Rickson Gracie is a legendary figure in the world of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and MMA. There are countless stories of how good he was during his prime.
There are many stories of Rickson Gracie manhandling and submitting BJJ world champions when they came to visit him in his academy during the 90’s.
UFC vet and BJJ black belt Tim Credeur recently talked about how blown away he was after raining with Rickson:
|I am no great anything. As a purple I heard all the bullsh*t about Rickson and I thought as many on my Team ( What the F$%* ).
How good can a guy really be. Coming from the Carlson Gracie Team I had wrestled with the best and I knew what the damn deal
was. I was smoking everyone in tournaments as a purple back then and I figured of course I would get worked but
I was pretty legit and it could not have been that bad if I rolled with Rickson.
I mean what could he possibly do that I had not seen. I got a private, I waited about 2 months for it.
I got so f*cked up when we finally rolled I questioned everything and I mean everything that I had ever learned or thought
I am a Black Belt today under World Champion Rodrigo Medeiros ( Carlson Gracie / BJJ Revolution Team ) I fight regularly in
MMA and I have trained with any and everyone you could imagine.
Rickson is F*CKING FOR REAL.
THERE IS NO MYSTIC, LEGEND OR MYSTERY. HE IS JUST A F*CKING REAL LIVE JIU-JITSU WAR MACHINE MONSTER THAT BRINGS GAME YOU CANNOT COMPREHEND. UNLESS YOU HAVE EXPERIENCED IT YOU WILL NEVER KNOW AND MANY DON’T EVEN HAVE THE KNOWLEDGE TO KNOW HOW BAD
HE IS WHEN THE SESSION IS GOING DOWN BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT EVEN GOOD ENOUGH TO RECOGNIZE THE DOMINANCE THAT IS TAKING PLACE.
Check me out on OTM or Sherdog. I am legit and this motherf*cker is off the fucking charts. What Paulo said doesn’t surprise
me in the least.
I don’t mean to rant and I jock ride no man ever. I rarely ever post on this website or any other. I am just dropping a piece
of knowledge that I possess so the masses know that my experience was felt and my life was changed by a guy that felt
inhuman to roll with.
Jean Jacques Machado speaks on years of experience training with Rickson Gracie. He was Rickson Gracie’s student from back in the days, from the time he trained under him in Brazil until when he moved to the USA in the 80’s.
Machado was promoted to coral belt by Rickson a few years back and he received some criticism because he apparently didn’t qualify for the coral belt from the required number of years training:
Machado would go on to say about Rickson:
‘After Training With Rickson Gracie, You Don’t Do Jiu-Jitsu, You Feel Jiu-Jitsu’.
The same was said by Henry Akins, the third American to receive a Brazilian Jiu-jitsu black belt Rickson Gracie. Akins trained under Rickson Gracie for 15 years. Akins became the head instructor or “Professor” at the Rickson Gracie Academy from 2005 to 2008 before resigning due to a back injury.
Akins has recently released an instructional website called Hidden Jiu-Jitsu where for the first time ever, he reveals the secret details that nobody outside of the Gracie family has been taught.
Akins on Rickson’s ability to cover all weaknesses in his game:
I once asked Rickson, what he felt was the weakest part of his game and it wasn’t so much his answer that surprised me but his explanation that made a tremendous impact in how I still train myself to this day.
He told me he has no weaknesses in his game, he’s trained all the weaknesses out so that anywhere the fight goes he’s comfortable. He explained to me anytime he felt like one area of his game was weaker than the others he would work on it until he felt completely comfortable there.
He went on in detail on the Joe Rogan podcast explaining about Rickson’s greatness and what sets him apart from the rest: