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Worth Defending

By: Richard Bresler,Scott Burr
Narrated by: Scott Burr
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The Story of the First American Student of Bjj...and the Martial Arts Revolution He Helped Create!

"My friend, have you ever done any martial arts? My family has been doing Jiu-Jitsu for sixty-five years. We're champions. We're very well known in Brazil. Why don't you come by for a free class?"

I couldn't have imagined it then, but that moment would mark the beginning of the rest of my life...

Richard Bresler was Rorion Gracie's first student in LA, and is widely recognized as the first student of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in the US. His memoir, Worth Defending, chronicles his over 40 years' involvement with the Gracie family and Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, including the almost 20 years he spent working closely alongside Rorion helping to grow Jiu-Jitsu through the Gracie Garages, the challenge matches, the founding of the Gracie Academy, and the inception of the UFC.

This memoir includes:

  • Richard's journey out of depression and substance abuse through the transformative power of the martial arts.
  • Richard's experiences training privately with many members of the Gracie family, including Rorion, Rickson, Royce, and Grandmaster Hélio himself.
  • Richard's trip to Rio de Janeiro, where he shared the mats with the legendary Rolls Gracie.
  • Richard's experience watching from ringside as his friend and teacher, Royce Gracie, won the first Ultimate Fighting Championship.
  • The creation of "Krav Ground," the ground-fighting system that Richard helped develop for Krav Maga.
  • Richard's experiences with and take on alternative health and dietary practices, including the Gracie diet.
  • Richard's take on the current state of BJJ, and where it needs to go moving forward.
  • A new foreword by co-author Scott Burr, in which he discusses the timing of the project and the partnership and process that finally made this long-awaited book a reality.

www.WorthDefendingBook.com

©2020, 2021 Richard Bresler, Scott Burr (P)2021 Scott Burr

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Really good

I'm not into martial arts but I found Richard's story fascinating . I found myself relating to his story in so many ways. Richard is incredibly self-aware and tells his story in a very heartfelt way. Scott did a great job reading this story it felt like he was Richard to me. This story is about so much more than Jiu-Jitsu but he did make me want to learn Jiu-Jitsu.

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This is a great book

Loved it. listen to it more than once. I Would Love to hear more stories from Richard.

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Great read on the beginning of Gracie Jiu-jitsu in America

I have practiced this art for over 20 years and love learning how it all came to be. This memoir is such an amazing piece of history and a must read for practitioners and non-practitioners alike. I truly enjoyed learning about Richard’s journey and how Jiu-jitsu transformed his life. Great book and great audio.

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So good

So glad. Great book on Bjj. Healing and supportive. Especially for the older gents and ladies practicing this fine art

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Must read!

This book is an incredible listen weather you train jiu-jitsu, other martial arts, like mma, want to know the history of America's introduction to jiu-jitsu, or if you simply want a very good book to read and are looking for something interesting. Both Richard Bresler and Scott Burr did an incredible job of writing this book. It is brought together in audiobook form masterfully as well by Scott Burr's narration. This is and will continue to be a book that I recommend at the dojo as well as to anyone interested in the art.

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This an great explanation of BJJ history

This is a really great book and the audible edition is also great. BJJ has been a passion for 25 plus years and this is a great walk through the beginnings of it in the USA. The last half of the book focuses on what transformations BJJ can bring people's lives. The explanation of what BJJ was in the 90s and that mindset to training is fully covered. I cannot recommend this book enough. You want to know the part before the UFC this book will explain it all. I hope this is a part 2 that would give even more stories as Professor Bresler is part of the BJJ history and he impacted my life indirectly through the people he taught. BJJ for life.

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Best Jiu Jitsu Book In Existence

This is by far the best Jiu Jitsu book Ive come across. Its rich with content and the history of JJs start in the USA. But its more than that. The story is movie worthy.

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Outstanding

Great book! Easy listening and worth the time. Learned a lot about the history of BJJ.

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Superb

A superb story about how an individual navigates the training lifestyle. A lot of great knowledge about Gracie Jiu-Jitsu as well. The only reason I give it four stars out of five is that they could have integrated the personal story a little more closely into the teachings. I definitely recognize how struggles with a father and a job and finding purpose ties into martial arts and training, but it wasn't integrated as well as it could have been. There was an opportunity to show how everything you struggle with in life is connected to developing your body and your skills, but it wasn't plainly stated with those connections are.

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Awesome book.

Well worth your time weather you’re a Jiu-Jitsu person or not. Hear the true story of the Jiu-Jitsu revolution. I remember, it rocked my world. Thank you Professor Richard. Now, please write a technical manual on Jiu-Jitsu. Thank you. - Nick B.

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  • 11-29-22

great insight to how it began

enjoyed the book, well written and engaging to listen to on audiable did it in 3 sittings

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  • Hettie
  • 09-05-22

Awesome

On my fourth read. I love this book and Richard's views on training are well worth a listen. Thank you Richard 🙏

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  • xQx
  • 06-23-22

Great history lesson/advice for all BJJ players

Mainly a history lesson re BJJ & Fantastic pieces of advice from Richard himself

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  • Steve
  • 02-22-22

inspirational

highly recommended for anybody into BJJ, from one of the first students of the Gracies

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  • cameron m.
  • 02-01-22

Great book

Its a great book and very interesting.
I've learned alot from listening to his story he puts common training questions and problems unto a great new perspective for me .
10/10

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  • Mark C
  • 01-30-22

Great Book, Well Worth a Listen


Great book, I know when it’s a really good book as I listened to it all the way through within a few days and want to listen to it again... also I got some really good lessons and insights...

Very well narrated, I forgot it wasn’t the author reading the book, the co-author Scott was reading it, he got into the character of the author so well I thought it was the author reading it himself... so well done Scott...

Richards story is really good and honest, he is very open about his struggles with life and how he overcame the challenges he faced, some really good lessons and insights to life in general and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu...

Very honest book, with lots of insights to the journey of the early days of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu which was really good, I’ve listened to “Breathe: A Life in Flow” by
Rickson Gracie and both books cover their Journey from the early days, it was great to see how both their journeys entwined... it gave me a good picture of the early days of BJJ... it would be great to hear a book from Rorion Gracie’s point of view of his journey...

Would you like the book if your not into BJJ...? I’m not sure, what I can say is that there are some really good life lessons throughout the whole book and if you like to read about true life journeys with all the challenges overcome then I think you would like the book.

Overall, a really good book, well worth a read or listen...

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-31-21

inspirational book for anyone who wants to change

a must listen for any jiu-jitsu student who wants to keep the art with them all their life.

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  • Bill Truelove
  • 12-12-21

Very good.

Wasn't expecting too much, as there aren't many reviews, but it's fantastic. Really enjoyed it.

Interesting account of someone who just happened to be in the right place at the right time to watch the birth of Jiu Jitsu in America, and the start of the UFC.

Surprisingly well written too. Well worth a listen.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-28-21

Well worth a listen

I’m not a prolific reader , but with this on in the background on my daily commute I was always ready for the next hourly instalment of Richards version of how it all began over in the USA . Some good stories .

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  • Luke
  • 09-30-21

Graphically Honest Account

Anyone who is practicing Brazilian Jiu Jistsu and wants to know why? The why is because of Rorion Gracie and to some extent Richard Bresler.
Although I have read and watched many accounts of the early years of BJJ this is by far the most interesting and heartfelt I’ve read. I commend the author for his honesty and I am grateful for Scott Burr’s narration which makes this audible version a pleasure to listen to!
Best wishes
Luke Theo

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  • Paul
  • 09-22-22

Fantastic book for anyone interested in BJJ

A fascinating insight into the the grassroots progression of the biggest evolution of martial arts in the last few hundred years.

I first heard of the author when I heard his interview on "My White Belt" podcast with Jim Trick. Having followed MMA for many years, I heard a few of the references that took me back a few years but then wanted to hear more ... and this book was brilliant. Well worth the investment in time and money.

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  • James
  • 06-21-22

Amazing story! really loved it.

Thanks for making this book, such an amazing story about the origins of Gracie Jiu-jitsu in the USA. amazing how something like a spare water mattress totally changed the course of your life!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-15-22

A Must Read For Any Jiujitsu Enthusiast

This is a grass roots story of Gracie Jiujitsu's come-up-pence in the USA which eventually spread world wild. Richard has certainly paid his dues in the jiujitsu world and this story showcases that. A must-read.