I had no idea who Henry Akins was. Then I ran into this video of him.
It sparked enough curiosity to find this interview of him from onthemat.com. It’s interesting how similar he is to Pedro Sauer (another Rickson black belt) in terms of stressing self-defense in jiu-jitsu.
Actually, that’s a recurring theme I find in instructors that have a close direct lineage with either Carlos or Helio Gracie (more so Helio). Although I have to admit even Alliance Jiu Jitsu, which is currently the competition champs in all major world tournaments, has self-defense requirements of its students for promotion.