Zen man, jiujitsu master, student of nutrition and spiritual leader of his family, Grandmaster Carlos Gracie left valuable teachings that linger in gyms worldwide.
Today, remember a few of the red-belt's most famous quotes and use them for inspiration.
"With jiujitsu I learned, above all, the great lesson, which was getting to know myself deeply."
"Brute force is worthless against the science of the samurai."
"It's when the fighters get tired that the fight really starts being fought."
"Eating wrong is the worst of poisons."
"Never fight against the person, but rather against their movement."
"The habit of lighting a cigarette is social stupidity. Let's imagine that it was socially elegant to have two cylinders that exhaled smoke through the nostrils. Would you copy that too?"
"Employ the greatest amount of time in perfecting yourself, and no time in criticizing others."
"Promise yourself to be too big to feel peacelessness, too noble to feel wrath, too strong to feel fear and too happy to feel annoyances."
—Grandmaster Carlos Gracie (1902–1994)
These wise words are grounded in a teacher connected with mother earth, spirituality, family, sentient beings, and all of humanity.