Breathe: A Life in Flow

Breathe: A Life in Flow

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, 2021, science-mind-body, Biography, Combat, Sports, Nonfiction, Health, Martial Arts, Psychology, Autobiography

From legendary Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and MMA master Rickson Gracie comes a riveting, insightful memoir that weaves together the story of Gracie’s stunning career with the larger history of the Gracie family dynasty and the founding of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, showing how the connection between mind and body can be harnessed for success both inside and outside the ring.

Undefeated from the late 1970s through his final fight in the Tokyo Dome in 2000, Rickson Gracie amassed hundreds of victories in the street, on the mat, at the beach, and in the ring. He has joined the pantheon that includes Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris, and Jackie Chan as one of the most famous martial artists of the twentieth century. Jiu-Jitsu, the fighting style developed and pioneered by his family, has become one of the world’s most prominent martial arts, and Vale Tudo, the “anything goes” style of Brazilian street fighting over which the Gracies had a monopoly, was an early precursor to the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Simply put, without the Gracie family, there would be no sport of “MMA,” no 4-billion-dollar UFC empire, and no “Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu” at strip malls all across America.

In Breathe, for the first time, Rickson will share the full story of how his father and uncles came to develop Jiu-Jitsu, what it was like to grow up among several generations of world-renowned fighters from the Gracie clan, and the principles and skills that guided him to his undefeated record. From learning to assert himself on the streets of Rio to gaining fame and honor in Japan and emerging through heartbreaking tragedy, the martial arts master shares tales of overcoming challenges, extolling universal virtues and showing readers how pride and ego are the enemies of success. 

With never-before-seen photos and profound insights into the sport and way of life that only a studied legend can provide, Breathe is an entertaining and magnified view of an enduring legacy as well as an inspiring tale of weathering life’s complexities and overcoming them with style and grace.

Title:Breathe: A Life in Flow
ISBN:9780063018952
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  • Scott Wozniak

    Rickson Gracie is probably the greatest fighter--real fights, not rules restricted sport fighting--in the last 100 years. The stories of what he was capable of have been legends for decades. Some of t...

  • Y.S. Stephen

    Breathe is an autobiography of Rickson Gracie, a former jiu-jitsu champion and one of the best martial arts practitioners in the world today. Breathe details his upbringing in Brazil, his training, an...

  • Chuck Kechter

    First off, I have to say, I respcet the hell out of Rickson Gracie's accomplishments.That being said, I both really liked and was disappointed in his book: Breathe: A Life in Flow. It was "great" gett...

  • Anubis

    The first thing they teach you in our academy when starting Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, is that it is in fact called Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. The Gracies are probably the most known family of martial artists in the...

  • Mehrzad M.

    Story and history of Brazilian / Gracie Jiu Jitsu, from the best to ever do it. Whenever there has been a mention of history of BJJ in any podcast, mostly Joe Rogan Experience, specially related to ma...

  • Bernie Gourley

    This autobiography of the phenomenal Brazilian Ju Jutsu practitioner, Rickson Gracie, begins with ancestral origins that include a Gracie who fought in the US Civil War through Rickson’s boyhood in ...

  • Kalle Wescott

    I read /Breathe: A Life in Flow/ by Rickson Gracie:https://www.bloodyelbow.com/2021/7/30...The book took me back to the 1990s when I did some marketing work for Semaphore Entertainment (the progenitor...

  • Geoff

    I am a fan of MMA and am also a big fan of Kron Gracie. When I saw this biography was due out I, of course, had it pre-ordered. I am very glad to have been able to read this life story.In the pages of...

  • Mel Padden

    Too short! But great.As soon as I heard about this book I pre-ordered it. At first, I was hoping for a little more detail, some more insight into the legend that is Rickson Gracie, but the benefit of ...

  • Sachin Shajil

    Before I started reading this book, I wondered why a book on jiu jitsu was called ‘Breath’. For someone like me, who has almost always avoid any sort of physical or verbal confrontation all my lif...