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Learn, get inspired and laugh with Renzo Gracie on his 49th birthday

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Renzo Gracie is the perfect definition of a living legend.

Jiu-Jitsu black belt, fighter, academy owner, father, husband, trainer, menthor and all around nice guy, it’s hard to find someone who does not like him.

Renzo is also one of the best interviews around and GRACIEMAG never missed an opportunity to talk with him.

Here are seven great quotes by him and also some of the greatest moments in his career.

“Jiu-Jitsu is not only the way to make a living, but to be equal to everyone else. When you’re in there, there’s no color, race, religion.”

“I fight to stimulate my boys. It’s not even the pleasure of brawling, but the pleasure of reaching a higher level of knowledge and make my sport more well known.”

“Fighters have to have blood in their eye. Whenever things get rough, it’s time to find your way out.”

“Brother, my claws are sharp since the day I was born. I was born naked, hungry, kicking and screaming. I’m way ahead in the game and that’s why I still have the same disposition I had when i was a kid.”

“Fighting MMA is a form of evolving. It’s the hallowed ground where you are going to try your resources and find out what works and what doesn’t work and also find a way to make things work better.”

“Jiu-Jitsu is all about finishing your opponent and in order to do that you need imagination. I think the secret is to let your imagination flow and allow Jiu-Jitsu to be everything and everything to be Jiu-Jitsu.”

“Despite the result, it was the most fun fight I had in my life.”

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