Rolles Gracie joins the show to talk about growing up in the Gracie family, how to keep kids interested in Jiu-Jitsu and the early days of Renzo’s academy. He also talks about prank calls with Draculino and Romulo Barral, Pro Wrestling and Hulkamania! Click “read more” for show notes! SHOW NOTES:

  • Growing up in the Gracie family
  • Memories of his father
  • Big shoes to fill / the pressures of being a Gracie
  • The development of his Jiu-Jitsu over time
  • Cultivating a dynasty
  • How to keep your kids interested in Jiu-Jitsu
  • Learning different styles of Jiu-Jitsu pre-internet
  • The different training approaches between Brazil and the US
  • The Pummel
  • Skydiving
  • Prank phone calls with Draculino and Romulo Barral
  • The early days of Renzo’s academy in NYC
  • Paul Creighton (Ryan’s instructor)
  • One of his favorite Renzo stories
  • His biggest takeaway from his MMA career
  • His Professional Wrestling stint / Hulkamania
  • Teaching Jiu-Jitsu
  • Working with military and law enforcement
  • Kasai Pro tournament