Cesar Gracie Interview

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  1. Cash Bill 52

    Cash Bill 52 Brown Belt

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    From mmayou.com

    http://www.mmayou.com/interviews/37-fighters/85-cesar-gracie

    -MMAYOU.com

    Cesar Gracie
    MMAYOU.com: Thank you Cesar for talking to us at MMAYOU.COM.

    MMAYOU.com: Would you like to rematch Frank Shamrock? If you did fight again, what would be your strategy?

    Cesar: I think every fighter would want to get another crack at a fight he lost. Get it to the ground and don't strike with a striker.

    MMAYOU.com: The Machado brothers were your BJJ teachers for a time. What influence did they have on your game?

    Cesar: The Machados lived at my house for some time. I actually started them in the US and learned some good fundamentals from them. Later I also trained at Rickson's and that helped to influence what I teach today.

    MMAYOU.com: If your student Jake Shields ends up fighting GSP, Matt Hughes, and BJ Penn one day, how do you see these fights going?

    Cesar: Jake Shields has the skills to defeat any welterweight in the world. Obviously styles make fights but I believe he matches up well with the 3 fighters mentioned. Hughes is past his prime and Jake is at his prime. I don't see Matt making it through the 2nd round without being overwhelmed and submitted. BJ Penn would have to defeat Jake in the first or he would gas and be submitted. I think BJ is the more gifted fighter but Jake's pressure game and cardio would be the deciding factor. ST. Pierre would pose the toughest challenge. He has quicker hands and is the more explosive wrestler. On the ground St Pierre would be outmatched by Shields. Remember St Pierre was submitted by a guy that Shields later submitted in the same tournament. This would be a great fight.

    MMAYOU.com: Who has had the biggest influence on you as a BJJ teacher and fighter?

    Cesar: Rolls Gracie was a childhood hero. Later, Renzo's positive attitude and toughness was an inspiration to me.

    MMAYOU.com: What strategy is needed to defeat Fedor?

    Cesar: Fedor could be defeated by a wrestler that can take him down and pound him while having the grappling skills to avoid submissions. Watch the fight against Arona for a game plan.

    MMAYOU.com: Many people in the Gracie family, such as yourself and Roger, take the Gracie last name although their fathers have different last names. Why is this?

    Cesar: In Brazil it's common to also use your mothers maiden name. My parents were separated shortly after I was born and I was raised exclusively by the Gracie side of my family so it was also natural for me to only go by the Gracie name.

    MMAYOU.com: Who are the top five all time no holds barred fighters in the Gracie family?

    Cesar: Carlson, Renzo, Carlos, Rickson, Royce.

    MMAYOU.com: Who was the creator of Gracie Jiu Jitsu, Carlos or Helio?

    Cesar: Carlos was the founder of Gracie Jiu-jitsu. He was Helio's teacher and mentor. In Brazil this is common knowledge. When Helio's son Rorion came to America he tried to re-invent history for his own agenda. What Gracie Jiu-jitsu is today is a result of many Gracies such as Rolls, Rickson, Renzo, myself, etc.. Carlos was always refining the techniques so we have followed in his footsteps.

    MMAYOU.com: Is there anything you would like to add?

    Cesar: Just to express my desire that jiu-jitsu should be enjoyed by people of all ages to appreciate the art and the friendships it helps to create and not to be misused by thugs and bullies.
     
  2. _Whitey_

    _Whitey_ White Belt

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    interesting, good interview
     
  3. Cash Bill 52

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    Yeah. A little politics, some history, name clarification. Plus we got a lot of people pissed on the heavyweight forum. All in all a good interview...

    I'm glad he mentioned Rolls. He brings his name up a lot when teaching.
     
  4. YeahBee

    YeahBee Samdog Original Nine

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    I liekd that part alot

    it should be stressed by more people (in all grappling areas sports)
     
  5. Slithers

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    Cool.

    I am a fan of Cesar's. You and montanha make it sound like paradise training up there. Thanks.
     
  6. Cash Bill 52

    Cash Bill 52 Brown Belt

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    I liked that part too. Some people come in as bullies. They either change or quit. As it should be.
     
  7. Cash Bill 52

    Cash Bill 52 Brown Belt

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    I consider myself very lucky. It's like a family. Sometimes there are issues but you couldn't imagine leaving. We are still evolving.
     
  8. -Montanha-

    -Montanha- Blue Belt

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    That caught my eye as well. I love to train and would wherever it was offered. But the extra perk has been the family bond at our academy. Cesar is a lot of things, but mostly a friendly guy and always loves to have people around and doing things as a group. My daughter, her kids and I are regulars at Cesar's Mom's for most every holiday. The trust it takes with training partners really is a good foundation to making great friendships. I have been training so long that most of my friends are jiu-jitsu friends that has extended to work and fun, not just academy stuff.

    Its a great life and culture.
     
  9. -Montanha-

    -Montanha- Blue Belt

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    Who gives a crap what those knotheads think, nobody likes our academy till they visit. We and our fighters talk too much shit or say it the wrong way for them. But consider a top camp that does not recruit and home grows all their own champs, were pretty hard to beat, even loosing guys like Camerillo and Penn, still pretty competitive here.


    I am used to nobody liking us from the first California tournaments, WTF. People just need to drop in and visit...................great place to train!
     
  10. Cash Bill 52

    Cash Bill 52 Brown Belt

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    You mean there are some people who don't like us?

    What I like is that not only do we have great fighters, we also have every race, creed, and color at our academy. You train with some guy for 6 months and you find out he's a Harvard grad and a bank president. You're like, "Damn!"

    We have 260 lb white belts who have like 8 pro fights. I was rolling with Big T. His jiu jitsu is getting better. If he keeps going he will be one scary dude.

    {...and now a shameless plug for one of our fighters....} Big T is on the right>>>

    <a href="http://s142.photobucket.com/albums/r112/bhotter1967/?action=view&current=m_a5563aa9089635dae3f74b8fd7b6ee8f.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r112/bhotter1967/m_a5563aa9089635dae3f74b8fd7b6ee8f.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>

    I think Montanha knows the other guy.

    One last thing is Montanha. I am and will always be a student of his...
     
  11. -Montanha-

    -Montanha- Blue Belt

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    My son had a blast doing security with Terroll.

    No body likes us, LOL, evident by just us talking on this thread Bill.

    Now start a Eddie Bravo thread and every knothead will get in line to fluff em.
     
  12. Cash Bill 52

    Cash Bill 52 Brown Belt

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    Eddie Bravo...lol...

    I remember when Nino Schembri was our assistant instructor. I like the old saying "There's no limit to how successful you can be as long as you don't mind who gets the credit."

    Did you know that Benjamin Franklin invented the lightening rod but purposely did not patent it? He just wanted everyone to have access to the important technology. I think there's enough money for everyone in this sport if you can last.

    As far as people not liking us, I'm sure some would trade positions with us...

    ...Stuart Smalley voice...It's ok if people don't like us. We're fine just the way we are.
     
  13. WCLegend90

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    *wow strong thread turned into 1 on 1 convo

    ahaha

    great interview.
     
  14. ShanghaiBJJ

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    Let me chime in. I didn't know much about Cesar, as he has always been on the downlow in the media.

    Just recently when his fighters were coming up, I read more about him.

    Just how you 2 guys contribute to this forum, despite all the knuckleheads, is a testiment to a great teacher and academy atmosphere.

    Glad to have you on board.
     
  15. -Montanha-

    -Montanha- Blue Belt

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    ShanghaiBJJ, you always have kind words, thanks.

    I like your sig.
     
  16. killer_kicks88

    killer_kicks88 Green Belt

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    I've always wanted to train under him...it would be a dream, too bad cali's so dang expensive...you guys have it made!
     
  17. anaconda

    anaconda Full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

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    How is Caesar with drop ins?

    I have a cali trip planned and of all the schools in california, I would love to train with you guys the most.
     
  18. -Montanha-

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    We love "Drop-ins", you will have fun!
     
  19. -Montanha-

    -Montanha- Blue Belt

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    When I say no one likes us I mean Refs at tourneys, The Media, Eddie Nuthuggers and book and DVD buyers.

    But once you train with us your hooked for life.
     
  20. anaconda

    anaconda Full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

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    Cool man thats great.

    I'm not a fan of schools that dont allow people to visit and train. I think its a little arrogant tbh. I can understand charging a "mat fee" if they feel its necessary (even though I wouldnt) but telling people they cant stop by and train is pretty ghey.
     

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