“It’s not who’s good, it’s who’s left.” ~Chris Haueter
Based on Rickson’s experience with holistic conditioning approaches of Yoga and Ginastica Natural, was somewhat surprised to hear the extent of his back issues in the now famous Joe Rogan podcast. As the interview wore on it was evident that Rickson was basically a solider who had to be willing to fight at any given moment, and his body suffered as you’d expect.
This was the mentality imported from Brazil to United States, and was part of the Jiu-Jitsu culture up until the late 1990s, diminishing as sport Jiu-Jitsu and MMA events took hold.
With Jiu-Jitsu now proven as an essential part of a combative toolbox, the next step is Jiu-Jitsu in my opinion is wellness. Here, the hyper-competitive, dog eat dog Darwinian landscape is diminished in favor of doing to Jiu-Jitsu to help our bodies age with intelligence and grace. The goal being sustainable growth born from wonderful experiences over a lifetime of training: