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Best Gracie Fighters оf All Time: 10 Top Gracie Family Contenders

Best Gracie Fighters оf All Time: 10 Top Gracie Family Contenders

When discussing the pioneers of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, the Gracie family is regarded as the highest place. Legendary names like Royce, Rickson, Carlos, and Helio helped pave the way for BJJ  to spread all over Brazil and North region of America. In addition, the contributions of the Gracie family in BJJ and MMA (UFC) are universally acknowledged. Gracie's family raised a number of BJJ Masters and invincible superstars.

1. Contribution of Gracie's Family to Combat Sports

Whenever people name Jiu-Jitsu, the Gracie family becomes part of the discussion. The reason behind the popularity of the Gracie family is their efforts towards Jiu-Jitsu. From the rough slums of Rio de Janeiro to the glittering lights of Las Vegas, the Gracie family has literally battled their way to the top. The Gracies, popularly known as “the creators of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu”, are innovators in the combat sporting world. Gracie's family also has the honor of introducing Jiu-Jitsu to the international circle. Keep reading this article to know how the Gracie family developed the roots of Jiu-Jitsu.

Helio Gracie and his elder brother Carlos Gracie are the founders of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu who created the first Jiu-Jitsu academy (Gracie Barra). Carlos Gracie Jr. (son of Carlos Gracie Sr.) made the IBJJF, and Rorion Gracie (son of Helio Gracie) co-founded the UFC.

There are hundreds, if not thousands, who directly received the black belts from Gracie family ancestry. The Gracies have unquestionably had a profound impact on combat sports history. Practitioners of all ages are still getting inspiration from their legacy.

Are you familiar with the top 10 Gracie fighters of all time in Jiu-Jitsu? Let’s have a look at the best BJJ fighters from the Gracie family.

2. Top 10 Gracie Family Contenders

2.1. Royce Gracie- An Irreplaceable MMA Legend

Royce Gracie- An Irreplaceable MMA Legend

A Brief Introduction of Royce Gracie

Name Royce Gracie
Nickname N/A
Date of Birth 12 December 1966
Nationality Brazilian
Born Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Age 56 Years
College/University N/A
Profession Martial Artist
Last Fight 2016
Last Weigh in 80 Kg (176 lbs)
Weight Class Division (Welterweight) 80 Kg (176 lbs)
Height 6 ft
MMA Record 15-2-3
Career Disclosed Earning N/A
Fought Out of Torrance, California, United States
Foundational Style Gracie Jiu-Jitsu
Belt Rank Coral Belt (7th Degree Red & Black Belt)
Awarded by Helio Gracie
Head Coach Helio Gracie
Lineage Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Royce Gracie
Team Gracie Humaitá
Team/Association Gracie Jiu-Jitsu/Carlson Gracie

Royce Gracie Early Life

Royce Gracie is the iconic figure of modern MMA and a pioneer to spread the BJJ all over the globe. He also won 3 UFC championships and multiple Vale Tudo tournaments. Royce was born on 12 December 1966, in the house of Helio Gracie who is one of the founders of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

How Royce Gracie Started BJJ Training?

Being the son of a legendary Master of Jiu-Jitsu, BJJ had become a part of his life. Royce Gracie grew up watching his brothers, father, and uncles who were also BJJ champions. So, grappling was not a new thing for him. Royce Gracie started his BJJ journey as a toddler and won the local juvenile tournament at age of 8. Being a brilliant student and grappler, he was able to teach grappling techniques at the tender age of 14. Royce Gracie was awarded Blue Belt at the age of  16 and received Black Belt on his 18th birthday. This extraordinarily rapid increase in the ranking of the belt showed the excellent grappling skills of Royce Gracie.

Royce Gracie MMA Career

After receiving a black belt in BJJ, Royce Gracie decided to go to the US and joined his brother, Rorion Gracie who founded the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) along with his business friends. Royce Gracie showcased his phenomenal performance in the first UFC championship by defeating an opponent who was twice his size. This championship proved to be a signature tournament for him that made him an even more intimidating and recognizable BJJ figure.

Royce's stunning performance motivated him to continue his struggle. He participated in the second, third, and fourth tournaments of UFC and won titles in the 2nd and 4th championships. He was awarded the Coral Belt (7th-degree Red & Black belt) in recognition of his phenomenal performances.

After the death of his father (Helio Gracie), Royce Gracie hung his coral belt and started wearing a navy blue belt as the representative of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu (navy blue belt used for the instructors and white belt for students before the formation of the Jiu-Jitsu Federation).

Accomplishments of Royce Gracie

  • First Tournament Champion in UFC History
  • The Winner of the longest fight in UFC History (36 minutes)
  • Most Tournament Wins in UFC History (Eleven)
  • Most Fights in a Single Night in UFC History (Four)
  • Highest Submissions-Per-Win Percentage in UFC History (10 submissions / 11 wins - 90.91%)
  • Champion of the Longest Fight in Pride History (90 minutes)
  • Received World MMA Awards of 2013
  • UFC Hall of Famer (2003)
  • Awarded Fight Matix of the Year 1993

2.2. Roger Gracie-An Unbeatable Submission Grappler

Roger Gracie-An Unbeatable Submission Grappler

A Brief Introduction of Roger Gracie

Name Roger Gracie Gomes
Nickname N/A
Date of Birth 26 September 1981
Nationality Brazilian
Born Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Age 41 years
College/University N/A
Profession Martial Artist & Jiu-Jitsu Instructor
Last Fight 2017
Last Weigh in 84 Kg (186 lbs)
Weight Class Division Super Heavyweight  84 Kg (186 lbs)
Height 6 ft 4 inches
Career Disclosed Earning N/A
Fought Out of London, England
Favorite Technique Cross Choke from the Mount Position
Foundational Style Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
MMA Record 8-2
Belt Rank 5th Degree Black Belt
Awarded by Carlos “Carlinhos” Gracie Jr.
Head Coach Carlos “Carlinhos” Gracie Jr.
Lineage Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Carlos Gracie Junior > Roger Gracie
Team/Association Roger Gracie Academy, Gracie Barra, Evolve MMA

Roger Gracie Biography

Roger Gracie is a retired MMA fighter and former professional Jiu-Jitsu athlete generally recognized as one of the sport's Greatest of All the Time (GOAT). This reputation of Roger on the mats was cemented by his ten (10) International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) World Championship titles as a black belt and four (4) championship titles in the colored belt divisions. One of Roger Gracie's defining characteristics was his ability to commit to submission.

Roger Gracie’s Early Life

Roger Gracie is the son of 8th-degree coral belt holder Mauricio Gomes and the maternal grandson of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu founder, Carlos Gracie. He is one of the most decorated BJJ fighters, born on 26 September 1981 in the state of Brazil. Being a member of the Gracie family, he had a deep love for martial arts and started BJJ training in his early childhood.

Roger Gracie’s Career in Martial Arts

Roger Gracie moved to London, in his teens and joined his father's Gracie Barra academy (the first Jiu-Jitsu academy in the UK). He continued his training at the Gracie Barra academy and won the world championship at a Blue Belt level.

In 2001, Roger Gracie was promoted to Purple Belt after winning the world championship. At the end of 2001, while continuing his winning streak, Roger won the national Jiu-Jitsu Championship at a Brown Belt level. Roger Gracie's extraordinary performance on national and international grounds made him an unbeatable grappler. He won the Black Belt at the age of 22 from his coach and uncle Carlos Gracie Jr.

Accomplishments of Roger Gracie

Roger Gracie became one of the extraordinary grapplers of the Gracie family by holding 14 World Jiu-Jitsu Championship titles (10 as a black belt), three gold and five silver medals in the open weight class. He also has a record of never being submitted in 20 years of his Jiu-Jitsu career. In May 2014, he was inducted into the IBJJF Hall of Fame.

Roger Gracie became the first individual to be inducted into the ADCC Hall of Fame on November 14, 2021, in reward for his two gold medals at the 2005 ADCC world championship and his super fight triumph in 2007.

In July 2022, Roger Gracie also secured his fifth stripe on his BJJ black belt awarded by his father, Grand Master Mauricio Gomes.

Roger Gracie’s Main Achievements in BJJ

  • 10 x IBJJF World Champion
  • 2 x IBJJF Pan American Champion
  • 2 x IBJJF European Open Champion
  • 2nd Place in IBJJF World Championship
  • 2nd Place in IBJJF Pan Championship
  • 2 x Brazilian National Champion

Main Achievements of Roger Gracie in Wrestling

  • 2 x ADCC Submission Fighting World Champion
  • ADCC Superfight Champion
  • 3rd Place in ADCC Submission Fighting World Championship
  • One Light Heavyweight World Championship

2.3. Kron Gracie- Legend of Grappling World

Kron Gracie- Legend of Grappling World

A Brief Introduction of Kron Gracie

Name Kron Gracie
Nickname Ice Cream Kron
Date of Birth 11 July 1988
Nationality Brazilian
Born Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Residence Los Angeles, California,
Age 34 Years
College/University N/A
Profession Martial Artist
Last Fight 12 October 2019
Last Weigh in 145 lbs
Weight Class Division Featherweight (66 Kg, 145 lbs)
Height 5 ft 9 inches
Career Disclosed Earning Approximately $152,000 USD
Fought Out of Los Angeles, California
Foundational Style Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
MMA Record 5-1
Belt Rank Black Belt
Awarded by Rickson Gracie
Head Coach Rickson Gracie
Trainer Nate Diaz
Lineage Kano Jigoro → Mitsuyo "Count Koma" Maeda → Carlos Gracie → Helio Gracie → Rickson Gracie → Kron Gracie
Team/Association Rickson Gracie

Kron Gracie Early Life

Kron Gracie, grandson of Jiu-Jitsu grandmaster Helio Gracie and youngest son of Rickson Gracie was born on 11 July 1988. He spent most of his life in Los Angeles, California despite having Brazilian nationality.

Kron Gracie Record in BJJ

Kron Gracie was born with athletic characteristics due to his sheer hard work and blood relation with the Gracie family who is known for his well-known accomplishments, records, and contributions in the combat sports world. In 2004, at age of 16, he was awarded a Blue Belt. After receiving the titles of IBJJF American National Jiu-Jitsu Champion, and Pan American Champion in 2005, he was awarded the Purple Belt. In 2006, Kron Gracie was promoted to Brown Belt after receiving the titles of multiple national and international Jiu-Jitsu championships. Kron Gracie competed as a brown belt for two years and was then promoted to Black Belt in 2008 at the age of 19. Kron Gracie devoted his next 5 years to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu after receiving the black belt.

Kron Gracie MMA Career

On 24 February 2014, Kron decided to pursue his career as an MMA fighter. He started training for his first MMA bout with Scrap Pack which is a group of fighters including Gilbert Melendez,  Gilbert Melendez, and Nick. Kron Gracie set an extraordinary record in his MMA debut by defeating the opponent in sixty-five seconds. He also made remarkable 4-0 records in MMA by defeating Asen Yamamoto, Hideo Tokoro, and Tatsuya Kawajiri.

Accomplishments of Kron Gracie in BJJ

Main Achievements as a Black Belt
Year Championship Medal
2009 IBJJF European Championship Gold Gold Medal Icon
2009 IBJJF Pan Championship Silver Silver Medal Icon
2011 IBJJF World Championship Silver Silver Medal Icon
2012 IBJJF Pan Championship Bronze Bronze Medal Icon
Main Achievements in Colored Belt
Year Championship Belt Medal
2004 IBJJF American National Championship Blue Gold Gold Medal Icon
2005 IBJJF Pan American Champion Purple Gold Gold Medal Icon
2006 IBJJF World Championship Purple Gold Gold Medal Icon
2006 South Bay Open Jiu-Jitsu Champion Purple Gold Gold Medal Icon
2006 CBJJO World Cup Champion Purple Gold Gold Medal Icon
2006 NAGA Chicago Championship Purple Gold Gold Medal Icon
2006 Annual Gracie United Tournament Purple Gold Gold Medal Icon
2007 IBJJF Pan American Champion Brown Gold Gold Medal Icon
2007 IBJJF World Championship Brown Gold Gold Medal Icon
2008 IBJJF Pan American Champion Brown Gold Gold Medal Icon
2008 Rickson Gracie Cup Brown Gold Gold Medal Icon

Accomplishments of Kron Gracie in MMA

Year Championship Weight Division Medal
2011 ADCC Submission Wrestling Championships Under 77 Kg Bronze Bronze Medal Icon
2013 ADCC Submission Fighting World Championship Under 77 Kg Gold Gold Medal Icon

2.4. Royler Gracie - King of BJJ’s Featherweight Division

Royler Gracie - King of BJJ’s Featherweight Division

A Brief Introduction of Royler Gracie

Name Royler Gracie
Nickname N/A
Date of Birth 6 December 1965
Nationality Brazilian & American
Born Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Residence San Diego, California
Age 57 Years
College/University N/A
Profession Martial Artist
Last Fight 2016 in Metamoris 3 against Eddie Bravo
Last Weigh in 165 lbs
Weight Class Division Featherweight (160 lbs   , 73 Kg)
Height 5 ft 7.5-inches
Career Disclosed Earning N/A
Fought Out of Brazil
Foundational Style Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
MMA Record 5-5-1
Belt Rank 8th-Degree Red/White Coral Belt
8th Degree Coral Belt Awarded by his Brothers Roller & Rickson
Black Belt Awarded by Master Helio Gracie
Head Coach Master Helio Gracie
Lineage Kano Jigoro → Tomita Tsunejiro → Mitsuyo "Count Koma" Maeda → Carlos Gracie → Helio Gracie → Royler Gracie
Team/Association Gracie Humaita, Victory MMA

Royler Gracie is the son of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Grandmaster Helio Gracie and a submission wrestling legend. He became the first "King of BJJ's Featherweight Division," setting the record. He succeeded as a teacher while running the Gracie Humaitá academy in Rio de Janeiro, where he helped shape the careers of future BJJ fighters such as "Megaton" Dias, Alexandre Ribeiro, Omar Salum, Renato Barreto, and many more. Royler relocated to San Diego, California (USA) in 2010 and devoted his life to coaching Jiu-Jitsu.

Royler Gracie’s Contribution to BJJ

Royler Gracie had deep affection and passion to practice the techniques of Jiu-Jitsu. His love for BJJ comes from his family roots who introduced the world to a new era of grappling. Royler Gracie started practicing Jiu-Jitsu during his childhood at the age of 7. Rolls Gracie, who is the cousin of Royler Gracie, played an important role in training and sharpening his grappling skills. The motivation and encouragement to pursue the strenuous exercise from the Roll urged the Royler to become a top-tier grappler of his generation.

Role of Helio Gracie In Royler Gracie's Success

Being the godfather of Jiu-Jitsu, Heilo desired to make his sons formidable fighters. Royler Gracie always took pressure before going on the mat. He encouraged him by saying, if you win, I’ll give you 5 dollars. If you lose, don’t get worried, I’ll give you 10 dollars. This practice eliminated the fear of Royler Gracie and turned him into an extraordinary grappler.

Royler Gracie’s Supreme Training    

Royler, who was constantly looking for ways to improve his BJJ skills, trained extensively in Judo at both Sion (formerly Vasco da Gama) and the Regatas Flamengo club to strengthen his foundation and excel in the advanced BJJ techniques. He eventually competed in Japanese Martial arts and won a silver medal at the Judo Brazilian Nationals. Royler Gracie is also the director of the Gracie Humaita association and created top world champions through his elite coaching.

Accomplishments of Royler Gracie

Year Championship Weight Division Belt Medal
1996 IBJJF World Jiu-Jitsu Championship Featherweight Black Gold Gold Medal Icon
1997 IBJJF World Jiu-Jitsu Championship Featherweight Black Gold Gold Medal Icon
1997 IBJJF World Jiu-Jitsu Championship Absolute Black Bronze Bronze Medal Icon
1997 IBJJF Pan American Championship Featherweight Black Gold Gold Medal Icon
1998 IBJJF World Jiu-Jitsu Championship Featherweight Black Gold Gold Medal Icon
1999 IBJJF World Jiu-Jitsu Championship Featherweight Black Gold Gold Medal Icon
1999 Pan American Championship Featherweight Black Gold Gold Medal Icon
1999 ADCC World Championship -65 Kg Black Gold Gold Medal Icon
2000 ADCC World Championship -65 Kg Black Gold Gold Medal Icon
2001 ADCC World Championship -65 Kg Black Gold Gold Medal Icon

2.5. Renzo Gracie- A Drill Instructor

Renzo Gracie- A Drill Instructor

A Brief Introduction of Renzo Gracie

Name Renzo Gracie
Nickname N/A
Date of Birth 11 March 1967
Nationality Brazilian
Born Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Residence Holmdel Township, New Jersey, US
Age 55 Years
College/University N/A
Profession Martial Artist
Last Fight 27 July 201 4
Last Weigh in 82 kg, 180  lbs
Weight Class Division Peso Medio 82 kg, (181 lbs)
Height 5 ft 10 inches
Career Disclosed Earning N/A
Fought Out of New York, United States
Foundational Style Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Submission Wrestling, MMA, Judo
MMA Record 14-7-1-1
Favorite Technique Guillotine
Belt Rank 7th-Degree Red & White Coral  Belt
Awarded by Carlos Gracie Jr.
Head Coach Carlos Gracie Jr.
Lineage Mitsuyo Maeda → Carlos Gracie, Sr. → Helio Gracie → Rolls Gracie → Carlos Gracie Jr. → Renzo Gracie
Team/Association Renzo Gracie BJJ

Renzo Gracie is a Jiu-Jitsu black belt from the famed Gracie family and one of the real martial arts legends. Renzo Gracie flourished as a competitor in the 1990s, winning key tournaments like the ADCC (Abu Dhabi Combat Club) and multiple MMA battles in Japan, Brazil, and the United States. A well-known film on Renzo Gracie's career as a fighter featured him as its major subject.

Renzo Gracie's Contribution to Combat Sports

Renzo Gracie grew up in the house of BJJ founder Carlos Gracie (who is the grandfather of Renzo Gracie). Renzo Gracie also had the inherent athletic ability that encouraged him to perform out of the box. Renzo Gracie debuted at the age of 25 in the Brazilian Vale Tudo circuit. After that, Renzo left his hometown and moved to the US, and opened his Jiu-Jitsu academy. His academy rapidly gained fame in America due to the high-level coaching of Renzo Gracie. His potential coaching shaped the career of well-known MMA and BJJ fighters including John Danaher, Shawn Williams, Matt Serra, Ricardo Cachotao, and many more.

Accomplishments of Renzo Gracie

Renzo Gracie defended his titles in multiple national and international tournaments. He won 14 matches in his MMA career and the ADCC World Championships of 1998 and 2000. Renzo Gracie spent most of his career coaching and shaping the careers of world-class grapplers in his academy.

2.6. Kyra Gracie- An Iron Lady of Gracie Family

Kyra Gracie- An Iron Lady of Gracie Family

A Brief Introduction of Kyra Gracie

Name Kyra Gracie Guimarães
Nickname N/A
Date of Birth 29 May 1985
Nationality Brazilian
Born Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Age 37 Years
College/University N/A
Profession Martial Artist
Last Fight 2011 in IBJJF World Championship
Last Weigh in 58 kg / 141 lbs
Weight Class Division Peso Leve (58 kg / 141 lbs)
Height 5 ft 7 inches
Career Disclosed Earning Approximately $1.5 million
Fought Out of Brazil
Foundational Style Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Belt Rank 4th-Degree Black Belt
Awarded by Carlos Gracie Jr.
Head Coach Carlos Gracie Jr.
Lineage Mitsuyo Maeda -> Carlos Gracie Sr. -> Carlos Gracie Junior -> Kyra Gracie
Team/Association Gracie Barra/Gracie Elite

Kyra Gracie is a 4th-degree black belt champion under Carlos Gracie Junior and the first female member of the legendary Gracie family who attained international acclaim as a skilled grappler. Kyra Gracie is the most prominent BJJ sports ambassador and one of the most talented icons in the Jiu-Jitsu world.

Kyra Gracie had already been recognized as one of the top Jiu-Jitsu competitors in the world in her early 20s, a reputation solidified by victories at major competitions including the World Jiu-Jitsu Championships, Pan American, and the ADCC Championships.

Kyra Gracie's Early Life

Kyra Gracie was born on 29th May 1985 in the second most populous city of Brazil, Rio de Janeiro. She has the honor of being the granddaughter of Robson Gracie who is the son of BJJ founder Carlos Gracie. Krya grew up in an athletic environment that had a deep influence on her.

Kyra Gracie’s Jiu-Jitsu Journey

She started Jiu-Jitsu practice at the age of 11 with a dedicated approach. Although Krya Gracie faced some conservative views from her family while pursuing her Jiu-Jitsu career. However, she stood firm against every hurdle and proved herself a fervent member of the Gracie family. Along with the BJJ practice, Krya also continued her law study. Later she left her law studies and devoted herself to martial arts. She also participated in Boxing, Judo, and Wrestling to complement her grappling skills.

Main Achievements of Kyra Gracie in Grappling

Year Championship Weight Division Medal
1998 BJJ New York State Championship N/A Gold Gold Medal Icon
1998 Brazilian Nationals Championship -60 Kg Gold Gold Medal Icon
1999 Brazilian Nationals Championship -60 Kg Gold Gold Medal Icon
1999 BJJ New York State Championship N/A Gold Gold Medal Icon
2000 BJJ New York State Championship -60 Kg Gold Gold Medal Icon
2000 Brazilian Nationals Championship -60 Kg Gold Gold Medal Icon
2001 BJJ New York State Championship N/A Gold Gold Medal Icon
2001 Brazilian Nationals Championship -60 Kg Gold Gold Medal Icon
2001 Pan-American Championship -70 Kg Gold Gold Medal Icon
2002 BJJ New York State Championship -60 Kg Gold Gold Medal Icon
2002 Pan-American Championship -70 Kg Gold Gold Medal Icon
2003 Pan-American Championship -70 Kg Gold Gold Medal Icon
2004 World Championship Championship -70 Kg Silver Silver Medal Icon
2005 ADCC World Championship -60 Kg Gold Gold Medal Icon
2005 Brazilian Nationals Championship -60 Kg Gold Gold Medal Icon
2005 Pan-American Championship -70 Kg Gold Gold Medal Icon
2006 Asian Championship champion -60 Kg Gold Gold Medal Icon
2006 World Championship Championship -76.5 Kg Gold Gold Medal Icon
2007 ADCC World Championship -60 Kg Gold Gold Medal Icon
2007 Pan-American Championship -76.5 Kg Gold Gold Medal Icon
2008 Brazilian Nationals Championship -76.5 Kg Gold Gold Medal Icon
2008 Brazilian Nationals Championship Absolute Gold Gold Medal Icon
2008 World Championship Championship -76.5 Kg Gold Gold Medal Icon
2008 World Championship Championship Absolute Gold Gold Medal Icon
2010 World Championship Championship -76.5 Kg Gold Gold Medal Icon
2011 ADCC World Championship -60 Kg Gold Gold Medal Icon

2.7. Founder & Grand Master Carlos Gracie (Late) 

Founder & Grand Master Carlos Gracie (Late) 

A Brief Introduction of the Founder: Great Master Carlos Gracie

Name Carlos Gracie
Nickname Pai Branco
Date of Birth 14 September 1902
Demise 7 October 1994
Nationality Brazilian
Born Belem, Para Brazil
College/University N/A
Profession Martial Artist
Last Weigh in 62 Kg
Weight Class Division 62 Kg
Height N/A
Career Disclosed Earning N/A
Fought Out of Brazil
Foundational Style Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Favorite Technique Armbar
Belt Rank 10th-Degree Red Belt
Awarded by Mitsuyo Maeda
Head Coach Mitsuyo Maeda
Lineage Mitsuyo Maeda -> Carlos Gracie
Team/Association Academia Gracie

“Think only about the best, work only for the best, and always expect the best.”
(Carlos Gracie)

Carlos Gracie was a Brazilian national who was a member of the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu academy, where he coached Jiu-Jitsu techniques and methods. As a well-known founder of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Carlos Gracie, who weighed 135 pounds and had an impressive fighting style, became a legend in Brazil and within the BJJ community worldwide because of his unbeatable record. He learned his fundamental self-defense methods under Mitsuyo Maeda.

Carlos Gracie’s Early Life

Carlos Gracie opened his eyes to the famous Gracie family on 14 September 1902. He was the first member of the Gracie family who started learning martial arts from his friend and master Mitsuyo Maeda. However, no one anticipated that Carlos Gracie had been making a historic and major contribution to the grappling world.

Carlos Gracie's Contribution to Martial Arts

Mitsuyo Maeda helped Carlos Gracie to learn grappling techniques and awarded him a Black Belt in 1997. Carlos Gracie was rightfully bestowed with the highest BJJ rank of a 10th-degree Red Belt.

Carlos and his brother (Helio Gracie) tried hard to strengthen the roots of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu by teaching grappling techniques in the mid-1920s in Belo, Brazil. The GrandMaster (late) Carlos decided to move to Sao Paulo to polish his grappling skills. Carlos also said to his students that thinking big can help them achieve remarkable success and he also implemented the same rule in his life. He left the world in 1994 by leaving an unforgettable legacy.

2.8. Grand Master Rolls Gracie (Late)- Unforgettable Legend of BJJ

Grand Master Rolls Gracie (Late)- Unforgettable Legend of BJJ

A Brief Introduction of Grand Master Rolls Gracie

Name Rolls Gracie
Nickname N/A
Date of Birth March 28, 1951
Demise June 6, 1982
Born Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
College/University N/A
Profession Martial Artist
Last Fight N/A
Last Weigh in 160 lbs
Weight Class Division 160 lbs
Height 5 ft 10 inches
Career Disclosed Earning N/A
Fought Out of N/A
Foundational Style Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Favorite Technique Guard Passing
Belt Rank 9th-Degree Red Belt in BJJ
Awarded by Helio Gracie
Head Coach Helio Gracie
Lineage Mitsuyo Maeda -> Carlos Gracie -> Helio Gracie -> Rolls Gracie
Affiliations Academia Gracie
Team/Association Academia Gracie

The pioneer of Jiu-Jitsu, Master Rolls Gracie was born on 28 March 1951 in Cidade Maravilhosa. He had Gracie’s blood in his vein which urged him to secure a higher rank in Jiu-Jitsu. Rolls Gracie was the son of Jiu-Jitsu founder, Carlos Gracie. He earned a reputation as the legendary grappler of his time. 

Rolls Gracie and Jiu-Jitsu

Rolls Gracie had the chance to travel to the USA, where he uplifted his Jiu-Jitsu skills. He also got the chance to visit other countries that played a major role in the development of his all-around elite grappling skills. Although Gracie's Jiu-Jitsu training mostly focused on defensive grappling, he began to innovate the style by incorporating moves from other martial arts into his Jiu-Jitsu style.

He thought that the difficulties of Jiu-Jitsu in Vale Tudo could not be met by simply depleting an opponent's energy via the use of submission grips and locks.

Rolls also established his Jiu-Jitsu academy to train the all-rounder grapplers of his time. His famous students who set high records in the grappling world include Carlos Gracie Jr., Rickson Gracie, Royler Gracie, and Rigan Machado. Rolls died in 1983 and left behind an unbeatable legacy.

Accomplishments of Rolls Gracie in Grappling

Year Championship Weight Division Medal
1973 Campeonato de Jiu-Jitsu da Guanabara Absolute Gold Gold Medal Icon
1974 Campeonato de Jiu-Jitsu da Guanabara Absolute Gold Gold Medal Icon
1975 Pan American Wrestling Championship (Freestyle) 68 Kg Gold Gold Medal Icon
1979 Pan American Sambo Championship 68 Kg Gold Gold Medal Icon
1979 Pan American Sambo Championship 68 Kg Gold Gold Medal Icon
1979 Pan American Wrestling Championship (Freestyle) 68 Kg Gold Gold Medal Icon
1980 Pan American Sambo Championship Absolute Bronze Bronze Medal Icon

2.9. Grand Master Helio Gracie (Late) - First Gracie’s Jiu-Jitsu Representative

Grand Master Helio Gracie (Late) - First Gracie’s Jiu-Jitsu Representative

A Brief Introduction of Helio Gracie

Name Helio Gracie
Nickname Cacula / Caxinguelê
Date of Birth October 1, 1913
Demise January 9, 2009
Nationality Brazilian
Born Belem do Para, Brazil
Height 5 ft 7 in
Weight 65 kg
Stance Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Catch Wrestling, Judo
Last Fight 1955
Weight Class N/A
Rank 10th-Degree Red Belt
Career Disclosed Earnings N/A
Fought out of Gracie Academy
College/University N/A
Trainer/Coach Donato Pires Dos Reis, Chugo Sato, Orlando Americo da Silva
Team Gracie Jiu-Jitsu
Favorite Technique Cross Choke
Foundational style Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Catch Wrestling, Judo
Lineage N/A

Helio Gracie is a 10th-Degree Red Belt and the most influential man in the history of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He was the father and master of countless BJJ fighters who brought the name of his family's profession to martial arts and mainstreamed the BJJ in the early 1900s. His ancestors and legacy are among the most illustrious in Jiu-Jitsu, and he is widely considered one of the founding fathers of the Brazilian grappling technique.

2.10. Master Carlson Gracie(Late)- 9th Degree Red Belt

Master Carlson Gracie(Late)- 9th Degree Red Belt

A Brief Introduction of Carlson Gracie

Name Formar Eduardo Gracie, Now Carlson Gracie
Nickname Carlsão
Date of Birth 13 August 1932
Nationality Brazilian
Born Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Demise 1 February 2006
College/University N/A
Profession Martial Artist
Last Fight N/A
Last Weigh in N/A
Weight Class Division 67kg to 72kg
Height 5 ft 11 inches
Career Disclosed Earning N/A
Fought Out of Rio de Janeiro Chicago, Illinois
Foundational Style Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
MMA Record 18-1
Belt Rank 9th Degree Red Belt
Awarded by Helio Gracie, Carlos Gracie
Head Coach Helio Gracie, Carlos Gracie
Lineage Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Carlson Gracie
Team/Association Gracie Jiu-Jitsu/Carlson Gracie

Carlson Gracie Biography

The devoted coach and passionate Gracie BJJ fighter, Carlson Gracie was born in Rio de Janeiro on 13 August 1932. He was a prominent member of the Gracie family and the eldest nephew of Helio Gracie who was the founder of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. Carlos Gracie was the father of the great Carlson Gracie and the confounder of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. Carlson’s red belt in Jiu-Jitsu is enough to show his fame and influence in combat sports.

Started Combat Sports

Carlson Gracie had a deep understanding of combat sports due to his family history. He also started his practice at the age of 5 from the open championship at Campeonato Aberto de Jiu-Jitsu e Luta Livre. At the age of 6, Carlson participated in his first local BJJ tournament on the recommendation and encouragement of his father and uncle.

Left His School

While participating in combat sports, Carlson lost his interest in academic studies. All these scenarios forced him to leave school at the age of 15.

Dedicated Fighter

After leaving his school, he decided to devote his dedication and enthusiasm to BJJ. His winning streaks on the mat became evidence of his dedication in the later days.

First Professional Fight

Carlson participated in his first professional open championship at the age of 18. After receiving the champion award. Carlson decided to help the drought victims with his revenue. Carlson challenged the fighters to compete with him even in the open division and defeated a 100kg opponent weighing 65kg.

Passionate Coach

Carlson was not only the best competitor of Gracie's family but also an exemplary and dedicated coach of his time. He got famous in his 30’s when he opened his own Jiu-Jitsu academy. Carlson’s academy gave equal rights to lower classes to enter combat sports. He has also assembled one of the best teams in the grappling world including Ricardo Liborio, Murilo Bustamante, Walid Ismail, and André Pederneiras. The grappling world lost one of its gems in 2006 due to health issues. Carlson died at the age of 74 but left a legacy in the grappling world.

Carlson Gracie’s Black Belt Holder

Before his death in 2006, Carlson Gracie published a list of champions who received black belts from him.

  • Ricardo de La Riva Goded
  • Ricardo Jucá Santos
  • Ricardo Luis Moraes “Rey” Diogo
  • Ricardo Luiz Perrone
  • Ricardo “Kiko” Velloso
  • Rinaldo Santos
  • Rocyan Gracie (brother)
  • Rodrigo Medeiros
  • Sérgio Abimerhy
  • Sérgio “Bolão” de Souza
  • Sérgio Íris de Almeida
  • Wallid Farid Ismail
  • Walter “Soldado” da Silva
  • Walter Guimarães
  • Wander de Souza
  • Vauvernargues Xavier Vicentini
  • Vitor Belfort
  • Aaron Laponte
  • Alberto dos Santos
  • Alexandre Nascimento de Oliveira
  • Alexandre Macedo
  • Alexandre Derizans
  • Allan Goes
  • Amaury Bitetti
  • André Mendes
  • André Pederneiras
  • Anselmo Montenegro
  • Antônio Cláudio Correia Leite Buchaul
  • Antônio Gadelha “Tony Malone”
  • Antônio Ricardo Bittencourt Cavalcanti
  • Antonio Ricardo Jardim Liborio
  • Antônio ‘Tuninho” Rodrigues
  • Armando “Maninho” Alves Gonçalves Filho
  • André Mendes
  • Arthur Vírgilio Neto
  • Ary Galo
  • Bráulio Carsalade
  • Cassio Cardoso
  • Carley Gracie (Brother)
  • Carlos “Penão” Alexandre Conceição
  • Carlos Antônio Rosado
  • Carlos “Bagana”
  • Carlos Henrique “Caíque” Vieira Cavalcanti Gomes de Oliveira
  • Carlos Rollyson
  • Carlson Gracie Júnior
  • Carlson Guimaraes
  • Cássio Cardoso
  • Christian Kennedy Grandi
  • Clayton de Souza
  • Clóvis de Souza
  • Crézio de Souza
  • Daniel Cristoph
  • Djalma José de Santana Filho
  • Edyr Moreira da Silva “Monge”
  • Edson Carvalho “Baiano”
  • Elair Gilberto da Silva Reis
  • Élcio Figueiredo
  • Fábio Macieira
  • Felipe Fígalo Barbosa
  • Fernando Carlos “Nutri-Baby” Carvalho da Silva
  • Fernando “Pinduka” Melo Guimarães
  • Fernando Rosenthal
  • Francisco “Grego” Trivelas
  • Francisco “Toco” Albuquerque Neto
  • Gustavo Gussem
  • Gutenberg Mello
  • Henrique Chvaicer
  • Isaias De Souza
  • Francisco “Grego” Trivelas
  • Jerônimo Dix-Huit Rosado Ventura
  • João Antônio Fernandes Filho
  • José de Oliveira
  • José Eduardo Vieira Cavalcanti Gomes de Oliveira
  • José Mário Sperry
  • Júlio César “Foca” Nunes
  • Léo D’Ilha
  • Luis Fernando “Nando” Da Costa
  • Luís Carlos “Manimal” Mateus
  • Luiz “Bebeo” Duarte
  • Luís Carlos Vallois
  • Luís Cláudio Isaías de Souza
  • Luís Fernando “Nando” Costa
  • Manoel Maria “Maneco” Cardoso Neto
  • Marcel Laguna Duque Estrada
  • Marcelo Allonso Duque Novais
  • Marcelo Alonso
  • Marcelo Pache
  • Marcelo Procópio
  • Marcelo “Bocão”
  • Marcelo Saporito
  • Marcelo Tadeu Domigues de Oliveira
  • Marco Aurélio Kühner de Oliveira
  • Marco Aurélio Lisboa Valladares
  • Marcos “Parrumpinha” Da Matta
  • Marcos “Flexa” Neves Mello
  • Marcus Vinícius de Macedo Soares
  • Marcus “Conan” Vinícius Figueiredo da Silveira Júnior
  • Mário Cupertino
  • Marvin Swhab
  • Mauricio “Saddam”
  • Miguel Kelner
  • Miguel Monteiro de Carvalho
  • Murilo Bustamante
  • Orlando Saraiva
  • Oswaldo “Paquetá” Gomes da Rosa
  • Oswaldo Viana
  • Otávio Augusto “Peixotinho” de Oliveira
  • Paulo “Mamão” de Albuquerque Martins Pereira Filho
  • Paulo Leite Filho “Paulão“
  • Pedro Paulo de Secco Freire
  • Renato Tavares

3. Conclusion 

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art that demands dedication, athletic strength, and competence. The Masters on this are the most decorated gems of the Gracie family who became an inspiration to the later generation of martial artists.

They succeeded by working diligently, being disciplined, and being passionate in the grappling world. All of them defied their surname by achieving phenomenal success on the mat.

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