Monday was THE most dreamlike days of my life. The only other day that could compare to hanging out with the legendary Rickson Gracie last Monday afternoon on Joe Rogan’s podcast was the night I hung out with and partied with my favorite singer of all time, Peter Murphy. But this was on an entirely different level. Peter Murphy is no super hero. He’s a skinny frail man who couldn’t hurt a flea. Incredible singer, the most enchanting voice ever, but he’s not a guy you would want in your clan if the earth was catapulted into a Mad Max end times existence. Rickson is a real life Conan the Barbarian, the king of strangulation and joint destruction. Rickson may not be able to sing, but no one that’s ever lived can compress a throat quite like him.
Getting to pick Rickson’s brain for 3 hours was unreal, unearthly, and without a doubt the most surreal moment in my entire Jiu Jitsu career.
I got to the studio before Joe but Rickson was already there. When I opened the front door I could see him sitting in the chair he did the podcast in. Jamie, the producer/engineer obviously let him in. As I walked in Rickson got up, we shook hands, I told him what an honor it was for me to be on the podcast with him. He congratulated me on my Metamoris match, and said that I used a good strategy in the match. I was blown away. To get props from Rickson was mind melting, I was in shock, like that little kid in that 70′s Coca Cola commercial when Mean Joe Green threw him his jersey. My eyes were like saucers.
Sitting there for 3 hours listening to him tell those old street fighting stories gave my brain the chills. This was a dream of mine ever since I began my Jiu Jitsu journey 20 years ago. I actually never thought it would actually come true, even in recent years. Rickson just seemed to yoda like, too mysterious, too out of reach, like getting to hang out with Mohammed Ali or Michael Jordan. Like that would ever happen, right? But BOOM! It happened, and all of a sudden Joe and I were having a conversation with this enigmatic martial arts icon.
And just like that 3 hours flashed by and it was over. I swear I could’ve gone 10 hours, EASILY. But it was over and it was time to go. As we were walking out of the studio into the front waiting room I thought to myself, maybe I could show him the rubber guard really quick?? Or maybe he’s in a hurry to get somewhere and he simply wouldn’t have enough time?? Fuck it I said, I’m gonna give it a shot. Getting to show Rickson what my students and I have been working on the last 10 years would be insane. I didn’t know how much time he would actually give me so I felt my pitch would have to be machine gun like, I had to make as many vital points as possible before he said, “I’d love to see more but I got to be somewhere”. So I rattled off my rubber guard speech faster than ever, like those disclaimers at the end of Nissan commercials. I was sweating, out of breath, while inside I was thinking “Is this really Rickson Graice inside my rubber guard or am I on 25 grams of Ecuadorian mushrooms?!?!” I am very confident about my Jiu Jitsu philosophy, plus I just hung out with him for 3 hours but I was still obviously a little nervous to be showing this Jiu Jitsu god some 10th Planet material. I just had to get all the rubber guard scenarios out before he left which could have been at any moment. It was like Eminem on a gallon of Cave Man coffee, no cream, black like Charlie Murphy’s anus but with no rhymes. I couldn’t help it, I just had to let him see what we’ve been working on the last 10 years, especially since he, Jean Jacques and Renzo were the catalyst to it all.
When it was all said and done, Rickson, Joe and I took some pictures and just like that, he left. Whether or not Rickson was impressed with the rubber guard, doesn’t really matter, it wasn’t about that anyways, it was about picking his brain, getting them old legendary stories straight from him, hearing his philosophies on modern Mma and listening to him break down life, honor, courage, conformity and spirituality. God bless Rickson.
Kill the flat on the back defensive butterfly guard.
35 is not old. He’s in amazing shape. He didn’t lose because his body is breaking down. He lost the way he did because of that strange strategy. The whole world was confused.
He should stay at 145, and fight a couple of mid level guys to get his confidence back and I truly believe, with the correct/proper training camps, he can still beat some of the best at 145.
And of course I would recommend an offensive clinching guard when on his back. Not one arm bar, Oma plata, Gogo plata, or triangle attempt by BJ. Vitor went after Jones off his back, Pettis went after Benson, Anderson went after Chael, even Tito went after Machida off his back, there’s no reason BJ can’t attack off his back.
Just my opinion, I’ve never done MMA so what do I know, I could be way off. These are just my thoughts, thank you for taking the time to read this
Listen to the very end, he rips off Red Foxx’s joke about how God fucked up by putting a snack bar right next to a shit house, in reference to vaginas and assholes
Thank God the whole galactic alignment thing actually happens every year, and not every 26,000 years like we thought. I really believed that shit. If Neil Degrasse Tyson says it happens every year then it must be true, hopefully.
But I hope this dude isn’t like that annoying Egyptologist that tries to debunk all of John Anthony West’s theories. Neil Degrasse Tyson is obviously WAY smarter than me but he does have a little cockiness about him that makes me a tiny bit suspicious, especially since he worked for George W Bush.
In 2001, President George W. Bush appointed Tyson to serve on the Commission on the Future of the United States Aerospace Industry and in 2004 to serve on the President’s Commission on Implementation of United States Space Exploration Policy, the latter better known as the “Moon, Mars, and Beyond” commission. Soon afterward he was awarded the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal, the highest civilian honor bestowed by NASA.
If cristiano fought Justin again in one month should he stand with him again and look for an opening to shoot like he did last night?
Or should he shoot deep and pull guard like Paul Sass does?
In my opinion, I think if they fought 10 times in the next 2 years, he still wouldn’t be able to stand with Justin and he still wouldn’t be able to take him down, IMO cristiano’s only hope is the Paul Sass solution, pull guard and attack from the bottom. Same thing goes if he fought Bendo, Maynard, Edgar, pettis, jim miller, Dunham. He would have to Sass all of them.
Cristiano isn’t the only fighter that has to seriously consider the Sass solution. Unless they have amazing striking, most Brazilian bjj’ers, are gonna have the to consider the Sass solution, there’s just too many damn wrestlers flooding into the UFC
10th Planet black belt, Scott “Einstien” Epstein, will start his work as the lead villian in Sony Pictures “Never Back Down 2″ tomorrow, September 27. I have been consulting with producer/director/star Michael Jai White (Spawn/Tyson/Black Dynamite) for the past 2 months on the script and will play the role of the ring announcer/DJ of the underground/illegal MMA event that the movie is based around. The “Compella and the Twister” song “I Did It For Jiu Jitsu” featuring Rakaa from the world renown hip hop group Dialated Peoples will be on the soundtrack and is currently slated as the theme song. Rakaa is a purple belt in Gracie jiu jitsu and is currently training under Ryron and Rener. I will fly to Baton Rouge next Monday for additional consulting and will begin filming my part at the end of October. All you Nibiru warriors out there are gonna trip on the rubber guard and twister that’s gonna make it’s way into the movie, crazy surreal shit to say the least.
I’ve always heard about John through my students Jason “Planet” Eisner and Eric Ramey who both trained at Renzo’s a couple years back, but I never even knew what he looked like until this season’s TUF. He has a reputation of being super crazy cool and is mainly known as a jiu jitsu genius, and guess what? I was not disappointed one bit. Joe Rogan and I hung out with him at Denny’s in Indy late last night hearing awesome stories about his jiu jitsu adventures. Hopefully I’ll get to pick his brain on the mat sometime soon and add some more legit nogi techniques to the 10th Planet system.