By Ryron Gracie…


When I was growing up, I remember my grandfather telling me, “I’d rather you make a mistake and get submitted than roll so hard that you can’t continue.”

What I took from this was that I was to never defeat myself.

No matter how badly I want to submit someone, sometimes I must slow down because if I continue at the pace I am at, I run the greatest risk of all: complete exhaustion.

The reason complete exhaustion is worse than being submitted is that submission is generally due to a simple technical error. However, when you reach complete exhaustion, it is a psychological/mindset error.

We should never reach the level of vulnerability that exists when you are so tired that you are begging your training partner to get off you, unable to continue rolling, or the worst, when you can’t stand up because you’re so exhausted.


It’s okay to train hard, but be very careful not to defeat yourself.

The desire to avoid inferior positions and the desire to submit your training partner may lead you to defeat. Learn how to pace yourself because the ability to outlast your opponent is a great technique in itself.

If you ever had the chance to ask the Grandmaster how he defeated all those giants, he would have said, “I never defeated my opponents, they defeated themselves.”

This is Principle 18, The Depletion Principle, in action. Draining your opponent’s physical and mental energy using targeted actions and connections.

I was fortunate to learn concepts like these from my grandfather. Rener and I wanted to share what we learned with the world, that’s why we came out with The 32 Principles.

But before diving into each Principle, there must be a change in our understanding of how to learn Jiu-Jitsu through Principles. That change in how to learn Jiu-Jitsu is Principle-Based Learning.

It’s the most important Jiu-Jitsu class that we’ve ever learned and taught. And it’s almost here. Tomorrow we’ll be launching The 32 Principles: Mini-Masterclass to the Jiu-Jitsu world.

Before, you’d only get access to this lesson by investing in The 32 Principles Complete Collection. Now, you’ll be able to enjoy the most important lesson we’ve ever released as a standalone purchase.

Whether you’re a student or a teacher, evolving to Principle-Based Learning is the single most important decision you’ll ever make on the mat, and that’s the fire we’re going to spark in this Mini-Masterclass.

It’s been mind-blowing for us to see how profoundly Principle-Based Learning has affected students around the world in so little time!

People always wonder what separates the “naturals” and the rest. It’s not their age, their rank or athleticism. It’s their natural gravitation towards the principles of jiu jitsu.

Not only do we prove this in The 32 Principles: Mini-Masterclass, we take it several steps further by teaching you exactly how to approach your relationship to jiu-jitsu to ensure you get the most out of the art.

And this is true even if you’ve never considered yourself a natural.

Keep an eye out for our email tomorrow and please let your Jiu-Jitsu friends know about Principle-Based Learning.

You have everything to gain, and nothing to lose.

— Ryron Gracie


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