Professor Ryron Gracie is the grandson of Grandmaster Helio Gracie and one of the leading resources for self defense focused Jiu-Jitsu. He talks about the pros and cons of competing, how his family nurtured Jiu-Jitsu among the younger generation and more! Click “read more” for show notes! 


  • Growing up in the Gracie family
  • The value he places on his competitive accomplishments
  • The dynamic of great teachers and great competitors
  • Does competition push some people away from Jiu-Jitsu?
  • Training martial artists vs training fighters
  • How his family cultivated a passion for Jiu-Jitsu within the younger generation
  • How to properly encourage your child in Jiu-Jitsu
  • Considering the feelings of your students
  • Competing while his grandfather was watching
  • The special expectations Grandmaster Helio had of him
  • The 5 words Grandmaster Helio said to him that had great impact on his Jiu-Jitsu
  • Finding your definition of what Jiu-Jitsu is
  • Why he rolls like an 80 year old twice a week
  • Working with Law Enforcement
  • How much Jiu-Jitsu do you need to defend yourself against an untrained attacker?
  • Is a lack of adequate hand to hand training causing more police shootings?