I’ve had the opportunity to attend several of Relson Gracie’s seminars. He never disappoints with his mix of jiu jitsu and old-school stories. He is quite the personality, and I have enjoyed every minute of mat time that I have been able to share with him.
One of the things that always strikes me about his teaching is how much focus he provides on the self defense aspects. He always attributes his knowledge and technique to his father, Helio. He is also one of the few who continues to carry the torch for jiu jitsu being primarily for self defense. During my last seminar with him hosted by his black belt, Marco Moreno, I had the pleasure of receiving a hands-on correction from him regarding my elbow position for one of the classic Gracie Jiu Jitsu knife defense techniques. Thankfully, that moment in time was captured by someone.
Below is a clip of a mount escape technique from one of his classes in Brazil. Even though the video is in Portuguese, you can see how his dynamic personality comes out in his teaching. Enjoy the technique!