The 32 Principles: Harnessing the Power of Jiu-Jitsu to Succeed in Business, Relationships, & Life Book by Rener Gracie (Hardcover)
Jiu-jitsu is more than a martial art; it is a lifestyle that promotes health, confidence, self-determination, and balance. Famed jiu-jitsu instructor Rener Gracie, who has coached more than 350,000 students in 196 countries, presents the core teachings of jiu- jitsu and explains how they can apply to all of our daily lives, including:
• The Pyramid Principle: the importance of investing in a strong foundation
• The Acceptance Principle: recognizing when it’s better to yield than to resist
• The Pivot Principle: the value of changing your perspective to increase your effectiveness
• The Redirection Principle: using unfavorable circumstances to create favorable outcomes
Intended for both longtime fans and practitioners of jiu-jitsu as well as those completely unfamiliar with martial arts, The 32 Principles—and 32 companion videos on each principle’s physical application for self-defense from Rener himself—will help you take control of your personal and professional pursuits, supercharge your entrepreneurial spirit, and balance your relationships at work and at home.
Along with multi-award–winning author Paul Volponi, this book features contributions from more than 40 champion athletes, topflight coaches, and others who have benefited from the everyday life applications of these timeless jiu-jitsu principles.
About the Author
Rener Gracie was born into the family that founded Brazilian jiu-jitsu and the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship). His jiu-jitsu journey began before he took his first steps, and he earned his black belt at nineteen. In 2009, with the help of his brother, Ryron Gracie, he broke the mold of traditional martial arts instruction by creating the first interactive online learning center for Brazilian jiu-jitsu, which today boasts over 350,000 students in 196 countries. Headquartered in southern California, Gracie University has over 200 certified training centers worldwide. Rener is also founder and CEO of several multimillion-dollar companies; has invented several products including Quikflip Apparel, the sweatshirt that converts into a backpack, and the Sleeper Hold, the world’s best travel pillow; and has appeared on ABC’s Shark Tank.
Paul Volponi is the award-winning author of 20 books including Phyllis George: Shattering the Ceiling (a nonfiction biography), and the novels The Final Four (on the NYC Chancellor’s reading list NYC Reads 365), Top Prospect (part of Scholastic’s nationwide book club), and Black and White (winner of the international Reading Association’s Children’s Book Award). Paul is the recipient of a dozen American Library Association honors.
As a long-term martial artist, and practitioner of Jiu Jitsu. I enjoyed the references in the audiobook in terms of applications for Jiu Jitsu and how those same principles apply in Life. They were brief in description but made the points that were intended. However, I'll say this if you are a Jiu Jitsu practitioner and wanting to get the full effect of this book both on and off the mat. You can only fully appreciate the Audiobook IF you also have hardback copy as well. Hardback copy of this book not only allows you to read it, which I feel hammers the points home or in depth, but you can also view the videos related to the technical applications of the principles. Concept and principle-based learning have been proven to be the best ways to both learn and master a skill set. However not everybody is the same kind of learner. Some people are kinesthetic. Some people are visual. Some people are auditive. To get the most out of it it's best to have the book as well as the audiobook because you get the added benefit of the videos and you get to dissect it more by reading it and listening to it. That's just my opinion based on my experience. I hope whoever purchases the book or the audiobook get something out of it like I did. I will be applying these concepts on the mat for sure and the same in my own life and interpersonal relationships. I do feel like the videos could have been more detailed and the book could have been more in depth but I understand they had to put limits on the length of the details and the videos because not everybody has a long attention span.