Breathe: A Life in Flow Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
From legendary Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu 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, 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. Jiu-Jitsu, 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 Jiu-Jitsu’ at strip malls all across America.
In Breathe, for the first time, 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 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 honour 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.
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|Listening Length||6 hours and 33 minutes|
|Author||Rickson Gracie, Jocko Willink|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||19 August 2021|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 636 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
1 in Martial Arts (Audible Books & Originals)
1 in Wrestling (Books)
1 in Martial Artist Biographies
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This autobiography brings a candid insight into Ricksons life, opens a window into the growth of ju -jutsu and casts a light into some of the myths surrounding him.
A Great book!
His story has everything - the greatest highs, and the lowest lows - and it all resonated with me more than any book has for a long time. I look forward to reading it again soon - it’s that good!