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Grand Master Rorion Gracie, "Our Jiu-Jitsu is…

… the triumph of intelligence over brute force.” Grand Master Rorion Gracie is the eldest son of the late Grand Master Helio.  Co-founder of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) which turned the martial arts world upside down and showcased the effectiveness of Gracie (Brazilian) Jiu-Jitsu as the best means of self-defense.  His next mission is…

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Master Rickson Gracie – “Our Jiu-Jitsu is…

…the art of being ready for the unpredictable.” Master Rickson Gracie reigned as Jiu-Jitsu’s “no holds barred” champion for over two decades.  Who can forget his iconic match against the much larger king Zulu, his Vale Tudo matches in Japan, his memorable training methods showcased in the documentary film, Choke, and the infamous Yoji Anjo…

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Grand Master Pedro Valente – “Our Jiu-Jitsu is…

…a way of life – it is self-confidence, health and balance.” I was always impressed with the amount of professionals who embraced the gentle art as a way of life. Grand Master (and doctor) Pedro Valente, Sr. was no exception, an accomplished physician, he was known as one of the (original) Gracie Academy’s top students…

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Grand Master Francisco Mansor – “Jiu-Jitsu is…”

…a life system, not a fight system.  Through a set of scientific techniques of fighting, Jiu-Jitsu improves every aspect of our lives.  Practice Jiu-Jitsu and you will see the benefits from waking up to bedtime, at work, at home and among friends.” One of only a handful men outside the Gracie family to receive the…

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Grand Master Carlos Robson Gracie – “Jiu-Jitsu is…

…a message from God. A simple kimono grip has an extrasensory power. A choke contains such great power that even a skinny old man can perform it, and it doesn’t matter if the opponent is a strong guy. The move will work.” This is one of my personal favorite definitions of Jiu-Jitsu from Master Renzo…

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Grand Master Helio Gracie – “Jiu-Jitsu is…

“… a mousetrap. The trap does not chase the mouse. But when the mouse grabs the cheese, the trap plays its role.” From his uncle Helio, Master Carlos, Jr. learned to value the technical aspect of the art and to focus on the practical development.  Because of Grand Master Helio’s small size and relatively weak…

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Grand Master Carlos Gracie, Sr. – “Jiu-Jitsu is…

“… the art of learning to be tolerant with the intolerant.” It is said that the three most important influences behind Gracie Barra came from Master Carlos Gracie Jr.’s father Carlos Sr., his uncle Helio, and his brother Rolls.  From his father, Master Carlos Jr. learned and adopted his core philosophy for the foundation of…

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What is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?

How would one best describe this unique martial art and the enigma behind it?  First and foremost, it is a self-defense system. It is referred to as the ‘Gentle Art’ because by using the techniques of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, one can “humanely” control an opponent using minimal force and without harming them. Ultimately, I believe the…

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