Closing out his live webinar hosted a couple of years back, Rickson Gracie received a question as philosophical as they come: "What is the essence of jiu-jitsu?" The answer, coming from a man who has lived jiu-jitsu like few others, went like this:
"Jiu-jitsu is an art form, and the essence of jiu-jitsu is essentially to give you the knowledge of a martial artist. And, being a martial artist, you'll be able to use, to express yourself, to empower yourself to do like you should do in the most clean mind to do the best you can do. So, jiu-jitsu's gonna increase your courage, your sense of respect, your capacity to love; jiu-jitsu will give you the answers for your doubts and will make you believe in the impossible, because all the practice in jiu-jitsu gives you the sense of: nothing is impossible; you can achieve, you have possibilities, you have strategy, you have... So, the essence of jiu-jitsu is to make you develop, within, power, love and appreciation for life."