In this episode, we are joined by Professor Pedro Valente Jr.. Topics include self defense, practical training methods, lessons learned from Grandmaster Helio and an in-depth history lesson in Jiu-Jitsu! Click “Read More” for show notes! 

  • His beginnings
  • His father
  • His time spent with Grandmaster Helio
  • Can courage be taught?
  • The relationships built in Jiu-Jitsu
  • Grandmaster Helio’s moral requirements to be a Black Belt
  • Rectitude
  • The 7-5-3 code
  • Grandmaster Helio’s “Japanese Soul”
  • Why he teaches private lesson in private rooms
  • A story of Grandmaster Helio that shows the value of a healthy lifestyle
  • Diet and discipline
  • Why Helio spent extra time with him to prepare him to move to the US
  • His early days teaching in Miami
  • The reception of Jiu-Jitsu in the US in the early days
  • The infamous “Judo club invasion” story
  • The importance of the early UFC’s and the Gracie Challenge
  • His new state of the art academy in Miami
  • The secret to the Valente brother’s success
  • Why academies fail
  • The origins of the Fighting Foundations program
  • Why he feels a structured curriculum is key to an academy’s success
  • In the age of the internet, is roadside visibility as important for academies as it once was?
  • Why academy owners shouldn’t focus on competing gyms and just focus on themselves
  • A Jiu-Jitsu history lesson
  • Did Jiu-Jitsu change that much when it arrived in Brazil?
  • Rivalry within the Gracie family
  • Why is Jiu-Jitsu still the best self defense system in modern times?
  • The value of competition
  • Realistically training self defense
  • Why your training must have consequences for failure
  • You will fight the way you train
  • Sport Jiu-Jitsu on the street
  • Jiu-Jitsu’s unique ability to end a fight without hurting your opponent
  • The interesting rank he currently wears and the story behind it
  • Jiu-Jitsu’s bad reputation in Brazil in the 90’s
  • Being in Royce’s corner at UFC 1 and again for his final fight in 2016
  • Working with Alistair Overeem and other MMA fighters
  • His desired legacy
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