Today was a day to cherish as I came face to face with Master Royler Gracie within the walls of the EKBJJ Academy for Jiu-Jitsu.
First impressions, i noted he was almost the same size and build as my Professor and incredibly easy going. The seminar itself was excellent and I felt that some crucial pieces of information was passed down to those present.
Both the Master and Professor have very similar teaching styles, which goes along way to show the level of dedication and belief in the system from both individuals, more so my Professor.
We went over some standing self-defence techniques and also looked at different positions involving guillotine chokes and arm triangle defences. Prior to the demonstration and teaching of the techniques, he gave a brief history lesson on the origins of Jiu-Jitsu and also shared some of the experiences he had whilst growing up and being the ‘Son of Helio Gracie’. All very informative and at times amusing.
He also gave a ‘questions and answers’ session which allowed us to ask him anything with reference to the art of Jiu-Jitsu, some excellent questions were asked and from one of the questions, Master Royler demonstrated a clever guard pass and also some techniques for breaking open someone’s guard.
Master Royler, is patient, very passionate and informative about several areas of Jiu-jitsu, he gave us all great pieces of advice about our learning and expectations. Progressing up through the belts is a big commitment but a worthwhile commitment as the benefits are so overwhelming.