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BJJ Legends: Well, essential to our culture is loyalty. My instructor Wander Braga and his instructor, Jorge Pereira always say, every time I see them, "It's always important that family and loyalty is the most important thing."
Rickson Gracie: Yes. They are dear brothers for mine.
BJJ Legends: Thank you. In Jiu-Jitsu and in life... My first instructor was Jason Krikorian. He always used to say the same thing. Always very important that loyalty was ever-present in the Jiu-Jitsu player because who knows what's going to happen in life, but it's very important to be able to rely on those around you. So I'd like to say to you thank you for your loyalty to the art...
Rickson Gracie: My pleasure.
BJJ Legends:... and to the Jiu-Jitsu community...
Rickson Gracie: My pleasure.
BJJ Legends:... for circling back around here and educating us and helping to guide us back towards some of the more traditional ways of dealing with this art, so that we can all benefit from it.
Rickson Gracie: Thank you, my friend.
BJJ Legends: Thank you very much.
Rickson Gracie: Jiu-Jitsu for life.
BJJ Legends: Jiu-Jitsu for life. Thank you for sitting with BJJ Legends.
Today in the Rickson Interview: BJJ and the family unit - I don't work for the family. I work for the individual. When they become a better individual then they become a better family.
BJJ Legends: Family is the umbrella under which all that falls, whether it's children or even a police officer who's a father, a mother, as you noted. That's a very important structure, unit structure, in American society and other parts of the world. What role do you feel, within the family unit, Jiu-Jitsu can offer?
Rickson Gracie: Man, you tell me how children can become better children, how the mother can become a better mother, how a father, executive, police officer. They will always have something to learn and to improve with Jiu-Jitsu, individually. So I don't see the function in Jiu-Jitsu work in their relationships or the family itself.
I make the children become more respectful to their parents, more capable to control emotions, and more capable to handle pressure. So I make the father more confident, more peaceful, more empowered than he normally is if he don't have that kind of self-confidence. I make the mother more...
Everything can be transformed positively. So I don't work for the family. I work for the individual, and they become a family, and they become a better family.
I think by doing a good job in Jiu-Jitsu, they completely will fulfill that need, from police officers to mothers to children to executives and competitors. I think a good Jiu-Jitsu school can really present itself as a community service academy. So I feel very confident. A good Jiu-Jitsu school can provide a great service for the community as a whole.
Tomorrow: Rickson talks about making the transition from Jiu-Jitsu to professional MMA.