The Gracie family is to mixed martial arts what the Manning family is to football; that is, royalty. So when you have a chance to learn from an established name in a sport like the Gracies in MMA, you would be a fool quite frankly not to take advantage of it.
Thankfully, Steve Adornato's Reisterstown Jiu-Jitsu instructor Steve Adornato decided to seize the opportunity to learn from the legendary MMA family and attended a seminar taught by Rickson Gracie.
Adornato mentions that during a discussion about the current state of MMA, Gracie "stated that he disagrees 100% with the notion that you need to train anything other than [sic] Gracie Jiu Jitsu to succeed in MMA. You simply need to know how to pull the match into the Jiu-Jitsu realm."
While the Gracies were the forefathers of the MMA we know and love today, the sport has evolved as they tend to do and the Gracies' influence has been discounted in some circles, or at least unintentionally neglected.
Fighters still learn jiu-jitsu as part of their training but there are so many styles incorporated into MMA that it is not the only method taught. However, I still think Gracie jiu-jitsu is an essential component of MMA, so I think Rickson can afford to take a deep breath and relax a little. I think the Gracies will always have their mark in the world MMA.
You can see a member of the Gracie family compete at UFC 112 in Abu Dhabi this weekend. Renzo Gracie will take on former UFC welterweight champion Matt Hughes.