Royce Gracie: Rener & Ryron Are Misrepresenting Jiu Jitsu
In the greatest of all fantasy worlds, anyone can become of Gracie Jiu Jitsu black belt simply by having money in a Paypal and an internet connection. They could teach others, and fight others with the knowledge that they have been trained like the best GJJ black belts in the world, without leaving their living rooms.
Now what if I told you this was real? This is a real thing. Welcome to Gracie University. This web university, run by Rener and Ryron Gracie, allows you to log on to their website and take Gracie Jiu Jitsu classes, learn techniques, and even earn belts and promotions, all online. Naturally, a few people are finding fault with this program, one of them being their uncle, Royce Gracie. Royce took to Instagram to vent his frustrations with this concept:
“With all due respect, our nephew’s curriculums and online programs are not a true representation of the teaching method, belt grading, and philosophy that we learned from our father, Grandmaster Helio Gracie. They have the right to modify our battle-tested jiu-jitsu system as they see fit, but we feel that it is our duty to ensure that our father’s name is not misrepresented. While videos, books and online resources may serve as supplements to jiu-jitsu practitioners, provenly, they can never, by any means, substitute live lessons in a qualified academy.”
He also shared on his account a statement from manager Mike Kogan:
“I wonder if Gracie Academy Students paying $200 know that all they need to get good at jiu-jitsu is to join online Gracie University. I find it ironic that worlds like Gracie and Online learning are somehow tied into worlds like Helio Gracie. It’s a shame when your own family changes the concepts of everything you stood for then uses your name and then is actually tying to convince the world that it’s better to learn from a screen then a person specially the art as complex and technical as jiujitsu. And on keepingitplayful. Helio Gracie has a saying “two men playing I smell blood” #ikeepithonest. @realroyce”
How do you feel about virtual Jiu Jitsu? Have you ever taken one of these courses, or do you think you would be interested?