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Carlson Gracie Jr. in the House!!!

  A while ago, Sergio Zimmermann Canudo posted on the Pound for Pound Facebook page that we would be honored with the presence of his first Brazilian Jiu Jitsu teacher. No one less than someone from the notorious Gracie family, who made the strength, effectiveness, philosophy and benefits of BJJ manifest to the world. His name is Carlson Gracie Junior. Hardly surprising: not much later many students subscribed to ‘going’ to this seminar which was to be held Thursday evening the 21st of May. He arrived already on Wednesday the 20th, a couple of hours before our regular class would start. Even though he just jumped off the plane from Chicago, he insisted on teaching the Pound for Pound students! A welcome surprise for all who were present that day. Needless to say, we were all thrilled! The class started with Sergio introducing his first teacher. It was beautiful to see the interplay between these two men. Perhaps it could be described in the following way: from master to student, to master. One phrase in particular caught my attention when Sergio said that when he was a white belt, no one took notice of him, except Carlson Gracie Jr. A ‘mindset’ that seems to be embedded in the way he teaches, because also here, he noticed the white belts and gave all of them a lot of attention to make sure that they could proceed practicing and drilling the shown techniques in a constructive and meaningful manner. In his view, knowing your basics well is essential, because when you grow old or tired, it are the basics that keep...