Martin Stepanek, one of the world’s all time greatest divers, attended last night’s Fundaments class in North Miami Beach, taught by Head Professor Pedro Valente. Invited by Valente Brothers blue belts and expert divers, Brett Scaglione and Jared Schmelzer, Martin was very impressed with the simplicity and efficiency of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. After the class, the divers commented on the similarities between diving and Jiu-JItsu. According to them, both activities rely on extreme levels of patience and the ability to relax under pressure.
Among Martin’s most amazing feats are his world records in 2001 and 2005. In 2001 he established his first world record with a static apnea performance of 8:06, in layman’s terms, he held his breath under water for over 8 minutes. In 2005 he set another world record diving 136 meters (446 feet). From 2001 to 2009, he set over 11 World Records across several diving disciplines.
Watch the video below as Martin breaks another world record in 2007 and remember, next time you are on the bottom mount, relax and wait for the right time to escape.