Since OTAs and minicamp concluded, NFL players have spent the past month working out and training on their own. Like every NFL player, Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Tamba Hali stayed in shape, but he went through some unique training this past offseason.
Hali, a three-time Pro Bowl linebacker, spent part of his summer hanging out with Rener and Ryron Gracie, members of the legendary Gracie family who created Brazilian/Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. Hali went to visit the Gracie Academy in Southern California, which is operated by Rener and Ryron with the help of family members and close friends.
The Gracie family recently uploaded a 17-minute YouTube video of Hali training with the Gracie brothers.
One of Hali's workouts consisted of him running up a hill with a harness attached to him and a rope hanging loose. The challenge for Hali was pulling up Rener and Ryron, who alternated staying on a skateboard and held on to a handle attached to the rope.
Another unique workout Hali went through was staying on top of an exercise ball as Rener approaches him and the two practice self-defense techniques while Hali maintains his balance.
As you can see below, Hali struggled with his balance early on.
In the 17-minute YouTube video, Hali said that training with Rener and Ryron and learning Jiu-Jitsu helped him lose 15 lbs. This is due to a mix of training with Rener and Ryron and committing to the "Gracie Diet," which features Rener's custom-made "Renergy Sandwich."
The entire summer wasn't all work and training. The Gracie brothers and Hali attended UFC 162 earlier this summer in Las Vegas.
Hali capped off his summer by earning a blue belt in Jiu-Jitsu.
Hali can only train with the Gracie brothers during the summer due to football taking up his time from August through early June with training camp, the NFL season and offseason spring practices. But he continues to train with his limited schedule.
Click here to watch Hali's first time training with Rener in 2007. Hali mentions that he learned about Jiu-Jitsu and the Gracie Academy through his financial adviser. After his rookie season, Hali accepted the challenge and has trained with Rener and Ryron since 2007. In this video, Hali said that Jiu-Jitsu will help him with his leverage and get around offensive linemen more quickly in the NFL.