Does this mean we never need to slow down?
“Well, not exactly. You do have to pace yourself as you age, but this should come naturally for people. You can’t expect to be 50 and train on equal terms with a 25 year-old – that’s impossible.”
The key, Mauricio says, is learning that it is okay to tap.
“You have to leave your ego aside man,” he said. “If you get caught it doesn’t mean anything. You have nothing to prove after a certain age. So if you get submitted for some reason, you just have to learn and move on.”
This philosophy can help in everyday life, too.
“I apply the principles of our martial art in everything I do. Every movement should be executed with the greatest efficiency and the minimum stress. The less strain you put on your body, the more relaxed you are, and the better you move – this is important, no matter whether you are fighting, or just walking down the street.”