A world renown instructor with over 30 years of competition experience, Master Fabio Santos talks about the good and bad sides of Jiu-Jitsu’s growth, his time spent with Rolls and Rickson Gracie and the old “Dojo Storming” days. Click “Read More” for show notes! 


  • His beginnings / Beach bum life
  • The growth of Jiu-Jitsu
  • How Jiu-Jitsu has drifted from its original roots
  • The importance of tradition
  • The pros and cons of learning Jiu-Jitsu online
  • The benefit of maintaining a smaller affiliation
  • His memories of Master Rolls Gracie
  • Training under Master Rickson Gracie
  • Humility and trust
  • The importance of resiliency
  • Jiu-Jitsu’s self filtration system / Having to kick a student off of the team
  • Code of conduct in the academy
  • Rickson as a disciplinarian
  • The new rituals of Jiu-Jitsu
  • Rickson’s challenge matches
  • His decision to move to the US
  • “Dojo storming” in the 90’s
  • The explosion of Jiu-Jitsu’s popularity after UFC 1
  • Jiu-Jitsu in the US compared to Jiu-Jitsu in Brazil
  • Combat Jiu-Jitsu rules
  • The value of training in the gi
  • Why he feels in-house tournaments aren’t as valuable  as open tournaments
  • How helpful is competition to improve your Jiu-Jitsu?
  • How he has stayed competition-ready in his later years
  • The biggest obstacles in life Jiu-Jitsu has helped him overcome
  • Life in Brazil
  • What keeps him motivated to keep training