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Carlson Gracie quotes

1933 - 2006; Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner

If you want to be a lion, you must train with lions.
Carlson Gracie

Punch a black belt in the face, he becomes a brown belt. Punch him again, purple...
Carlson Gracie

If your opponent is tapping, your technique is good. If he is not tapping, your technique
sucks.
Carlson Gracie

If it were not for me, the Gracies would be selling Bananas in Largo do Machado!
Carlson Gracie

There is no reward without sacrifice.
Carlson Gracie

Never quit, you have to resist to the utmost. 'Til you drop, like a Samurai.
Carlson Gracie

Jiu Jitsu is all one thing; it is all the same, however I am a very dedicated and studious
person. I am always inventing new positions, evolving old ones. I research positions and with
repetition and observation I improve on them. Because everything in the world changes and
progresses, so I try to do that with Jiu-Jitsu.
Carlson Gracie

Never hesitate when a challenge comes. Just do it.
Carlson Gracie

Be too big to feel unrest, too noble to feel anger, too strong to feel fear, and too happy to
tumble in adversity.
Carlson Gracie

If you can not win, make the enemy pay a steep price for victory.
Carlson Gracie

There is no losing in jiu jitsu. You either win or you learn.
Carlson Gracie

He goes around saying that his sons are the biggest and best fighters in the world and that
they discovered the invincibility. His students lose everything here in Brazil. OK, Royce did
well in the U.S. He beat everyone there, but no one knew anything then. Here in Brazil, I've
never seen Royce win ONE championship. He lost to everyone. He lost to De La Riva, who
was so much smaller than him. He tapped out to Paschoal. He's a good fighter, but never won
anything here.
Carlson Gracie, on his uncle Helio Gracie

The best way to get a move to work is to make it so uncomfortable that the opponent gives
it to you to stop the pain.
Carlson Gracie

You should be a missile and go and destroy your opponent.
Carlson Gracie

Always enter like a kitten and leave like a lion. But NEVER enter like a lion and leave like a
kitten. Always be humble.
Carlson Gracie

If you want to be a champion, remember this: Lions walk with lions, hyenas with hyenas and
elephants with elephants. They don't walk together.
Carlson Gracie