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March 26, 2014

Blitz Magazine Interviews Rener Gracie

Rener was recently interviewed by Boon Mark Souphanh with Luke Beston for an Australian magazine. He answers a variety of questions, and has some insightful answers. One of the questions is below and the rest can be found answered by clicking here.

Q: How does your jiu-jitsu game compare to all your brothers? Do you have similar games? How much did you take from your father?

A: Mine and Ryron's games are very different. I learned from my father everything I possibly could the same way I took from Royce, and uncle Rickson and Royler and my Grandfather, I took from everyone. Jiu-jitsu is something that you steal. You train with people, you get choked, and then you find someone else to try those moves on.

With me and Ryron it had to be different; he's two years older so I had to play defence for 19 years, whereas he was on the offence. So in the end, my defence and bottom game evolved more than his, and his top game became stronger than mine. Over the last 10 years, however, our styles have really balanced out.


The full list of questions is below:

- What is it like to be one of the most recognisable jiu-jitsu practitioners in the world? Are you a jiu-jitsu celebrity?
- The Gracie Breakdown has become super popular on YouTube and you've even taken it to television. How did you and your brother Ryron come up with the concept?
- Your father was probably the first Brazilian to establish himself in the US as a jiu-jitsu instructor. What are your thoughts on the influx of Brazilians moving overseas to start their own academies?
- Do you think the quality of instruction improves or suffers as a result of the influx of new instructors?
- You perpetuate training jiu-jitsu with keep it playful mantra, could you please elaborate on what you mean by this?
- Some may argue that keeping it playful will not prepare you adequately in a street fight/self-defence situation. What is your response to this claim?
- You have created a number of programs such as Gracie Combatives, Gracie Bullyproof, Gracie Women's self-defence etc. How do you go about tailoring these different programs? - How would a kids BullyProof program differ from the Combatives syllabus for example?
- Your philosophies regarding the art seem to be very polarising within the greater jiu-jitsu community. Why do you think this is the case?
- Do you think the rule set used at [the Gracies'] Metamoris tournaments is the best for jiu-jitsu competitions? Will you be implementing any changes at Metamoris III?
- Recently, your uncle Royce recently came out criticising the new generation of Gracie fighters in MMA saying jiu-jitsu is enough to succeed in modern MMA. He blamed the decline of Gracie success in MMA to overtraining in other aspects of the game. What are your thoughts on this? Do you agree?
- Where do you see the art of jiu-jitsu in 20 years time?
- What do you and your brothers hope to achieve going forward?
- Training Tip: How to minimize damage from the closed guard on the street?
- Training Tip: Which submissions are most likely to succeed from the closed guard in self-defense situations?
- Click here to read the answers