14 Nov 2012
I was asked by the people who run Rickson Gracie UK Academy to design a t-shirt for Rickson's UK seminar. When Helio was teaching his students, he often assigned an animal persona and nickname - Rickson's was the bear. Why? Well as Pedro Sauer explains in the video below, it was because of Rickson's immense pressure and ability to 'take the air out of your lungs'.
Actually Pedro also goes on to explain that Helio printed some t-shirts in honour of these nicknames, but sadly there doesn't appear to be any photos of these designs. I would love to see them!
I have asked if Rickson could sign a few posters and t-shirts too so once I get them in my hands I'll figure out what I should do with them. Maybe offer them as a prize or something.
It's a great honour for me to have someone as legendary in the sport of jiu jitsu as Rickson happily wearing one of my designs. Huge thanks to the guys at Rickson Gracie UK Academy for giving me the opportunity.