EP075: Jiu Jitsu, Mental Health and The Master’s Journey w/ Ryron Gracie

Ryron Gracie is the eldest grandson of Grand Master Helio Gracie, the creator of Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu aka BJJ. Their father, Rorion, was the original creator of the UFC. The exciting personalities and extraordinary skill of the Gracie family is stepped in modern martial arts lore.

Ryron and his brother Rener are credited with pioneering the first distance learning program for jiu jitsu students all over the world, Gracie University, which trains over 300,000 students every single month.

In this episode, Daniel and Ryron get to the essence of what it means to live life with the jiu jitsu mentality — and how that applies to physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. If you’re on the road to self-mastery, this episode is for you!

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  • (00:56) New Wave podcast updates! NWP Discord launch. New homepage. NWP dinner experience.
  • (05:55) Introduction to Ryron Gracie and the Gracie family
  • (08:44) The legacy of the Gracie family and influence of Jiu-Jitsu
  • (11:15) Taking the Jiu-Jitsu curriculum online: Gracie University
  • (16:17) Jiu-Jitsu is a bit like knowing a foreign language: it’s a medium of communication and creative expression
  • (19:06) Basic reasons to train: being comfortable in your own body, developing self-knowledge
  • (25:08) Impostor syndrome hits people at all skill levels
  • (29:25) How to keep a playful mentality even under pressure
  • (32:07) Running towards things that are not comfortable
  • (40:00) Achieving robust health through training
  • (49:29) It’s not always exciting to train, but you should do it anyway
  • (53:03) Ryron’s cold shower morning routine


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