What would make Rickson tremble with fear?
According to Rickson Gracie, fear is a natural emotion for humans and can even be beneficial if treated with serenity, respect and intelligence.
"It's like a sign that says, 'Don't forget: There's a dog here'," he explains. "Fear is often an ally, our friend, given that it works for our self-preservation. Fear is the feeling that brings us back to reality."
Quite different from that is panic, a state that paralyzes the person and stops them from trying, from being free and happy.
But how should we go about not letting hesitation, insecurity and panic take over our mind when we need our bravery the most? Rickson knows it:
"In jiu-jitsu, training session by training session, challenge by challenge, I learned to differentiate fear from lack of confidence. Paralyzing fear only arises in the face of what we don't understand. We feel fear when confronted with what we don't know, what we don't trust."
Rickson goes on to give a clear, and fun, example: