A Life in Flow

by Rickson Gracie, Peter Maguire

On Sale: 08/10/2021


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A Life in Flow

by Rickson Gracie, Peter Maguire

On Sale: 08/10/2021


About the Book

*An instant New York Times bestseller, USA Today bestseller, and Wall Street Journal bestseller*

From Brazilian Jiu Jitsu legend Rickson Gracie, a riveting memoir weaving the story of his stunning career with the larger history of his family dynasty and Jiu Jitsu.

Undefeated through his final fight, Rickson Gracie belongs in the fighting pantheon with Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris, and Mike Tyson. In Breathe, Rickson shares the full story of how his father and uncles came to develop Jiu Jitsu, what it was like to grow up among several generations of world-renowned fighters, and the principles and skills that guided him to his undefeated record. Gracie’s classic memoir offers indispensable insights into martial arts, human performance, and how the connection between mind and body can be harnessed for success both inside and outside the ring.

Now in paperback, updated with an afterword by the author discussing the process of adapting to unforeseen and life changing circumstances. 

Critical Praise

“There is Jiu Jitsu, and then there is Rickson Gracie. All others fit neatly below. The presence of mind and body to make micro adjustments in order to occupy what he calls 'The Middle' and his deep understanding in the form of Connection and Balance sets him apart from other Masters of this so called Gentle Art. Gentle, my ass. You keep what you kill.” — Maynard James Keenan, martial artist, winemaker, and lead singer of Tool and A Perfect Circle

“Rickson Gracie and me had a match in the BYU wrestling room in 1992. He made me tap out twice and told me I was the toughest guy he’d gone against. Rickson was the best fighter I’d ever seen. He still may be.” — Mark Schultz, wrestler and Olympic gold medalist

“His approach to martial arts, to the game of unarmed combat is well beyond his years. He is definitely an inspiration of mine.” — Conor McGregor, UFC double-champion

“Rickson’s one of my heroes. Maybe the most dominant athlete in any sport of all time, and he’s hugely inspired me. Without knowing it, he helped me a lot.” — Kelly Slater, 11-time World Surfing League champion

"Breathe: A Life in Flow is at its best when it tells beautiful, small little stories illustrating this truth about how Gracie moves through the world, as a fighter, a surfer, and a man doing his best to be his best." — Carolyn Lee Adams, Bloody Elbow


Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780063018952
  • ISBN 10: 0063018950
  • Imprint: Dey Street Books
  • On Sale: 08/10/2021
  • Pages: 288
  • List Price:36.99 CAD
  • BISAC1 : SPORTS & RECREATION / Martial Arts & Self-Defense
  • BISAC3 : HEALTH & FITNESS / Exercise

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