Joe Rogan and Rickson Gracie Discuss Breathwork

Rickson Gracie breathwork

On episode 114 of the Joe Rogan Experience, Joe Rogan and BJJ and MMA legend Rickson Gracie of the famous Gracie family discussed the importance of breathwork. Below are some highlights of their conversation.

Rickson Gracie on How Breathwork Changed His Life

“The big change in my life was when I learned how to breathe. I started bringing more spiritual possibilities, more mental possibilities. Because what is interesting about the breathing aspect is the brain and the heart are the only organs that can give and receive information. The organs, liver, kidney, they don’t cannot do that. But when you get upset with something mentally, you bring information to yourself, immediately your brain is responding. Your heart too when you get depressed, immediately you feel in your heart, and your heart shows you. When you’re sad it’s an immediate connection. And what is amazing about that is the lung is the practical aspect within you, who are able to control or help your brain and also help your heart.

“So, through the proper breathing you can control your heartbeats. Through the proper breathing you can control your mindset and get calmer, control your panic, control your courage, control everything you need in the mental aspect and also spiritual—hope, faith, visualizations. So, all the elements in your brain, all the elements in your heart, can be much better guided, much better helped through the lungs. If you don’t know how to involve your lungs in your brain, in your breathing, you’re not able to favor your brain and your heart the way it’s supposed to be.”

Joe Rogan Rickson Gracie
Joe Rogan Rickson Gracie

Rickson Gracie on Learning to Breathe Properly

“The first [thing] you learn about breathing is to move the upper body, the upper part of your lung. If you don’t learn, if you don’t practice, you’re never going to use the diaphragmatic breathing which involves the full capacity of your lungs. So, the diaphragm, when you learn how to move your diaphragm efficiently, you fill up your lungs in a different way. So, if I breathe right or wrong, either more or less oxygen. [It’s] up to me [whether] I use the diaphragm or not. So, when i learn how to use that I’m able to help my body with whatever it needs—mental spiritual, or physical.”

Joe Rogan Rickson Gracie
Rickson Gracie

Rickson Gracie on the Difficulty of Learning Breathwork

“It’s not [too] difficult…you just have to put some attention [on it]. Because when you learn how to breathe, you start adding oxygen to your life.”

Rickson Gracie on Controlled Hyperventilation

“If I want to go diving, I need to hyperventilate…because I increase the circulation of oxygen in my body, and I increase the oxygen [in] the cells. So, I do hyperventilation for a little while, and I triple the amount of time I’m going to be under the water.”

Joe Rogan Rickson Gracie
Rickson Gracie

Who is Rickson Gracie?

Rickson Gracie is a Brazilian 9th-degree red belt in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and a retired mixed martial artist with an official record of 11-0. He is a member of the famous Gracie family.

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Joe Rogan Explains How Nick Diaz Changed MMA

Joe Rogan Nick Diaz

On Joe Rogan Experience MMA Show #86, Joe Rogan and MMA fighter Josh Thompson discussed how Nick Diaz changed MMA. Below are some of the highlights of their conversation.

Josh Thompson on Nick Diaz vs. Frank Shamrock

“Frank was not the same guy when he fought Nick at that time, but let’s be real, at that time it was awesome to see somebody like Nick do that because Nick, though, if you recall at the end of the fight, picks Frank up, he’s like, ‘You’re a legend. Do not sit down there like that. You’re a legend.’ And that’s what people talk to me all the time about my fight with Nate. And I say, ‘Look man, I have nothing but respect for both those guys. Those guys are animals.’”

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Joe Rogan and Nick Diaz

Josh Thompson on the Diaz Brothers’ Brawl on CBS

“You got to remember that brawl that happened on CBS, right? We were talking about that as well. That brawl with Mayhem Miller, Jake Shields, Nick Diaz, but guess what? That whole scrap pack. They die for each other. And you can’t knock friendship like that. And I look at those guys and they’re really good people from Gilbert Melendez, his wife, Carrie, Nick and Nate and Jake, Jake’s like still one of my good, good buddies, Gill is as well. But even though I don’t talk to Nate anymore really, I still have nothing but respect for those guys themselves. They did it on their own, and they’re amazing. I will buy their pay per view every single time they fight no matter what.”

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Joe Rogan and Nick Diaz

Joe Rogan on Nick Diaz’s Elite Cardio 

And Nick Diaz changed the game in terms of his elite cardio. He did something that was a new thing. And that new thing was he’s not going to hit you with 100% power. He’s going to hit with 50%, but he’s going to hit you twice as much, and you’re never going to get to breathe, and he’s going to stay on top of you, and he’s going to talk to you the whole time. So he’s going to [mess] with you psychologically. He’s going to disrupt your breathing by constantly hitting you. And then once he realizes you’re hurt, then he’s digging into the body. Then he’s putting it on you. And on top of that [he has] black belt jujitsu skills, really good wrestling takedown defense, a chin made of iron, and unstoppable will. His will to beat you was just unstoppable. I think he’s one of the best fighters that’s ever done it. To this day.”

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Joe Rogan and Nick Diaz

Josh Thompson on Nick Diaz’s Unstoppable Will and Elite Conditioning

“I think a lot of that unstoppable will though comes from him doing triathlons. That is like, hey, I cannot stop otherwise, I lose my time and I’ve only got five more miles or eight more miles until I get to the bike, or until I get to the run or until I’m done with the swim. Those are things in your mind as an athlete. You’re always thinking like I’m almost there. I’m only going to run to the two minute mark. I’m only going to run to the five. You set goals for yourself as you go. Should I smash the goal? Okay, one more goal. Those are the things that top athletes do, and I feel like that’s what he’s done with his career. He used triathlons to help get him there. He was always good. Always nasty like good jujitsu, grit, phenomenal, etc. His game has always been really good. When he upped his game in boxing, and the pace like you’re saying, just the touch, touch, touch, now bam, bam, touch, touch, touch, bam, that’s next level boxing that we hadn’t seen in MMA at the time.”

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Transgender MMA Fighter Wins Debut Fight

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Alana McLaughlin, a transgender MMA fighter, won her MMA debut on Friday night against Celine Provost. McLaughlin is the second known transgender woman to compete in MMA in the U.S.

McLaughlin, who is 30 years old, finished Provost via a rear naked choke in the second round of the match.

Alana McLaughlin
Alana McLaughlin

According to ESPN, McLaughlin was permitted to fight Provost after McLaughlin’s testosterone level was tested by the Florida State Boxing Commission.

McLaughlin, a former U.S. Army Special Forces soldier, wore a T-shirt after the fight that said  “End Trans Genocide.”

End Trans Genocide t-shirt Alana McLaughlin
Alana McLaughlin

Prior to the fight, McLaughlin said, “I want to pick up the mantle that Fallon put down,” referring to Fallon Fox, who was the first trans MMA fighter.

McLaughlin also stated, “Right now, I’m following in Fallon’s footsteps. I’m just another step along the way and it’s my great hope that there are more to follow behind me.”

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Alana McLaughlin while in the U.S. Army

Fallon Fox retired from competing in professional MMA in 2014 after controversy surrounding her career as a fighter. Specifically, there was widespread debate on whether Fox should have disclosed her transgender status to her opponents. The controversy surrounding Fox heated up significantly after Fox broke opponent Tamikka Brent’s skull in a fight in 2014. After the fight, Brent stated:

“I have struggled with many women and I have never felt the strength I felt in a fight like that night. I can’t answer whether it’s because she was born a man or not because I’m not a doctor. I can only say that I have never felt so dominated in my life and that I am an abnormally strong woman in my own right? I still disagree with Fox’s struggle. Any other job or career that I say I try, but when it comes to a combat sport I don’t think it’s fair.”

Alana McLaughlin
Alana McLaughlin

After the fight, McLaughlin said, “If we want to see more trans athletes, if we want to see more opportunities for trans kids, we’re going to have to work out way into those spaces and make it happen. 

McLaughlin then added, “It’s time for trans folks to be in sports and be more normalized.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nlToXlhEvks
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Joe Rogan Discusses Jocko Willink and David Goggins

Joe Rogan Marcus Luttrell

On episode 1622 of the Joe Rogan Experience, Joe Rogan had a very interesting conversation with former Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell about Jocko Willink and David Goggins. As we explain below, there are a number of valuable lessons that can be taken from this entertaining conversation.

Jocko Willink and David Goggins
Jocko Willink and David Goggins

Who is Jocko Willink?

Jocko is a former United States Navy Seal and co-authored a New York Times bestseller titled:“How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win.”

Jocko Willink
Jocko Willink

Who is David Goggins?

David is also a former United States Navy SEAL, but he is also the only person to complete the elite training programs for all three branches: U.S. Navy SEAL training, U.S. Army Ranger School, and U.S. Air Force Tactical Air Controller training.

David Goggins
David Goggins

They Never Stop Training

Joe starts with a small look into just how motivated Jocko Willink is in everyday life:

“Jocko’s listening to metal at 4:30 in the morning, and he’s doing dips and muscle ups.”

It’s not surprising when you hear Jocko speak because the man always seems to be hyped up on a whole other level. Luttrell then goes on to talk about David Goggins and how he is always pushing him.

“He’ll never stop running. I don’t think he can. He might be one of the hardest dudes on the planet.”

Both men excel in their goals because they dedicate so much time to training. It’s really incredible.

David Goggins is Fuel to Inspire Other People

According to Joe Rogan, David’s motivation doesn’t just stop with himself. He tries to lift up everyone around him.

“Goggins will send me text messages out of nowhere [that read]: ‘I’m just letting you know to stay hard.’”

David Goggins
David Goggins

According to Rogan, David Goggins claims to feel something moving through him that pushes him to his maximum every single day. Maybe people might see it as hyperbolic, but not Joe:

“It sounds like it’s an exaggeration, but I don’t think it is. I think there’s something that’s moving through him that is forcing other people to action. It makes him greater than just an individual. It makes him almost like an antenna. He’s beaming in the power of discipline and the benefit that it has on a human being.”

This is the power of an inspirational person. They have a presence that gets the most out of not only themselves, but everyone around them. All of the greatest leaders in history share this trait. So no, it’s definitely not hyperbole.

Luttrell then goes on to talk about David’s toughness to add to his already impressive skillset:

“My favorite one [story about David’s toughness] was when they took his shoes off during one of his races. He was bleeding through his toenails. And someone said, ‘That’s like hamburger down there. You probably gotta be in a lot of pain. You should quit.’ He’s like, ‘Why would pain make me quit?’”

Why the World Needs Tough People Like Willink and Goggins

People like Willink and Goggins don’t come around often, and Joe explains why people like these guys are an essential part of a team:

“You need the guys like that. You want [guys who] get up at 4:30 in the morning and put themselves through hell. Jocko’s listening to metal at 4:30 in the morning and he’s doing dips and muscle ups. Dude we need those guys.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdPK8Ys_yyA&t=39s
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