Clark Gracie is a decorated champion and highly respected instructor. We talk about growing up in the Gracie family, past tension within the family, tips on using the guard effectively and his viral internet fame! Click “Read More” for show notes!

Show Notes:

  • Growing up Gracie
  • Living between Brazil and the US
  • Learning from his father
  • The importance of details in Jiu-Jitsu
  • His passion for teaching
  • His father’s teaching style
  • Building your own game
  • The bright future of Jiu-Jitsu / Kids Jiu-Jitsu
  • The rise of the Mexican, Australian and Asian BJJ scenes
  • His Grandfather, Grandmaster Carlos Gracie
  • His father being the first Gracie to arrive in the US
  • Past tensions within the Gracie family / Historical inaccuracies
  •  The importance of recognizing Grandmasters Carlos and Helio Gracie equally
  • The impact Professor Rodrigo Medieros had on his Jiu-Jitsu
  • His offensive Guard game
  • Key details on having an effective Guard
  • The Omoplata and why he feels it is underutilized
  • Keys to finishing the Omoplata
  • “The Ridiculously Photogenic Jiu-Jitsu Guy”
  • Gi vs No-Gi
  • Becoming a Black Belt Pan Ams Champion
  • The significance of the Black Belt
  • Why so few people will reach a Black Belt in Jiu-Jitsu
  • Advice for new instructors
  • Goals for 2017