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From legendary Brazilian jujitsu and MMA master Rickson Gracie comes a riveting, insightful memoir that weaves together the story of Gracie’s stunning career with the larger history of the Gracie family dynasty and the founding of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, showing how the connection between mind and body can be harnessed for success both inside and outside the ring.

Undefeated from the late 1970s through his final fight in the Tokyo Dome in 2000, Rickson Gracie amassed hundreds of victories in the street, on the mat, at the beach, and in the ring. He has joined the pantheon that includes Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris, and Jackie Chan as one of the most famous martial artists of the 20th century. Jujitsu, the fighting style developed and pioneered by his family, has become one of the world’s most prominent martial arts, and Vale Tudo, the “anything goes” style of Brazilian street fighting over which the Gracies had a monopoly, was an early precursor to the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Simply put, without the Gracie family, there would be no sport of “MMA”, no four-billion-dollar UFC empire, and no “Brazilian jujitsu” at strip malls all across America.

In Breathe, for the first time, Rickson will share the full story of how his father and uncles came to develop jujitsu, what it was like to grow up among several generations of world-renowned fighters from the Gracie clan, and the principles and skills that guided him to his undefeated record. From learning to assert himself on the streets of Rio to gaining fame and honor in Japan and emerging through heartbreaking tragedy, the martial arts master shares tales of overcoming challenges, extolling universal virtues and showing listeners how pride and ego are the enemies of success. 

With profound insights into the sport and way of life that only a studied legend can provide, Breathe is an entertaining and magnified view of an enduring legacy as well as an inspiring tale of weathering life’s complexities and overcoming them with style and grace.

Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook.  

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2021 Rickson Gracie, Peter Maguire (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

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Inspiring But …

I found many parts of the book inspiring and interesting. There is a problem with the book though. I enjoyed learning his perspective on his family dynamics and the jiu jitsu community. He is an amazing person, so I didn’t find the stories about how tough he is to be in bad taste. I think he was just being honest about himself. But - many in the jiu jitsu community believe that the high level of aggression found in jiu jitsu schools is Because of Rickson. He says in the book that isn’t what he wants - he wants a nee white belt to be able to come in and learn self defense without having a blue or purple belt sit on their face for several months.
The problem - He raises but then never answers a question: how should jiu jitsu school be run so that it meets the ideal he thinks it should be. He simply ends the book with a story about his family awarding him a red belt before they should have and that’s in the epilogue. Overall, it’s a good book and I’m glad I read it. He is interesting and inspiring. Perhaps the unanswered question is just an honest ending. A question to be taken up by those in the community he loves; for the next generation etc.

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AMAZING

SIMPLY AMAZING!!
From the history of the Gracie family to the foundations of Gracie JiuJitsu.
Coming from the very best Jiu Jitsu practitioner ever, it could not have been better written and told!
Enough said
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Jiu Jitsu is the first thought, but immeasurable human spirit is what comes when reading

It’s no shock anyone reading this believes it will be all about Jiu Jitsu and while it’s focused heavily in the book, the theme shows the family, their different traits and paths, and most of all an in depth look into what turns a Normal person into a legendary martial artist.

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I really wanted to like this book but it’s just not there

There is only so many times in one book that a person can say “I’m the best that ever lived”. I’m a real life fan of his too! This ‘book’ just screams “I’m doing a book to cash a big check like everyone else” but without any real effort put into making a book. Rickson could have greatly benefited by having hired a well seasoned writer to have interviewed him, taken notes, and then written this book. There’s probably a great story here but it’s not found in this book, sorry.

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Summation of publicly available information

You watch actual interviews and ask what's new. The title references the best parts which came off as if added separately to tie together the chapters. What I'm saying is it's two books woven together, one which summarizes many years of interviews and the other which explains Rickson's incredible power of controlling his breathing.

If you haven't been following the Rickson or the Gracie family, your credit will be well spent. At any rate, you owe it to yourself to know this man's story.

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Delivers as Expected

Awesome, so grateful for material like this! listen to the Jocko podcast with Rickson for a great introduction to this book if you have been living under a rock and don't know much about the Gracie family. Probably one of the best forewords ever written at the beginning of this book

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what an amazing man and life!!

this was the first book I listened to fully engaged and couldn't wait to hear more. his life his struggles with family and the sport of Jujitsu. this book made me tear up listening to it. he fought his whole life and now a humble man. love this book going to be listening again

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the great one

always admired and respected Mr. Rickson Gracie, supercool when in person, truly a warrior

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Amazing story!

This book was very entertaining. Such an amazing story about a true warrior and how everyone can learn this from jiujitsu. The samurai and warrior spirit can be the best mindset in today’s world and this book helps you realize that.

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Great story

I’m not a practitioner of jiu-jitsu but I can honestly say this was a great story for anyone. I had heard about this through the Jocko podcast and I’m glad I took the time to listen. The narrator isn’t the best but for me subject matter helped overcome this flaw.

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