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[VIDEO] NFL Star Tamba Hali Cross-Trains With the Gracies

(Video via The Gracie Academy’s YouTube page)

It seems like more and more professional ball players of every stripe are taking up Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and MMA training in their off-seasons. Rarely, however, have we gotten much more than general interview references to the training they are doing.

Jiu Jitsu and salesmen extraordinaires (seriously, Rener could probably sell you your own urineRener and Ryron Gracie, sons of UFC founder Rorian Gracie, bring us a pretty great inside look at the fight training that at least one NFL star has been doing this past off-season. On the latest episode of their YouTube series, The Gracie Way, Rener and Ryron train with their student and Kansas City Chief All-Pro outside linebacker, Tamba Hali.

It looks like Hali has really bought in to “The Gracie Way.” The 270 pound giant is focused not on getting bigger and stronger, but on getting leaner and more wholistic in his approach to health, it seems as he reveals that he has lost fifteen pounds so far training with the Gracies.

First, Hali does some hill runs, alternately pulling and pushing Ryron, who is on a skate board, up-hill. We also see Hali eat some of Rener’s sandwiches and acai bowls as well as training in a gi at their Gracie Academy.

Hali not only rolls with the Gracies and other students in the video, but also with former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida. Check all that out, plus Halis reflections on his training and life style over haul and his blue belt ceremony.

Then, get out there and do some training yourself on this Sunday afternoon. Only, you know, leave your computer on CagePotato and come back real quick to check out more later because we’re needy and start missing you quickly.

- Elias Cepeda

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dranokills- July 21, 2013 at 4:56 pm
You know, the more I watch Anderson Silva I think he is slightly mentally retarded. He ACTS like something is just not right in his brain. He is not normal...and not in a cool sorta way either.
snakey- July 21, 2013 at 3:19 pm
Why is Cagepotato covering this sort of story but not covering Fight Master, in the way it covers TUF? It's actually a lot more watchable format than TUF and interesting to see how the different coaches operate and influence their fighters. CP can't be MMA snobs and then have an article like this one. What's the story?
Austin3210- July 21, 2013 at 12:18 pm
Hali is a beast on the field. Can't even imagine what it'd be like to roll with that dude.
Pen Fifteen- July 21, 2013 at 11:49 am
A couple ex-NFLers train at my gym. Even at 50 pounds below their playing weight, it scares the shit out of me to roll with these guys. They're just beastly strong.