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Rickson Gracie-The Pinnacle Of Being A Warrior

At the dawn of combat sports, there was one name that stood above the rest: Gracie. Known in Brazil for their wonderful artistic ground based submission grappling, Helio Gracie and his sons began a journey into the dark oblivion when UFC 1, and Mixed Martial Arts, were put on center stage in the United States.

UFC 1 would be the start of a revolution, even if it was a revolution that would not be acknowledged a decade later when Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar waged war.

However, that night, one man reigned supreme over all; Royce Gracie. Show casing his marvelous skill called “Gracie Jiu Jitsu”, the scrawny Brazilian took the world by storm and didn’t look back.
The rest is history.

Yet and still, one thing many people were not aware of was the fact that Royce wasn’t the first choice to represent the Gracie family at UFC 1.

Rickson Gracie-The Warrior In The Ring

The man who was supposed to represent the family Gracie in the cage that night was the much larger, stronger Rickson Gracie. Rickson, the half-brother of Royce, was built like an 18-wheeler, and fought like it as well.

While he isn’t known for his fighting skills, Rickson still made a good living off of them. In his 11 career bouts, Rickson won all of them, going perfect throughout his career. Despite being a strong, imposing figure, Rickson lived up to his family namesake and won all of his fights by way of submission.

A truly dangerous grappler, Rickson would make his name known for his fighting skills, despite not being an MMA fighter at heart. He was known greatly for something much, much more impressive.

Rickson Gracie-The Warrior On The Mat

While Rickson is a dangerous man with gloves on, he is even more dangerous without them. A known grappler, Rickson is the son of the iconic Jiu Jitsu figurehead, Helio Gracie.
Legend has it that Rickson—between his BJJ, MMA, Sambo, Vale Tudo, etc. fights—has a compiled record of 400 wins and zero losses.

While it can be disputed if it is true or not, it only adds to the long laundry list of what Rickson Gracie is known for. If there is one man that could go a potential 400-0, it’s him.
Not only is Rickson an outstanding grappler, he has the hardware to prove it. Many people celebrate the fact that they are a black belt, whereas Rickson? Well, he’s a black belt in Judo…and an 8th degree black belt in Jiu Jitsu!


Rickson Gracie, simply put, is a mainstay in the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu community. He has made an impact that can never be ignored, not overlooked by his peers. He is truly a legend in the sport and the culture.

Dan Faggella

BJJ: Then & Now

Through The Eyes of Rickson Gracie
About the Author

Dan Faggella is a BJJ Academy Owner, No Gi Pan Am Champion at 130 pounds, and recognized expert in the area of  modern game Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Dan writes for Jiu Jitsu Magazine, Jiu Jitsu Style, MMA Sports Mag, and more – find more of his Modern Game articles and resources at ScienceofSkill.com/Resources

Once in a while I’ll stumble upon a YouTube video that makes me high-five myself for finding.  There are some seriously amazing videos just waiting to be viewed, as long as you know where to look for them.  Luckily for myself, I found one of these videos when I began a YouTube rampage while looking up videos of the legendary Rickson Gracie.

A man that helped make Jiu Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts what they are today—and, at times, a character of critical judgment regarding the governing of the sport—Rickson is a goldmine of outstanding information and insight on the sport.

I was lucky enough to stumble upon an interview that Rickson did recently, where he dived in head first to various topics regarding the world of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Changes In The Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Landscape

For a man that has seen it all and done it all, Rickson offered some valuable insight when asked about the changes the sport has undertaken in the past few years.

“It’s an ongoing evolution,” Rickson states.  Known to knock the modernized rules of Jiu Jitsu, Gracie also notes how the grapplers’ mindset has changed.

“ People prefer to win by advantage,” Rickson says.  “Rather than taking a risk and going for the submission.”

With that in mind, he’s also quick to note how talented the grapplers of today are.
“The Jiu Jitsu doesn’t change, but the rules and perspectives of the fights change.”

Grapplers That Impress Rickson Gracie

The three names that Rickson was quick to list as grapplers that impress him were that of The Mendes Brothers and Marcelo Garcia.  Impressed with not only their talents, he was amazed by their willingness to take on elite grapplers.

“The competition is pushing the level up.”

As The Sport Evolves, Does The Gracie Family Too?

The interviewer was curious as to how Rickson felt about the role of the Gracie family and their roll in the sport given it’s expansion of the years.  Rickson, humble in his approach, simply feels things haven’t changed for he and his namesake.

“I think we play the same role,” Rickson says, “and spread the word of Jiu Jitsu all over the world.”
For someone who has spent his entire life dedicated to the sport of Jiu Jitsu, Rickson made it very clear as to what one must do in order to become the best grappler they can be.  It’s not just about dedication and practice, it goes deeper than that.

“It’s a life compromise,” Gracie states.

And it is.  No matter what it is in life you wish to accomplish, you must throw yourself fully into it.  Rickson Gracie is the prime example of that.

Dan Faggella

Are BJJ Rules Taking Away From Talent?

Rickson Gracie Speaks On The Pitfalls Of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Rules & Regulations

In our daily activities, there are rules and restrictions placed upon us and our actions, whether we like it or not.  Normally, rules are for the better, keeping things regulate and functional so we can go about our day in the smoothest manner possible.

Sure, they are needed in some capacity, but it’s always a little more fun to break the rules.  Don’t they say, “rules are meant to be broken”?

When it comes to sports, they are necessarily evil, as they keep order and prevent the event from spiraling out of control.  However, they can leave some fans and onlookers with a sour taste in their mouth.
One of those men is the iconic Rickson Gracie.  Back in 2009, while at the 2009 World Championships supporting his son, Kron, Rickson was asked about the event and the action he was watching.
His answer—albeit brief—spoke volumes on how he feels Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is handled.

Are Rules Taking Away From The Talent?

While this wasn’t something that Rickson flat out stated, it was slightly hinted at when he began discussing the topic of the rules in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.  Rickson was quick to praise the talent in attendance that day, saying that the grapplers are all very, very talented.
However, he feels that the way the rules are structured, they take away from the skills of these grapplers.

Rickson seemed upset that the way the rules are organized, seemingly promotes and encourages stalling from grapplers, thus making the match uneventful, and neglecting true skills to be displayed.  It’s an understandably irritating vibe Rickson puts off when discussing it.

“Sometimes,” Gracie proclaims, “the fightes get too slow.”

The Constricting Nature of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Rules

In a sport where things can go from bad-to-worse-to-terrible in a matter of a inch, rules are justifiably needed to withhold the safety for the competitors.  However, given the danger of the sport, sometimes the rules may go a little further than they have to when it comes to protecting the grapplers and governing the safety of the fighters.

Rickson is quick to note how sometimes the rules can be overbearing, and take away from not just the match and the grapplers, but the sport of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu as well.

“It doesn’t promote movement,” Gracie explains.  “Or the perfect purpose of Jiu Jitsu.”
To many, the sport is something that is poetic and beautiful to watch when it’s in action.  Grapplers are a rare breed, and their skills are unmatched.  When the rules get thrown into play, and people exploit them in order to stall and delay action, is when Brazilian Jiu Jitsu takes a hit.
No matter your opinion on how they are governing the sport, rules are needed for Jiu Jitsu to flourish.

Dan Faggella

Rickson Gracie – Undefeated Champion

“The most important thing is not victory…The most important thing is not being defeated.” – Rickson Gracie

Rickson Gracie: Citizen of Humanity


Rickson Gracie-The Warrior From Within

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts fans alike can all agree upon one thing; the Gracie family changed our lives forever.  With a rich history, rooted in lure, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for the longest time was a sport tucked away in Brazil, hidden from the masses.

Until UFC 1, when Royce Gracie made BJJ known to the world, no one knew what it really was.  From then, the world of combat sports changed.  However, Royce wasn’t the only Gracie member changing the sport for the better.

Royce’s half brother, Rickson, has had just as big an impact on the sport as Royce has.  Rickson, who at 5’10” seems much larger than his measurements suggest, has accomplished a lifetime of accolades on the mat and in the ring – here’s his full record on wikipedia

However, now in his 50’s, Rickson can look back on his career and accomplishments with great fondness.

“Courage Is Essential For The Warrior.”

With all the skills in the world, and poor mental preparation, you are simply nothing but a target.  Being able to pump your chest out and claim to be the best holds no weight if you don’t have the belief in yourself.

This was a point Rickson states make a warrior, in fact—as you can tell from the above quote—it’s essential for the warrior to possess courage.

However, courage is frivolous if one does not have inspiration to draw from.  For Rickson, a man known for snapping limbs and punching faces, he finds his inspiration from the world around him.  Nature, art, music, it all influences him and his decisions.

Success is normally something we set on ourselves.  If we don’t have a chance to meet our goals, then it’s deemed a failure.  Yet, Rickson does not view his success in such a black-and-white manner.  “I never expect much,” Gracie admits, “I obey my heart.”

“The Journey Should Be Based On Passion.”

How many times have you been told to do what you love?  Find something that drives you and run with it!  Ah yes, the typical rah-rah speech we here every day.  However, for Rickson, it’s more than just a motivational tactic; it’s a way of life.

“If you love what you do,” Rickson explains, “you’ll be able to overcome any obstacle.”
It’s clear that Rickson found what he love as a child, and ran with it.  To him, Martial Arts brings peace to his being, it gives him fulfillment.

From the mat to the ring, Rickson Gracie is a staple in the combat sporting world, and has made his presence felt.  When you look up “warrior” in the dictionary, expect a picture of Rickson Gracie’s face to be right there staring at you.

Dan Faggella

Dan Faggella is a BJJ Pan Am Champion, Expert Analyst and Writer. You can read more about his match breakdowns, technique and training strategy at ScienceofSkill.com

Rickson Gracie and Rafael Lovato JR: The Comprehensive Analysis

A lot of people talk about the top game in BJJ. That grinding, crushing, and life sucking game makes people just want to quit. One of the best players with this style in modern jiu jitsu is Rafael Lovato JR. Rickson Gracie though is considered to be the best of all time at this style. Today we will us statistics and videos to analyze their respective games.

 The cut and dry

Rickson Gracie is an 8th degree red ad black belt in Gracie Jiu Jitsu and he also is a black belt in Judo. He is also competed mixed martial arts where

in his 11 profesional bouts he won every time by submission. But in straight grappling tournaments he has a very distinctive gameplan. For more about his MMA career check this out!

Rickson starts the match either by aggressivly pulling guard or going for a takedown and ending up in top position. He is well know for his takedowns and guard pulls that seem to flawlessly work. From here he will pass to side control, pass to mount, and consalidate the position. He is known for that strong, tough, gritty, grindy top pressure game. Once he gets the mount he goes for an armbar, collar choke, or to take the back and finish with a rear naked or collar choke. His game is very cut and dry and everyone knows what is coming. Rickson is a true believer in maintaining a strong position and then getting the submission.

American Excellence

Rafael Lovato Jr is the most succesful American Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practicionar. He is a black belt under Saulo Ribeiro and was the second American to win the Brazilian National Jiu Jitsu Competition. He is also a two time black belt world champion. For more on his career history check out this article!

Statistics show how versatile Lovato Jr fights. This statistical breakdown was done watching his IBJJF matches in his own weight class from the years 2009-2013. 6 out of 10 of his sweeps came all from different positions. In his victories he only gets a submission 40% of the time and 100% of those subs come from the full mount. 69% of his matches his opponent pulled guard on him. 57% of his passes ended in mount rather than side control. His average match length was 8.50 minutes.

 The Breakdown

So what can we take out of this? Lovato Jr has by far the most diverse and sucessful guard in BJJ. He can hit almost any sub or sweep from

Rickson is one of the most decorated martial artists in the world

Rickson is one of the most decorated martial artists in the world

any type of guard. One thing this study showed is he only uses two diffrent passes for when he gets stuck in the half guard. He isn’t succesful at guard pulls and will let his opponent take the first points. He only scored the first points in 60% of his matches won. Statistically in BJJ the grappler who

scores the first points will win the match. Once he’s on top he like to crush his opponent in to submission and has made people tap to his pressure alone.

So what’s the real difference between the two? Lovato Jr feels comfertable on his back with his many diverse guards while Rickson prefers to be on top. Rickson has strong takedowns and guard pulls when Lovato doesn’t. Both of them like getting submissions from a consalidated full mount.

As we saw today both of the fighters have their similarities and differences that we all can learn from

Dan Faggella

BJJ Analysis: Rickson’s Game vs. Buchecha’s Game

Rickson after a seminar.

Rickson after a seminar.

Buchecha’s style of Jiu Jitsu utilizes pulling guard to create a scramble towards either a takedown or top position.  Using very fluid, fast, and explosive movements he moves like a lightweight competitor.  While he does use his unorthodox sweeps to obtain back mount, he uses sweeps from deep half to create opportunities to attack the legs with knee bars and foot locks.

Rickson’s style of Jiu Jitsu primarily centers around a takedown to achieve dominant. He especially favors utilizing ko soto gari or an outside trip to take his opponents to the mat.  This particular throw enables Rickson to continuously land in either mount or a loose top half guard where he can quickly and easily transition into mount.  Rickson style is a huge proponent for the position before submission approach.

While not as glamorous as Buchecha’s style of play, Rickson’s approach to completing a takedown and passing guard to a dominant position for the submission cannot be argued against.  The extreme pressure he utilizes and maintains while in a top position promises that his opponent on the bottom is forced to be on the defensive and in most cases quite unable to mount any sort of serious threat of attack.  From these positions Rickson is able to wear his opponent out and take his time to move to the next sequence of attack and position in order to execute a submission. His philosophy, also – is very much about “being yourself” in Jiu Jitsu – and judging from his 2011 interview with BJJ Hacks, it’s likely that his philosophy of “style” is something that he sees as maybe not “better” or “worse,” but his own.

Buchecha actually prefers to create opportunity through creating scrambles where he can then find a position for submission.  Due to his affinity towards leg locks, Buchecha does not necessarily always push for a top position to execute a submission. In fact in many instances he actually begins an attack in a bottom position of either the inverted guard or especially the deep half guard to come up with a leg lock.

How Points and Rules Might Play a Part

"Buchecha" in Competition

“Buchecha” in Competition

Perhaps a major component to the difference of both Rickson and Buchecha and their prospective styles of Jiu Jitsu comes from competition itself.  With more people than ever today competing in Jiu Jitsu there has been a major leap in learning new techniques and variations of submissions and sweeps in order for individuals to progress and win. These advances, one could argue, would most notably have been seen in not just players advancing to certain positions but to counter and protect from their opponents advancing to certain positions.

Rickson Gracie preferred to obtain top positions to attack for submissions. This approach to winning in BJJ is wonderful.  Within sport Jiu Jitsu the penalty for giving up side mount is 3 points against you.  For giving up mount or back mount your opponent gains 4 points.  If a sweep from bottom is worth only 2 points and a takedown is also only worth 2 points, then it is more advantageous to secure a top position in order to garner the most amount of points.  This bodes very well for Rickson’s style of play.

However, for lightweight grapplers against larger or stronger grapplers this type of reward system does not necessarily work in their favor.  A lighter or weaker grappler may usually find themselves in a bottom position against a larger one, and maintaining a top position on a stronger opponent is certainly more difficult to do so than vice versa. So, lighter grapplers needed to find a way to utilize sweeps from different positions on the bottom in order to create situations for either immediate submissions or taking back mount in order to win against heavier grapplers.  And they certainly needed to find a way to prevent the passing of their guard in order to not give up the large points awarded to top positions in competition. Many people who’ve seen Almeida’s “Total Control” BJJ DVD series have commented on his half guard and leg locks as a game very much belonging to lighter fighters – but we see him executing them against other bigger opponents without trouble.

Lightweight vs. Heavyweight BJJ “Styles”

While both Rickson and Buchecha are heavyweight BJJ competitors, it is important to understand why the recent lightweight style of game play is important to the style of heavyweight competition.  Buchecha utilizes many lightweight styled moves such as the inverted guard and deep half guard sweeps for example.  Buchecha does not have to utilize this approach due to his size or strength, but more so because heavyweight competitors have become extremely versed in preventing the passing of their guards and giving up a top position due to the underlying point system installed in competition.

Therefore we can see that the style of Jiu Jitsu is moving more towards the style of Buchecha as opposed to Rickson’s not due to the lack of attention to basics, but in large part due to the fact that in today’s competitive BJJ, competitors are much more versed in the basics then previous.  In order to bypass today’s competitors’ defenses, more and more top level players are utilizing other techniques to secure passes, positions, and submissions.

The dynamic of the future of heavyweight BJJ is yet to be seen, but there seems to be hints that it looks more like Buchecha than Roger, more like lightweight style than what was once heavyweight style. Is this all a fad, a phase – just another cycle that the game will go through? Only time will tell – and with the world championships right around the corner, we’ll get to see a clash of styles firsthand.

With eyes on the future of our sport,


PS: Anyone interested in Buchecha’s DVD series can get a sneak peak of the course here.

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A Gold Medal Pan Am Champion, Dan Faggella is reknowned for his unique “Inverted” techniques in the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu world.  He has produced over a dozen Brazilian Jiu Jitsu DVD Instructional Videos & Books – and his FREE “Berimobolo DVD” can be found online at: http://microbjj.com/berimbolo

Jiu Jitsu Old and New – Is Anything “New” Under the Sun?

It was King Solomon himself who said “There is nothing new under the sun.”

The phrase is abused in the BJJ world – and essentially it’s intended to mean “Everything is a recurring pattern, no new patterns truly evolve.”

In the modern era of BJJ, plenty of people see the “New” guards, combinations, and variations and claim that they’ve never been done before, while others claim that they can’t possibly be new. My view is more towards the former, but I see both sides of the coin.

Rickson, Keenan, and Jiu Jitsu’s Future

I wanted to explore this idea with some footage of Rickson, and some footage of a “Modern” game player (arguably one of the most famous in the world at present): Keenan Cornelius.

Here’s some old Rickson footage featuring some techniques which we might legitimately say had NEVER been seen in MMA:

Rickson Highlight

At about 3:38 you see an insane cartwheel takedown reversal. I’ve never seen that in freestyle wrestling, nevermind MMA or BJJ. New? After that is probably the “variation” of the rear naked choke that Rickson is absolutely best known for: the Pin-Em-On-Their-Stomach-and-Trap-Both-Their-Arms-So-They-Can’t-Tap-and-You-Make-Em-Sleep variation. New?

Here’s an eye on what’s happening in the “Modern” BJJ world today – and the creative games being developed at present.

Keenan Cornelius 50-50 Armbar… New? 

The 50-50 guard… with an armbar?… New?

Maybe Ryan Hall did it first, I don’t know. Maybe some guy in the 1998 Brasilieros did it and didn’t even know what it was. In my opinion, this is a really tough call. Anyone looking to refer to this “new” stuff as a gimmick might want to see Keenan’s credentials, including his match vs. Rodolfo, recently featured on OTM.

Since all the noise about Keenan’s DVD, there’s more talk of the “who invented what” argument than we’ve seen in BJJ since Samuel Braga argued with the Mendes Bros about who invented the “Berimbolo.”

Settling the Score

prepare_judgement1The way I settle pretty much all these debates – old and new – is this:

There are probably always come new variations, details, strategies, and even techniques being developed daily in the BJJ world (like in any alive and developing field). Some we know about, some we don’t. Many are modeled after past moves, and many look like past moves even though the practitioner had no knowledge of those past moves.

What matters is that the game develops, and new, interesting, and fruitful variations occur. Such is the definition of “evolution” in Biology. And thank goodness for that – because without it – we’d have a tough time doing all this BJJ stuff as amoebas.

The shame is when there’s too much bickering over who created what, and who get’s credit for what. I don’t know how much ego and pride should really be tied up in these debates, but I think that it’s fair that creators are respected as such – but not so much that we hold other creators back from “creating” off of these creations.

Rickson’s game – IMO – was instrumental in the creation of Roger, Royler, and many others. They in turn will pass it on. Keenan will do the same, and evolution will continue in BJJ. In twenty years I think we’ll have absolutely fascinating tweaks – and I’m excited to see it all first hand.





Rickson Gracie vs Yuki Nakai

Rickson Gracie vs Yuki Nakai

Vale Tudo Japan 1995


Yuki Nakai

Rickson, very interesting enough starts out the match fighting for writs control from the standing position. This is very dangerous because he is at high risk for strikes from this position. Almost looks like something Nick Diaz would do. He ties up with an underhook and grabs a leg for the takedown. After awhile he eventually passes Yuki’s open guard. So far the match is not very exciting at this point. He holds him in side control for awhile and throws a few punches, but nothing aggressive.

An interesting technique you do NOT see much of in today’s mixed martial art fights in how Rickson controls his opponent from side control. He grabs Yuki’s LEG. He switches back and forth from each one. Yuki had an under hook and this is what Rickson used to neutrilize that. He puts himself at risk for a reverse triangle here, but holds the position nicely.

Then he turns on the heat and takes an aggressive mount and start to reign punches on Yuki. He keeps his head touching the mat so he can not get rolled, with the other arm around Yuki’s neck. He holds this mount position for a while, using a lot of pressure and punches on Yuki.  Eventually Yuki rolls to escape the pressure and Rickson quickly takes his back and sinks in a DEEP rear naked choke. Rickson wins his 8th Pro match by submission, remaining undefeated.

-Coach Daniel Faggella

Dan Faggella is a BJJ Academy Owner, Brown Belt Pan Am Champion, and Respected Expert on Beating Bigger Opponents. In Addition to Writing for Jiu Jitsu Magazine, Jiu Jitsu Style, and Other Publications, Dan’s Free “Giant Killer” BJJ Videos and Resources can Be Found at www.MicroBJJ.com

Rickson Gracie vs. David Levicki

 Rickson Gracie VS David Levicki

Vale Tudo Japan 07-29-94


David Levicki

These bring me back to the old school days man! The first thing that stands out is David’s karate pants here!

Rickson is obviously not a “striker”. You can tell from his stand, how he moves, how he punches, and his sloppy low kicks. Rickson throws some garbage strikes to set up his grappling (as most grapplers did for the first decade and a half of the sport), but is not having success. David is definitely looking to knock Rickson’s block off with the barrage he throws as they exchange. It gets so wild in the first minute, they both fall out of the ring! (it was between the ropes). They even continue fighting OUTSIDE THE RING! Crazy! The ref has to peel them apart!

They start back up and this time Rickson starts throwing some decent round kicks to the legs. Eventually he gets in and gets both double under hooks here and takes David down. He lands straight into mount with a barrage of body shots. David is completely helpless on the floor as Rickson tees off on his body and head from mount. David obviously has no Ju-Jitsu training based on how he is moving. Classic MMA! David then final (what looks like) taps out from the punches! When the ref gives Dave ten seconds to stand up, he lays there like a beached whale, almost appearing to be “faking” he is knocked out. Regardless, Rickson dominated the match and got his fourth professional win. He used basic ju-jitsu positioning with what they call today “ground-n-pound” for the victory.

 -Coach Daniel Faggella

Dan Faggella is a BJJ Academy Owner, Brown Belt Pan Am Champion, and Respected Expert on Beating Bigger Opponents. In Addition to Writing for Jiu Jitsu Magazine, Jiu Jitsu Style, and Other Publications, Dan’s Free “Giant Killer” BJJ Videos and Resources can Be Found at www.MicroBJJ.com

Rickson Gracie VS Yoshihisa Yamamoto

Rickson Gracie VS Yoshihisa Yamamoto

 Vale Tudo Japan – 04-20-1995

Yoshihisa Yamamoto


This match goes for a long time compared to the rest of Rickson matches. It makes it to the third round! Yamamoto is an experienced wrestler and forced Rickson to test his fuel tank.

Yamamoto pushes the pace right from the bell ringing and goes to take Rickson down! Rickson quickly reverses it and gets a clinched in the corner with Yamamoto. Both men are working, throwing powerful knees and punches.

Rickson is putting “Dirty Boxing” on the map here in this match. He is a scrappy guy and is always working, throwing hard punches.

Then for about six minutes this match gets boring as they stay in the corner. The action slows down. Yamamoto digs for a standing gulitone choke, but Rickson is too deep to be choked. Rickson then MAN HANDLES Yamamoto and throws him over the top rope with 30 seconds to go in round 1! BAD ASS!


Rickson comes out with the classic Gracie stomp kick to the knee. Again they clinch and the match remains standing as they fight for position of their under hooks. At one point Yamamoto lands a guillotine choke again from standing, but can not finish it. Rickson keeps pressure on wrist and blocks the choke from sinking in deep. Yamamoto looks like he gases out from this one. Rickson eventually escapes. The rest of the round is boring and looks like the end of the first round. They are in the same corner fighting for position and throwing a few strikes.


Rickson comes out looking for wrist control from standing. Almost Nick Diaz-ish. They stay standing for awhile and then Rickson rushes in with double under hooks and take Tamamoto down and gets immediately to mount. This is a signature entry sequence for Rickson. Again, Yamamoto turns and Rickson takes his back and sinks in a deep rear naked choke. Yamamoto is belly down and does not tap! He goes to sleep and Rickson wins his 6th professional match.

-Coach Daniel Faggella

Dan Faggella is a BJJ Academy Owner, Brown Belt Pan Am Champion, and Respected Expert on Beating Bigger Opponents. In Addition to Writing for Jiu Jitsu Magazine, Jiu Jitsu Style, and Other Publications, Dan’s Free “Giant Killer” BJJ Videos and Resources can Be Found at www.MicroBJJ.com

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