Relson Gracie: If you don’t know self-defense, you don’t know BJJ

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Mixed Martial Arts was born from Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. BJJ has since moved largely towards a sports focus, primarily sport BJJ, and to a lesser extent MMA. Self-defense has fallen as the primary purpose, as noted by Relson Gracie, when Connection Rio guests got the opportunity to train with the master at his academy in Leblon, Brazil.

“Helio Gracie Jiu-Jitsu – that’s the only source in Brazil right now to teach self-defense,” explains Relson. “A lot of positions, like Butterfly (guard) for sport, these don’t work for street fights… Helio Gracie says, ‘you don’t know self-defense, you don’t know Jiu-Jitsu.'”

If you want a BJJ camp in Rio, a vacation where you train jiu-jitsu in Rio, or just the best jiu-jitsu experience of your life, then Connection Rio is the way to do it. They specialise in accommodation for independent travellers and can hook you up with training anywhere in the city.