Clark Gracie Talks About Using Surprise During BJJ and the Jiu-Jitsu Spirit

Clark Gracie is the grandson of Grandmaster Carlos Gracie and the son of Carley Gracie. Over the years, Clark has distinguished himself as one of the most competitive members of the Gracie family. Clark is the 2016 US National Pro Jiu-jitsu Champion, a 2013 Pan American Champion, and a 2010 New York Open Champion among many other tournaments over the years. I met Clark at a seminar he gave at Ramstein Jiu-Jitsu here in Germany. Clark taught a fantastic seminar revolving around some classic Gracie Jiu-Jitsu with his own additions (aka Clarkoplata). I had a great time at that seminar and I was excited when Clark agreed to come on the show and share some of his experience. We had a great chat on the Podcast and I hope you all enjoy! 

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Show Notes: 

Clark Gracie on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and BJJ Heroes database

Clark's academy in San Diego, California. Clark is currently moving locations and will soon be opening his new academy. 

Robin Gracie and his school in Barcelona, Spain

Ramstein Jiu-Jitsu club here in Germany

Clark's father Carley Gracie coming to Europe in the early 90s to help spread Gracie Jiu-Jitsu

Here's a video showcasing Clark's acrobatic style of jiu-jitsu that has made great use of the omoplata submission. 

Wim Deputter is one of the top black belts in Europe and he had a great quote about how "Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is leaving the door slightly open, luring your opponent in, and hitting him in the neck with a baseball bat". 

Here's a video with Andre Galvao showing the lasso guard to omoplata transition

Elisabeth Clay winning the ADCC West Coast trials at the age of 16. 

Marcelo Garcia's recent speech about the state of Jiu-Jitsu