Breathe: A Life in Flow

Breathe: A Life in Flow

Breathe: A Life in Flow

Breathe: A Life in Flow


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The most significant family in the world of martial arts are the Gracies, and Rickson, one of the most heralded Jiu-Jitsu and MMA fighters. The very success of MMA and Jiu-Jitsu today can be credited to the Gracie family who popularized them. Their street fighting style in Brazil became a legitimate fighting skill that is now seen everywhere. Breathe will be the first look at the family with never-before-seen photos and a great precursor to the upcoming Netflix documentary about the Gracie family.

*An instant New York Times bestseller, USA Today bestseller, and Wall Street Journal bestseller*

From Brazilian Jiu Jitsu legend Rickson Gracie, a riveting memoir weaving the story of his stunning career with the larger history of his family dynasty and Jiu Jitsu.

Undefeated through his final fight, Rickson Gracie belongs in the fighting pantheon with Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris, and Mike Tyson. In Breathe, Rickson shares 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, and the principles and skills that guided him to his undefeated record. Gracie’s classic memoir offers indispensable insights into martial arts, human performance, and how the connection between mind and body can be harnessed for success both inside and outside the ring.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780063018952
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication date: 08/10/2021
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 67,207
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 8.70(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Rickson Gracie is the New York Times bestselling author of Breathe. The leader of the most prominent martial arts family of all time, Gracie reigned as world Jiu Jitsu champion in both the middle heavy weight and open divisions for almost two decades. Since retiring with an undefeated record, he has focused on unifying and spreading his family martial art through his Global Jiu Jitsu Federation. 

Peter Maguire is the author of Law and WarFacing Death in CambodiaThai Stick, and Breathe. Maguire has taught the law and theory of war at Columbia University, Bard College, and University of North Carolina at Wilmington. He is the founder and director of Fainting Robin Foundation. Maguire received his blackbelt from Rickson Gracie and has been his friend and student for over 30 years.


Table of Contents

Foreword Jocko Willink ix

1 The Gracie Clan 1

2 Growing Up Gracie 25

3 Predators and Prey 57

4 The Unfettered Mind 77

5 Steel Sharpens Steel 103

6 Coming to America 127

7 The Land of the Rising Sun 155

8 Paradigm Shifts 177

9 Devastation 207

10 Rebirth 229

Epilogue 251

Acknowledgments 255

Glossary of Terms 257

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