Professor Shane Rice is the only Canadian Black Belt under Grandmaster Rickson Gracie. He talks about his incredible luck finding Rickson, the old days of Rickson’s academy in LA and his MMA career. He also weighs in on the great sport/self defense debate. Click “read more” for show notes! 


  • His origins and intro to martial arts
  • The early BJJ scene in Canada
  • Rickson as a teacher
  • Rickson’s old gym in LA
  • How he learned to teach from watching Rickson
  • Using BJJ effectively as a smaller guy
  • How his MMA career began
  • Boxing and Jiu-Jitsu as a style combination
  • The MMA fighter than Rickson liked the most
  • The Demain Maia title fight
  • The direction of the UFC
  • The importance of sticking to your base style
  • His toughest Jiu-Jitsu match
  • Competing against Cobrinha
  • The advantage of an instructor who has fought and competed
  • The value of competition for self defense purposes
  • The great Self Defense / Sport debate
  • Dealing with the unpredictability of untrained people