Poison’s Drummer Rikki Rockett Competing BJJ At Pan Ams
“Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a huge part of my life and has been for over fifteen years. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a form of Martial Arts originally based on the Japanese form and altered dramatically by Carlos Gracie and introduced as a school in 1925 in Rio, Brazil called, “Academia Gracie de Jiu-Jitsu”. Deeper origins might trace BJJ’s roots to Buddhist Monks in India much further back.
I met Brothers John Machado and Jean Jacques Machado in 1998 at a rally. After an introduction and short conversation they convinced me to visit their school and take a free class. I had roots in wrestling and some ground fighting skills and thought I’d do just fine. I got tapped out by their students more times than I can remember! I signed up the next day and have been an avid student ever since. I earned my Purple belt in the Machado Bros. school and supplemented my regular classes with private classes coached by Renato Magno who moved from Brazil with the Machado Brothers to teach BJJ. Later when Renato opened his own school, (Street Sports BJJ) I began training at that school and earned my black belt there. I currently hold a second degree black belt.” – Rikki Rockett
Check out Mr. Rockett competing at the 2010 Pan Ams below!
Rikki Rockett on Eddie Bravo Radio!