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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 coveted rank of jiu-jitsu red belt (9th degree).  Grand Master Mansor earned the respect and admiration of the late Grand Master Helio Gracie at the young age of 15 through his display of heart and courage.  Being one of the very few jiujitsokas to have the privilage to train for 58 years under the tutelage of his Grand Master, he is another example of the longevity, vitality, and wisdom one gains through years of practicing Jiu-Jitsu. (photo: Gustavo Aragão/Graciemag archives)