after, and which gets all the glory. Meanwhile, he added, the real person inside him, the core, remains unexplored, uncomfortable and unknown.

Uncertainties and insecurities are part of every human being, as Paul Newman's biography proves—or that of any famous sports champion or politician, if the book is honest.

Take Rickson Gracie, for example. The master was always seen as an unbeatable champion. He, however, never saw himself as a superhuman person. And he learned to look inside himself and deal with conflicting emotions.

Was Rickson born like this? Not at all. Everything was the result of many years of jiujitsu, a field where the fighter learns that life consists of going from heaven to hellish discomfort, on an unexpected and sometimes fun seesaw.

Learn below how Rickson deals with his ghosts.


robertowanick Avatar
robertowanick commented:


August 26, 2023 08:09 AM
Christopher Dennis Avatar
Christopher Dennis commented:

So true. I used to tell my sons that everyone can think you’re special, but you can’t. “You are just a man.” -Marcus Aurelius

August 23, 2023 03:57 AM
Luís Carlos Thebas Salaza Avatar
Luís Carlos Thebas Salaza replied:

Conselhos excelentes, como sempre, Mestre Rickson! Muito boa também a citação do Christopher acima, lembrando conselhos excelentes do antigo e bom imperador de Roma, Marcus Aurelius! Very Good!

August 23, 2023 06:31 AM