Roy Dean – The Collection: Judo, Aikido, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Jiu Jitsu is a journey.
It’s an art. It’s a system of movement; of self defense.
It changes lives.
So where do you turn first? You know where you want to go. You want to learn how to fly; to learn from legends, to always keep fighting, to overcome each and every obstacle that’s between white belt and black. There are many.
I’ve climbed that mountain, and I’ve shown others how to do it as well.
That’s what the collection is. All of my instructionals, for you. It’s a decade of showing others how to use their body; the angles of off-balancing, how to move efficiently, the path to success, and the principles which underpin it all.
Jiu Jitsu is movement; spirals, pressure, technique, mentorship, precision. It’s testing it out in the field of battle. Having fun and seeing what really works for you.
There is so much to know. To understand what Jiu Jitsu really is, and where it came from; it’s not about first place. It’s about victory over ourselves. It’s about physical literacy in a world that needs as much literacy as it can get.
We need to know what’s real; what actually works, so that we can move with security and real purpose in our lives. That is the real understanding. That is the true confidence.
You have to realize that Jiu Jitsu is not about having a single hand raised; it’s about two hands coming together in the spirit of friendship, and respect.
Jiu Jitsu Takedowns Starting From The Knees
Oftentimes when we practice Brazilian Jiu Jitsu we begin the rounds on our knees. There are two main reasons why we sometimes start in this fashion:
Safety: Starting from the knees helps to prevent injuries. If you aren’t experienced being thrown in BJJ you can land incorrectly and hurt yourself, sometimes seriously.
Time: We want to get going with our ground fighting as soon as possible. When you start on the feet time is eaten up getting the fight to the ground where we thrive.
Not knowing how to start out can be frustrating for White Belts. Many Blue Belts can also benefit from these videos. They have certainly helped me. After watching the 6 videos below should be more than ready to mount an offensive at your next BJJ class against your unsuspecting teammates!
Hope this post was helpful for you! Good luck with your BJJ journey!
I thought this was interesting and haven’t seen this covered before.
TV star Ashton Kutcher, a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Purple Belt (pictured in a recent photo below), is clearly wearing a Black Belt in the presence of legendary BJJ Black Belt Ricardo De La Riva (pictured above).
I found one blurb of the visit that stated:
“Ashton Kutcher, was in yesterday, June 13, to see Ricardo de la Riva, in Rio de Janeiro. Ashton showed that he understands the subject and trained very well with the Black Belts of the academy. Ashton learned the secret of one of the world’s most famous guards, the De la Riva guard, which was demonstrated by the master himself.
There is a watermark on the photo for faixapreta.com. Upon trying to go to that website for more information I realized that the domain is currently for sale.
Do celebrities get special treatment because of their social status when training in Brazil? Did Ashton forget his purple belt and a black one was the only one available to wear? The world may never know.
Joe Rogan discusses the legitimacy of Ashton’s Purple Belt
5 classic videos of Jiu Jitsu and MMA legend Renzo Gracie!
Parabens, Feliz Aniversario!
Renzo Gracie was born on March 11, 1967, in Rio de Janeiro – Brazil. He is the grandson of Gracie Jiu Jitsu founder Carlos Gracie and son of 9th Dan BJJ black belt Robson Gracie, brother to Ralph and Ryan Gracie. Like most men in the Gracie family, Renzo started training Jiu Jitsu as an infant. He had formal instructor from many of the Gracie patriarchs, but to of his biggest influences were the legendary Rolls Gracie and Carlos Gracie Jr (the man who later awarded him his black belt).
The Renzo Gracie name is also a synonym of Vale-Tudo, the famous No Holds Barred style of fighting in Brazil that originated today’s Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). Renzo’s first official fight was at the age of 25 in the Gracie Vale Tudo Challenge were he submitted his opponent Luiz Augusto Alvareda by rear naked choke.
Renzo pursued his fighting career moving to the US to compete where the sport was gaining recognition after the early UFC’s, he also opened his own academy in New York, a gym that rapidly became a reference in America and the world for high quality Jiu Jitsu. From this same academy Renzo Gracie forged fighters such as Matt Serra, John Danaher, Ricardo Cachorão, Shawn Williams, Jerry Rinaldi and many, many others. [source: BJJ Heroes]
Renzo Gracie Highlight Video
Renzo Finishes Guy Before He Rolls Out Of The Ring
Renzo And Relson Talk Candidly About Street Fighting Past
Renzo Makes Short Work Of A Muscular Wrestler
Renzo Gracie Documentary
Check out our story about how Renzo famously fought off muggers while live tweeting about it!
And finally, some great Renzo Gracie advice:
Roberto Cyborg teaches Drills for Inverting in BJJ
The ability to invert goes a long way in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Just ask this student of Cyborg’s.
Also, if you love Jiu Jitsu and haven’t watched the video below before, it is a must see!