Rank #1: Rorian Gracie’s First Student: Richard Bressler
When Rorian Gracie first began teaching Gracie Jiu Jitsu in America, he encountered a young Richard Bressler. Through a series of fortunate events, Richard Bressler began training BJJ with Rorian Gracie before anyone else had the privilege. In the early days of the first “Gracie Garage”, Richard Bressler got to know the Gracie Family closely. Over the years, Bressler became the first person to receive a black-belt in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu directly from Rorian Gracie.
On this episode of the Charlie Vinch show, Richard Bressler shares his story. This tale of the martial arts lifestyle is inspiring and serves to document the early history of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu inside of America. In 2020, this martial art has developed a massive following. If you are a fan of BJJ, you will not want to miss this story from the earliest days of the sport inside of America.
Richard Bressler shared about what it was like to experience BJJ for the first time with the Gracie Family. He also discusses why he stayed with BJJ, his diet and lifestyle as an older practitioner, and how to implement Gracie Jiu Jitsu into your life on and off the mat.
Key takeaways: you don’t always need to be the strongest person on the mat.
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May 15 2020
Rank #2: Phil Migliarese Interview: Relson Gracie Jiu Jitsu
Phil MIgliarese is a sixth degree black belt under Relson Gracie. He’s the owner of Balance Studios in Philadelphia, PA. Creator of Yoga for Fighters, Phil Migliarese has always pioneered Yoga in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu as an essential part of BJJ strength and conditioning.
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On this episode of the Charlie Vinch show, Phil Migliarese shares his story of starting Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under the Relson Gracie lineage. As a kid, Phil Migliarese and his brother Ricardo trained Jiu Jitsu closely with the legendary Gracie family.
Participating in some of the early “Gracie in Action” videos gave the Migliarese brothers an early introduction to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. For years, Phil and his brother have been key evidence of the effectiveness of BJJ on-and-off the mats.
Watch this interview with Phil Migliarese and learn about:
Yoga in BJJ
Martial arts mindset
What it was like to train at the Gracie Academy in the early days!
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May 15 2020
Rank #3: BJJ Strength Training With Mark Disalvo
BJJ specific strength training is key to developing a top Brazilian jiu-jitsu game. BJJ strength and conditioning includes kettlebells, body weight training, yoga, movement drills, barbell training, and (of course) sparring on the mats. In this episode of the Charlie Vinch show, we are joined by Mark Disalvo, the top strength and conditioning coach of Marcelo Garcia. From Marcelo’s academy in New York city, Mark Disalvo has trained some of the best including Matheus Diniz and Marcos Tinoco
Strength and conditioning for martial arts is essential to understand to avoid injury and maximize performance. BJJ strength training must be performed in such a way as to optimize training-time while also still allowing for gains in muscle-mass.
Sport-specific BJJ strength training involves figuring out the appropriate sets and reps for your sport. On this show, Mark Disalvo discusses BJJ strength and conditioning and helps Jiu-jitsu athletes understand what they can implement from a champion’s lifestyle.
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May 15 2020
Rank #4: #7 - Henry Akins On Rickson Gracie And Hidden Jiu Jitsu
Henry Akins is regarded as one of Rickson Gracie's top students. For years, Henry has educated the world in the secrets of Gracie Jiu Jitsu. He has introduced the community to a new way of looking at BJJ that Henry called "Hidden Jiu Jitsu".
Inspired by Rickson Gracie's "Invisible Jiu Jitsu", the concepts developed by Henry Akins have timelessly proved effective on the mats. As a member of one of the best lineages in BJJ history, Henry Akins teaches a more detailed approach to the martial art.
In this episode of the show, Henry and Charlie talk about the fundamentals of Jiu Jitsu and why the detailed or "invisible" actions are often the most powerful. Henry shares the story of his introduction to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and why he chose to train with Rickson Gracie.
Key takeaways include the importance of detail, teacher training, and good instructors! It is essential to ensure you are learning only from the best. This show gives key insights into a modern Jiu Jitsu genius!
Applicable on and off the mats, a BJJ lifestyle helps a person hone their confidence and build strength in all aspects of life!
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May 22 2020
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Rank #5: #6 - Kroyler Gracie Interview
Kroyler Gracie is the grandson of Helio Gracie. As a nephew to Rickson, Relson, Royce, Rorian, and Royler Gracie, Kroyler was raised among some of the best Brazilian Jiu Jitsu teachers in the world.
On this episode of the Charlie Vinch show, we talk about the Gracie Family lineage and values. Kroyler shares what it was like to grow up inside of the Gracie family and experience difficult and detail-oriented training since he was a kid.
As an adult, Kroyler learned to adapt his Jiu Jitsu practice into a powerful mindset. On this show, we talk about happiness and how to maintain a positive attitude, even when the world seems to be falling apart.
Kroyler Gracie is an incredible teacher and Jiu Jitsu athlete. In this episode, Kroyler shares his experiences on the mats and helps us to understand how BJJ can influence us as a human being.
Jiu Jitsu is about unity and connected through a shared love for a martial art. Kroyler Gracie is a wonderful ambassador for this messsage.
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May 21 2020