This week we are going to share with you some words said by Professor Flavio Almeida during a Gracie Barra Event in Brazil. Through his words we can deeply understand the Gracie Barra values and Master Carlos Gracie Jr’s vision.
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The Red Shield Represents All The Values That We Believe In
Carlinhos puts us to practice takedowns, guard passes, sweeps, submissions.
He was teaching these techniques but he was actually teaching us values. Values of Loyalty, Respect, Humility, Perseverance, Discipline.
I realized that Carlinhos, actually was training a lot of people to be champions on the mats and many are, but what he was truly doing, he was forming champions of life.
Gracie Barra isn’t just a Jiu-Jitsu school. Gracie Barra is a movement for a better world.
It is not a tool for you to smash people. Jiu-Jitsu is the sword from which the Gracie Barra warriors improve themselves, their communities and the world.
The athletes who are going to a tournament, are not going simply to make it to the podium, to be winners. They are going there to represent our Jiu-Jitsu and our philosophy.
It’s the opportunity to show the world the incredible things Gracie Barra does.
Nobody is going there because they hate the person across the mat.
Nobody should go there with hate in their hearts.
You have to go there because you love the Red Shield that is on your back.
Because that shield represents all the values that we all believe in.
Professor Flavio Almeida