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Grand Master Helio Gracie – “Jiu-Jitsu is…

“… a mousetrap. The trap does not chase the mouse. But when the mouse grabs the cheese, the trap plays its role.”

From his uncle Helio, Master Carlos, Jr. learned to value the technical aspect of the art and to focus on the practical development.  Because of Grand Master Helio’s small size and relatively weak physical condition, he had to research through trial and error alternative Jiu-Jitsu methods that worked for him.  His discoveries emphasized leverage and timing over strength and speed.  It is clear from the Grand Master’s explanation of Jiu-Jitsu, that he was indeed a master strategist, who patiently waited for his opponent to make that crucial mistake before imposing his game. (photo: Gustavo Aragão/Graciemag archives)