Rickson earned the black belt from his father, Helio Gracie, at eighteen. For two decades, he reigned as Jiu-Jitsu's absolute champion. He moved to America in 1989 to help his brother Rorion establish their first Jiu-Jitsu academy in California. Gracie won Japan’s premier fighting tournament, the Japan Open Vale-Tudo, in 1994 and 1995, both times submitting three opponents in a single night. He returned to Japan to submit Nobuhiko Takada in 1997 and 1998, and Masakatsu Funaki in 2000. After retiring undefeated in 2006, Rickson focused on spreading the essence of Jiu-Jitsu, and he is currently the president of the Jiu-Jitsu Global Federation. Module 1 of Self.Defense.Unit marks his first time producing video lessons.
In this course, you will learn much more than just how to defend against aggression. You will understand what the best strategy is for dealing with a given situation, and how important timing is. You will see the importance of connecting with base, and where the best lever can be found for a given position.
In Module 1, you will find the first twenty techniques that Rickson teaches his students. He understands that familiarity and practice of this sequence are able to pave a solid route of personal evolution through BJJ. Defenses against the choke, headlock, collar grab and back grab, and the escape and control from the mount and from the back-take are demonstrated and explained with an unprecedented degree of simplicity. As are some classic finishes like the rear naked choke, the guillotine, the cross choke. The notion of distance, proper front-kick technique, the block and the clinch that made history in Japan are also explained.
In Module 2, you will find defenses against the punch, shove, headlock, collar grab, grab, choke, guillotine and tackle. Submissions like the triangle and the armlock, and essential positions like the mount elbow escape, knee-on-belly and hook sweep. For the first time, you will see techniques against stabbing, blunt weapons and threat with firearm.
In Module 3, Rickson teaches the standing guard pass, the kimura from guard, foot locks, armlocks and elbow locks from side control, the defense against the double nelson, and additional defenses against the headlock and the collar grab. How to defend against other types of attacks with blunt weapons, knives and firearms. How to escape side control with the elbow recovering guard, and how to escape the back-take with hooks.
Module 4 features more escapes from headlocks and defenses against the front choke against the wall, kicks and punches. Submissions like the kimura from side control, leg choke, cross choke, lapel choke and the neck crank. One classic sweep, the technical lift and strikes. And more defenses against blunt weapons, knives and firearms.
This module brings many submission techniques: choke and armlock from the mount, the nut-cracker, armlock from guard, kimura from the north-south, omoplata, neck crank from the back, armlock from side control, and guillotine. Two sweeps from the guard and the side control escape. And five defenses against weapons.