Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is full of many elite BJJ fighters that have continuously worked on their craft and have become an inspiration to many other practitioners. Some of them can be considered the greatest of all time practitioners in the sport! When an all time great has something to say – we listen and we learn. Here are some of the most famous Jiu Jitsu quotes out there.
"If you ask me what belt I am today I’ll tell you that I’m a white belt that never gave up." - Jean Jaques Machado
What advice master Machado is giving to BJJ students is something many other black belts tell their students. The most important thing you can do in Jiu Jitsu is to never give up. As long as you keep showing up and try, you’re never failing at Jiu Jitsu. Every black belt is just where you were and they didn’t quit.
"A boxer is like a lion, the greatest predator on land. But you throw him in the shark tank and he's just another meal." - Renzo Gracie
Renzo is speaking about the superiority of Jiu Jitsu over boxing. Boxing is a great sport, but it is only great from standing. Once you take them to the ground, they are helpless and can’t do anything to stop what will happen.
“Jiu Jitsu had no end. The journey never ends.”- Nicholas Gregoriades
The head of the Jiu Jitsu brotherhood is speaking about the never ending journey of Jiu Jitsu. It is an art that you can never perfect. There is always something more you can learn to add to your game.
“When you get really good at something as difficult as Jiu Jitsu, it makes everything in your life better. By putting yourself in that intense form of stress, it makes regular life more peaceful. Martial arts is a vehicle for developing your human potential.” - Joe Rogan
Not only does doing Jiu Jitsu make you better at the martial art, but it can improve every part of your life. The intense/stressful situations you’re put in doing Jiu Jitsu makes you learn how to handle difficult situations better. Knowing how to handle stress makes you a more successful and peaceful person.
“I do it because it is hard and because it never ends. Every day presents me with a series of problems that I spend the rest of the day thinking about. How I might solve or at least chip away at. The next day. Same after that.”- Anthony Bourdain
The late Anthony Bourdain practiced Jiu Jitsu, because it was difficult. In life to get better at anything you have to always challenge yourself. The problems you face in Jiu Jitsu can be hard, but they make you better. There’s always something to solve in Jiu Jitsu.
“Always assume that your opponent is going to be bigger, stronger and faster than you; so that you learn to rely on technique, timing and leverage rather than brute strength.”- Helio Gracie
Grandmaster Helio said this quote to remind you to always use your technique when you do Jiu Jitsu. Never rely on your naturally gifted athleticism if you have it. Proper technique always trumps speed, size, and strength in any given day!
"There is no losing in jiu jitsu. You either win or you learn."- Carlos Gracie Sr
You may lose a roll, but you really never lose in Jiu Jitsu. Everything is a learning experience and especially the losses. When you “lose” you actually learn. Failure is a lesson that we all must endure to get us our eventual success. Learn from your mistakes and get better.
“When I step on the mat I know there is no other place I’d rather be.” Marcelo Garcia
For many grapplers, there is no place they would rather be than on the mat training. It is their passion and anytime they get to practice what they love, they have the time of their lives.
“To be a champion all you have to do is train. But first, one must be a good person. Be a friend at the academy, learn to help. To be good at Jiu-Jitsu it’s all about believing and training, there isn’t that much else you can do.”- Rodolfo Vieira
Rodolfo put it as simply as one can if you want to be a champion in Jiu Jitsu. It isn’t just about training everyday and putting in the work. You also have to strive to be a good person and be selfless. Training hard, being a friend, and believing in yourself is how you become a champion.
“If you want to be a lion, you must train with lions”- Carlson Gracie Sr
Master Carlson Sr bluntly says here what the key is to get better at Jiu Jitsu. In order to be good at Jiu Jitsu, you have to train with dedicated teammates that want to win as bad as you. Iron sharpens iron so to speak. If your teammates are all trying to get after it, that will only push even harder.