The worst minute of the life of a young Rickson

In the opinion of Master Rickson Gracie, one of the most important concepts in BJJ — and most neglected in academies these days — is the art of breathing. Meaning, how proper breathing can be a trump card for you to calm down during the most difficult times — whether in a fight, in a training session, or outside the gym, in a situation of shock or extreme distress.
In an interview on the podcast of John Gretton "Jocko" Willink, the former Navy SEAL and current writer, Rickson tells in a flavorful story how he realized, at the age of 12, the power of breathing and of staying calm during the worst of situations. Watch the video to learn the lesson, and don't try it at home.

PS. The excerpt is from 35:40 to 38:56 from Jocko's podcast. Jocko Podcast 293 w Rickson Gracie: Stay Calm In Bad Positions. That is Important. Jiu-Jitsu is Life. We encourage you to watch the whole podcast, as it brings a lot of exciting material.


JC44 Avatar
JC44 commented:

Great podcast and book Master Rickson, Osss

January 14, 2022 03:48 PM
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DUH commented:

Champion mind set!! Being comfortable in uncomfortable situations

January 11, 2022 03:30 PM
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CDR15 commented:

Jocko is the real deal. Respect to you both and your commitment to service.

January 10, 2022 11:09 PM