THE MASTERS

ON THE WALL
Carlos Gracie

Carlos Gracie (1902-1994) was a Brazilian martial artist who played a pivotal role in the development and popularization of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He was one of the founding figures of the Gracie family, known for their contributions to the art of Jiu-Jitsu and mixed martial arts. Carlos, along with his brothers, helped to refine and promote Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as an effective self-defense system and sport. His legacy lives on through the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu academies and the continued influence of the Gracie family on the world of martial arts.

Helio Gracie

Helio Gracie (1913-2009) was a Brazilian martial artist and one of the founders of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Despite his relatively small stature and frail health as a child, Helio developed a unique approach to Jiu-Jitsu that emphasized leverage, technique, and efficiency over strength and size. He is widely regarded as one of the most important figures in the history of martial arts, known for his innovation in adapting traditional Judo techniques to create a new form of self-defense that would become known as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Helio’s legacy includes his role in establishing the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy and his influence on the evolution of mixed martial arts worldwide.

Mauricio Gomes

Mauricio Gomes, a Jiu-Jitsu prodigy who started training at the age of four under his father’s guidance, quickly rose to prominence. As a teenager, he honed his skills under the legendary Rolls Gracie, winning the absolute division of the Rio de Janeiro State Championships in 1981 and earning his black belt from Rolls shortly after. Despite Rolls’ untimely death in 1982, Mauricio’s journey continued, leading to his marriage to Reila Gracie, daughter of Carlos Gracie, and the birth of their son Roger Gracie, a ten-time World Champion and hailed as the greatest Jiu-Jitsu competitor in history.

In the late 1990s, Mauricio ventured to the UK, where he established the pioneering Gracie Barra gym, sparking the rapid growth of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in the country. His influential teaching paved the way for the opening of numerous gyms, solidifying Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu’s position as the fastest-growing martial art in the UK, leaving a lasting legacy that continues to shape the Jiu-Jitsu community worldwide.

Roger Gracie

Roger Gracie, born into Jiu-Jitsu royalty as the son of Mauricio Gomes and Reila Gracie, is a living legend in the world of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. With ten World Championship titles to his name, Roger is widely regarded as one of the greatest Jiu-Jitsu competitors of all time. His technical precision, strategic brilliance, and unwavering determination have cemented his legacy as a dominant force on the mats.

Beyond his remarkable competitive achievements, Roger Gracie’s impact extends to his role as an esteemed instructor and ambassador for the art of Jiu-Jitsu. Known for his humility and dedication to the craft, Roger continues to inspire and shape the next generation of grapplers through his teachings and mentorship, leaving an indelible mark on the Jiu-Jitsu community worldwide.

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