A user named kidfr0mda516 posted this on jiujitsuforums.com. I love seeing these old pictures. Look Nino Schembri as a blue! Roleta and Feitosa as purples! My instructor Draculino is at the bottom as well, as a brown! Great stuff!
I went to train tonight. Which was The first time since December 27th. It was great, and I’ll document my pain shortly. But I also cornered Draculino for a few minutes and asked him about this picture for the blog.
Basically, Draculino told me that he was at home studying and Big Head called him and said, “hey Man! what are you doing tomorrow?” And Draculino told him he was studying, and Joao (big head) was like f*** that! Rickson is coming tomorrow and you were personally asked for to attend.. You Nino, me. Gordo..etc… He wants all these guys there. Draculino thought it was all bullshit and that Joao was full of it, but he showed up the next day anyway.
They were all standing around for a good while and no Rickson. Draculino was like you sons of bitches! you lied! I knew Rickson wasn’t coming! and a few other guys started in giving Joao a hard time, and then here comes Rickson strolling in with his long hair, simultaneously putting it back in a rubberband, and they all were like. Oh s***! and instantly shutup. Rickson apparently walked in all casual like just chillin and Renzo was there and was like. Rickson? what do you want do do? And rickson was like…umm…well…I guess I dunno…i guess I’ll just roll with everybody. And apparently he rolled with them all one after another with no real breaks for about 3 hours solid.
Rolling with spazzy white belts would be hell for 3 hours but imagine rolling with blackbelts that long…oh man…
Anyway, Rickson proceeds to tap them all multiple times. All with basic stuff. He used nothing flashy except a helicopter type sweep on Nino from scissor position that send Nino into a full flip nearly with Rickson landing on top.
Draculino also mentioned that Rickson would let himself get into bad positions against them. Against all these guys! These guys were some of the best around at that time and he would let them mount, or get side control, and he would just simply bide his time,, then escape and submit. Draculino was mentioning how Rickson just let him get to side control and he had a super tight control and thought he could maintain it for a while and the next thing he knew he was swept and tapping.
it really was a great story and Draculino was very animated while telling it, and you can tell he has nothing but admiration for Rickson and he said, “No matter what you hear anyone say, Rickson is one of a kind, I never felt someone with his control in my life.”