If you can't beat them, join them. Starting BJJ at 70

Have you ever heard of Ron Van Clief? Old school martial arts fans may remember him as the kung fu action star in the 1974 "The Black Dragon" movie. Original MMA fans may remember him as the 51 yr old who fought Royce Gracie back at UFC 4 in 1994. That fight didn't play out for him as well as his movie did. Royce won that match with a Rear Naked Choke. Well, Van Clief decided to start training Gracie Jiu Jitsu with Royce's brother Relson Gracie. He is now 77 and currently lives in Hawaii and trains with his son. When Ron was 72 yrs old he competed at a BJJ Tournament in Honolulu. He later earned his Purple belt in BJJ under Master Relson Gracie. 

Ron started training martial arts in the 50's with Goju-Ryu Karate. He became a 5 time karate world champion. He served in the Marines with a tour in Vietnam back in 1965. Followed by becoming a New York Police Officer for 3 years. It is said that Bruce Lee himself gave Ron the nick name "The Black Dragon" back when they trained together in Hong Kong.


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