This was not your ordinary Jiu Jitsu seminar, to say the least. Students had the very unique experience of breaking down the fight on video versus Sakuraba with Ralek. For those of us in attendance who had studied the history of the Gracie fighters of the past, there was a historic feeling in the air. Not in an obsequious manner of being in the room with a “Gracie.” Rather, it was inspirational feeling. As the group discussed the events of the fight one could not help but notice the exact similarities between the technique of the young Gracie and the technique of Rorion, Rickson, Royce, and Royler who came before him. From the famous front kick to the seemingly impossible to avoid clinch, classic Gracie Jiu Jitsu was on display. [blockquote class="quotes"]To see the humility and hear of the deep respect had for his family and art, his recent opponent Sakuraba, and for all of the students in attendance was refreshing.[/blockquote]
The group learned the importance of keeping the correct distance in the stand up Jiu Jitsu game. Ralek then took us through the very same take down series he used in his fight. We then went through a variety of ground techniques including maintaining top control, arm bar escapes, closed guard passing, and the highly effective knee on belly that Ralek used in the fight. Finally, we were able to drill the entire sequence we learned during the seminar from standing, to clinch, to take down, to pass and finish.