Royce Gracie: ‘People that Walk into a BJJ School Wanting Self Defense are Guided To A Sport with a Point System’

Royce Gracie
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is growing all around the world. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as a sport is flourishing while the traditional Gracie Jiu-Jitsu for self defense is being kept alive by only a few dedicated instructors. Parts of the Gracie family are maintaining the tradition and not wanting to teach sport based techniques that don't have much use in a street fight.
Royce Gracie recently appeared on Submission Radio where he talked about his view of the current situation of traditional vs sport Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
“For example a BJJ school, the person doesn’t walk in thinking ‘Well I wanna learn BJJ so I can compete in ADCC. Or I’m gonna find out and learn BJJ Bazilian Jiu Jitsu so I can compete in Metamoris or Pan Ams,'” explained Gracie. “There is no such a thing. The person comes in because they heard that it’s some kind of self defense style, that they saw me fighting and they realized that ‘Man Royce fought some big guys and he was able to defeat them and defend himself. I wanna learn something like that....But then the instructor will guide them into a point system and teach them how to score points, and how to compete in tournaments. Yah, it bothers me that Martial Arts in general are becoming not martial arts, but martial sports.”
Royce goes on to compare BJJ’s evolution with Taekwondo:
“What’s ruining martial arts today is tournaments. Tournaments like point system tournaments. Like a Taekwondo for instance. Taekwondo wasn’t built to score points. It was built to hit and knock the person out, but then the tournaments now, they don’t even have to hit the opponents. If they get close enough they score the point. It’s teaching the fighters how not to hit somebody. It’s like people want to compete. No. People want do martial arts. They don’t do the martial art because they’re interested in competing. They look for martial arts because they want to learn some kind of self-defense.”
Check out Royce’s full interview with Submission Radio:



Who is Royce Gracie?

Royce Gracie with his father Helio Gracie R.I.P
Royce Gracie (born December 12, 1966) is a retired Brazilian professional mixed martial artist, a UFC Hall of Famer, and a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Red and Black Belt. He is considered by some to be the most influential figure in the history of modern MMA.
Royce gained fame for his domination in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He became known for beating opponents much larger than he was, and between 1993 and 1994, he was the tournament winner of UFC 1, UFC 2, UFC 4, and fought to a draw with Ken Shamrock in the championship match in the Superfight at UFC 5. 
Royce Gracie popularized Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and revolutionized mixed martial arts with his results contributing to the movement towards grappling and cross-training in the sport. He holds the most consecutive submission victories in UFC history with 11, which he earned between UFC 1 and UFC 4.

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