Rener Gracie is famous BJJ practitioner and a head instructor of Gracie jiu-jitsu academy and co-founder of Gracie University. Here are Rener’s thoughts on the principles of Jiu-Jitsu as a sport and as self-defense.
Rener emphasizes how “people learning sport are being confused into thinking that they’re getting ready for a fight, but they’re not (…) It’s possible today in the sport, in the Brazilian jiu-jitsu world, that you get a purple belt or more, and go out in a fight and get beat up.”
Rener on the lack of punch defense in modern jiu-jitsu: “you have two guys who have no consideration for a street fight, no consideration for punch protection who are grappling each other. And when there’s no punching, there’s millions of things that can happen based on gis, and lapels, and grabs, and twists, and crazy different guards”
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