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Always thought Rickson was one of the top instructors in his field, albeit I’m not a BJJ student but do train jujitsu, always liked the top Gracie’s teaching methods. So gave the book a read and can say was very entertaining but also appears to be full of honesty about his life and the Gracie family, you read it and see they are just a family like every other, albeit they have gone on to great success, a good little read for anyone interested in the Gracie’s, jujitsu or any martial arts practitioners
Rickson Gracie is considered by many as Jiu-Jitsu’s greatest of all time. Stories have been passed down through time as to his incredible skill and understanding of his family’s art, Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. It was refreshing to read a very honest and open account of a life that has seen its share of drama, tragedy and success. Rickson comes across as a man that has walked the path of a warrior, made mistakes, as we all have, and learned to live his authentic best following the loss of his oldest son. I would have liked more great stories, but perhaps there is another book planned (I hope so). All in all a great read, whether you are a Jiu-Jitsu practitioner or just someone that is looking for inspiration. Highly recommended.
Great read for any BJJ fan. I was expecting it to be a book about Ricksons breathing technique when I pre ordered it to be honest but was please to learn about the Gracie family history and about Ricksons life story. Very inspiring.
I would encourage everyone to read this book. While it will naturally appeal to BJJ/Fight fans more, there are fundamental lessons about life that will resonate with everyone. Rickson’s way of writing is beautifully simple, the words dance off the page and into your soul. It’s an easy read, and will only take a few days - but it will stay with you forever.
His story has everything - the greatest highs, and the lowest lows - and it all resonated with me more than any book has for a long time. I look forward to reading it again soon - it’s that good!
An emotional insight not only into the life story of Rickson Gracie but a fascinating in the beautiful, fractured and at times, ugly world of Jiu-Jitsu. Rickson's life up till now reflects much of the wider Jiu-Jitsu story, the author managing to tell his story with great humility and an objective focus that is so incredibly rare these days
I’ve read quite a few autobiographies, many of which have been about martial artists. However I have to say this is the by far the best, with such a rich heritage and so many interesting stories - this book kept me hooked from start to finish. I only wish it was longer!
If you’re even remotely interested in jiu jitsu or martial arts this is an absolute must read!