This is a very special day! I just want to take the time to wish Rickson Gracie, my instructor, one of my biggest inspirations in my life and a person who has inspired so many others a very Happy Birthday.
To celebrate his birthday I just wanted to share one of the many stories about him that motivated and inspired me as I was coming up.
It was in the mid to late late 90's (97 or 98 maybe) at the Pico academy when Fabio Gurgel came to town with several black belts from Brazil. One of the black belts that came with him was Roberto "Spider" Traven. I believe Roberto was a world champion black belt at the time or won the world's shortly after this visit.
I remember seeing Rickson train with all the black belts, and doing what he normally does to them all, which is submit them multiple times within a 5-6 minute roll, but with Roberto he could not even pass his guard. You see this was the first time any of us had been exposed to the Spider guard, named after Roberto. Gripping the sleeves...
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