Remind me that when I die I want to be reincarnated as Rorion Gracie‘s next son. That way my job will require me to spend a lot of time on the mats training jiu-jitsu, get flown around the world to talk about jiu-jitsu, and occasionally shoot huge guns while I’m not being shot at by someone else.
Rorion Gracie’s sons Rener and Ryron have travelled in the past, like this trip to Iraq in 2008, to instruct men and women in uniform how to protect themselves against attackers in self defense scenarios. Now it looks like they were asked to leave the sun of Los Angeles, put on some warm clothes, and share their knowledge with the hardy State Troopers in the great northern wilderness of Alaska.
Even though you and I were not invited to go along with the guys, we should be able to feel as if we were there because their trip was put together by National Geographic’s Alaska State Troopers television show. (This is the part where you get up, go to your DVR / Tivo / technology box and set it to record!) NatGeo’s Alaska State Troopers show is already a regular in our house, so it will be a treat to have it include our favorite topic, jiu-jitsu. Actually, come to think of it, I can picture my wife rolling her eyes, saying, “MORE jiu-jitsu around here?!?”
In the video embedded above, Ryron and Rener share some footage that they captured while on the trip. You can see the brothers teaching grappling in the show, discovering bald eagles, and yes, shooting big automatic rifles. You have to admit that sounds pretty fun.
I don’t know about you, but I have been to Alaska (check out this image from 2003 in Denali State Park and note the t-shirt) and it is really worth at least one visit during your life.
Once you’ve seen the show, come back here and let us know your thoughts in the comments!