Brian Kagen pick: “Grandmaster Helio Gracie’s final interview”

“The technique sometimes substitues strength. It’s difficult for someone to defeat me until today.”

Brian Kagen is an avid web researcher with a particular interest in martial arts. His training background includes both judo and aikido. He has contributed hundreds of article links over the years for AJ readers.

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  1. bruce baker says:

    There are many good quotes in this video, and if you think that strength and fearlessness will be the reward of your journey … you are as wrong as you are right. Your fearlessness will come because you learn how to control your fear, not get rid of it, and the strength of your body will come because your health will come from seeking a true morality to do right, and in turn your practice will add to that benefit.

    What always impresses me is that some of the greatest masters … seem to have very little physical strength, they are not mountains of muscle, nor are they full of themselves, they are humble generous giving souls.

    Eventually, another will come along and reteach the Gracie clan that it is not muscle and attitude that makes one a great fighter, but the one of humble generous giving nature whose technique teaches the world to become better human beings … but then .. as the child grows .. they learn the lessons and begin to realize what the grandfather was saying all those years ago.

    Ya know what I love about Gracie Jujitsu .. the simple phrase .. I am not better than anyone else .. which sometimes takes some people a lifetime to learn.

  2. As someone who has been training aikido in Brasil I wonder where the humility that Helio exemplified has gone…

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