In this recent interview, Royce recounts those days, emphasizing that Gracie Jiu Jitsu was always meant to be a “reality based” martial art for self defense. In this video, Royce tells us his career is still very much focused on those original Jiu Jitsu principles, and his life is centered on traveling, teaching and preaching the gospel of Gracie Jiu Jitsu.
UFC is very different now, and it’s a highly regulated sport. But I actually prefer the Vale Tudo matches of old. This interview reminds us of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu’s long history of no rules matches and why the art was developed.