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On the Mat With 9th Degree Red Belt Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Master, Mauricio Strauch

“Open your eyes. Don’t stay so focused on one thing. Step back, and see the big picture. When you do… that is when you will start learning Jiu Jitsu.”

These are the words 9th Degree Red Belt, Master Mauricio Strauch left me with after my private training session with him.

It isn’t often that you have the opportunity to meet a living, breathing legend- let alone train with one.

It is understandable that I might have been a bit nervous when I walked in the door to his academy in Rio de Janeiro. He is, after all, one of but a small number of men that have achieved such a high rank, and meeting him was an honor.

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