The journey from samurai to athlete; the acceptance of jujitsul; positional superiority; initial attack; locking up; taking the fight to the ground; dominance and submission; the element of surprise; action reaction; street smart jujitsu; the modern warrior.
One of the most successful and active members of the
world-famous Gracie clan, Renzo Gracie has spent almost 30 years
training in Brazilian jujitsu. Competing at the highest levels of
mixed martial arts (MMA), grappling, and no-holds-barred (NHB)
events, he has won the Brazilian jujitsu national title twice, the
World Combat Championships (MMA event), and the martial arts
reality series superfight. He is also a two-time winner of the
world submission grappling championship (held annually in Abu
Dhabi) and a multiple winner in Japan's premier MMA venue, PRIDE.
Gracie has instructed many current UFC competitors and students who
have gone on to become world Brazilian jujitsu champions, PRIDE
champions, and Pan American Games champions. His New York City
academy is one of the largest and most popular in the United
States. Gracie continues to teach, train, and compete throughout
the world. He resides in New York City.An instructor at the Gracie
school of Jujitsu in New York, John Danaher has been Renzo's
training partner for several years. He holds a PhD from Columbia
University and has written another book, Brazilian Jujitsu: Theory
and Technique, with Renzo and his cousin Royler Gracie. Danaher has
the distinction of being involved with the highest authorities in
the sport and the formal writing skills to convey it. He resides in
New York City.