Pioneering jiu-jitsu fighter Ralph Gracie is at present serving a six-month jail sentence (plus a $50,000 fantastic, three years of probation, and obligatory anger administration courses), for leaping fellow black belt and fitness center proprietor Flavio Almeida, youthful brother to Ricardo Almeida, on the 2019 No-Gi World Championships. Books written in jail embody The Travels of Marco Polo, Don Quixote, and The Gulag Archipelago, and in a sequence of letters printed on his Instagram account, Ralph provides his phrases to the style.
Within the Artwork of Conflict, Solar Tzu wrote, “He’ll win who is aware of when to struggle and when to not struggle.”
As warriors, we should always remember this lesson. Sadly, this time, I selected to struggle the fallacious battle. Actions have penalties, and I need to face them.
On Friday, I’ll report back to jail on the shoulders of the generations of jiu-jitsu fighters earlier than me. My physique could also be behind bars for a short while, however my thoughts will stay free.
I want to thank Renzo and our jiu-jitsu household for his or her large help. I’m additionally very grateful to all of my college students for standing with me. I want I had dealt with this case in a different way, as a result of I attempt to set an instance for all of you. Nonetheless, you knew what’s in my coronary heart and stood by my facet. With you subsequent to me, I can by no means lose. And I really like you for that.
I’ll be again with you quickly.
As you might have learn, I’ve been despatched on an prolonged trip. Time strikes slowly in right here. Exhausting to consider it’s been solely a month and a half.
Probably the most tough half to date has been being away from my household, pals, and college students. I need you to know that I take into consideration you day-after-day, each hour. It’s often Renzo that has a quote for each event. However there may be one quote from certainly one of my heroes that I’ll always remember. Nelson Mandela as soon as stated, “A winner is a dreamer who by no means provides up.” And I refuse to surrender.
This has been an actual studying expertise for me. I spend most of my time considering and reflecting. Even after this quick time frame, this expertise has profoundly modified me. I’ll come out the opposite finish a greater man, a greater father, a greater trainer.
The jail guards deal with me properly and respectfully. Many even practice jiu-jitsu. Actually, they deal with all of the inmates with respect and dignity. Their job just isn’t straightforward. They’re examined by the inmates each day and so they keep their professionalism by all of it. They’ve my complete respect and admiration.
I might additionally like to specific my sincerest gratitude for all of the love I’ve acquired just lately. It has been overwhelming. I learn your whole messages. Every notice is sort of a breath of air.
Please preserve writing. I might love to listen to from all of you. The tackle is under. There are strict guidelines: For those who write, use solely white paper, and don’t ship any gadgets, not even footage.
I can’t wait to listen to from you. Within the meantime, sustain the great struggle.
BOOKING NUMBER#3187307 (Ralph Gracie)
IRC / MEN’S & WOMEN’S FACILITIES
550 N FLOWER STREET
SANTA ANA, CA 92703-2361
If in case you have one thing type to ship UG, ship Ralph a letter.
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