An Instructor's Mission by Rickson Gracie
Back in 1996, Rickson Gracie of the famous Gracie Jiu Jitsu family taught a seminar in Chicago Il. I had the pleasure of being there. It was my first in person experience in that art. After watching the first few UFC's, like many people, I became very interested in Gracie Jiu Jitsu, so when I had the chance to go to a seminar I jumped at it!
I still remember how I felt during the experience. Rickson was the real deal! It was a huge seminar. A gymnasium full of a few hundred guys. Rickson could have beat us all, yet, he was the humblest one there!
A long time ago, Rickson gave Graciemag a long, thorough interview about his career, ideas and philosophies. He spoke about the role of instructors and the essential mission of those responsible for teaching the art.
To Rickson, all that is learned at the gym, training, asking or teaching, can be carried over to life at large.
"That's when you understand the essential mission of the teacher," he added, "by realizing that the weakest person at the gym is also the one who needs help the most, and is the student whose life will be most gratifying to alter. Sometimes, in the midst of all our wealth of information about jiu-jitsu, teachers bypass these moments of joy and only focus on teaching the guy to win championships and get tough — but our mission goes far beyond."
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