A little while back I did a review on John B. Will’s Book "Rogue Black Belt – Book One". I have since got "Rogue Black Belt – Book Two" and read it. Mr. Will picks up were he left off in book one and keeps moving on at a amazing pace. I know that this books spans years but it feels like it happens in a few months. Any one who goes to Mr. Will’s website knows he teaches Machado BJJ. In book two we learn all about how he got started. If you are a Aussie and want to know how BJJ came to Australia you need to read this book. It is a important history also of the rise of BJJ in America. Mr. Will has a first hand account concerning important events in the lives of Rorion Gracie and Rigan Machado. He meet Renzo Gracie when he was a brown belt and talks about time spent with the Gracies and their cousins the Machados, in Brazil. I was very interested in their training practices and philosophies at the time Mr. Will was introduced to BJJ. As before the book is packed with practical advice and life lessons Mr. Will learned along the way. It made me long to back my bags move to Brazil and train. Its a great book. You will enjoy reading it if you are a fan of any martial art.
No matter how many times you hear a story, if the teller is different each time you find out details that you have never hear before. In the interview just recently done by TheFightWorksPodCast.com entitled #195 Jiu-Jitsu Takes Roots in the USA they talked with Richard Bresler, one of the first students of Rorion Gracie, about when Rorion came to the United States. Mr. Bresler was witness to the start of BJJ in the USA and even a roommate with Rorion until he got married. Some of the highlights for me where when Mr. Bresler talked about training with Heilo, Rorion, Rickson, and Royler. Can you imagine getting personal instruction from so many of the Gracie Family. I’ll be luck if I get to meet a few of them let alone get personal training. We know that at the beginning they were training out of a garage but did you know they had 5 garages going before Rorion got help from Mr. Bresler to buy his first school? But I think the best part is how Mr. Bresler would go find fights for Rorion. Rorion didn’t want to cause hatred. He just wanted to show what BJJ could do. So he sent out Richard to find and arrange fights. If you want to hear some good BJJ history don’t miss this podcast.