Rener Gracie has just released a book entitled ‘The 32 Principles’, but the actual content of the book might surprise people. There are a huge number of books about either the practice or instruction of BJJ available for both beginners and advanced practitioners, but Rener’s new book focuses on something else entirely. Instead of being a simple technical guide or even a historical account of the sport, ‘The 32 Principles’ actually focuses more on what Jiu-Jitsu can teach you off the mats instead of on it.
He’s been working on the book for over two years, including a long time spent personally recording the audiobook himself too. While the obvious target for any BJJ book is those who practice the sport, Rener has also spent some time making sure that people who don’t practice the sport can get value out of it too. Because an understanding of each of the physical principles he’s referring to is necessary in order to understand the application to the rest of your life, he’s also included QR codes in each chapter that take the reader to videos of him breaking down those principles in Jiu-Jitsu.
While Rener Gracie is far from the first BJJ personality to write a book, ‘The 32 Principles’ is pretty unique in the way it approaches the sport. It’ll no doubt be an interesting read and it’s likely that many BJJ coaches and practitioners would agree with the sentiments inside. The idea that Jiu-Jitsu can teach everyone a wide range of lessons that they can use off the mats as well as on them is a popular one. In fact, the foreword for the book was written by Jocko Willink and he’s shared his own thoughts on how important a BJJ gym membership is in the past.
Rener Gracie announced the news that he was releasing his book, ‘The 32 Principles’, in a recent post to his official Instagram account: