IN MEMORY OF CARLOS GRACIE, HELIO GRACIE, CARLSON GRACIE AND ROLLS GRACIE.
THE BIGGEST LEGENDS OF BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU – WORLD JIU-JITSU FESTIVAL OCTOBER 5TH AND 6TH, 2019
LONG BEACH CITY COLLEGE CA
IN MEMORY OF CARLOS GRACIE
He was taught judo by Mitsuyo Maeda, a Japanese immigrant to Brazil who was then a 4th dan kodokan judoka. Carlos Gracie opened the first BJJ School in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1925. The Academia Gracie, a dream that became reality. Carlos then passed the teachings on to his brothers Oswaldo, Gastão Jr., Jorge, and Hélio, marking the beginning of the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Those in attendance will learn all there is to know about the man who created Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, which has become Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
IN MEMORY OF HELIO GRACIE
Hélio Gracie was a Brazilian martial artist who, together with his brother Carlos Gracie, founded the martial art of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ). Until his death, Gracie was the only living 10th degree grand master of that system, and is widely considered as one of the first sports heroes in Brazilian history; he was named Black Belt magazine’s Man of the Year in 1997. According to one of his most notable opponents, Masahiko Kimura, Gracie held the rank of 6th dan in Judo. Those who attend will learn everything about Helio Gracie, view an excellent expo of exclusive photos, and never before seen photos of the Gracie family.
IN MEMORY OF CARLSON GRACIE
Carlson Gracie was the oldest son of Carlos Gracie, recognized as a one the founders of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Carlson began learning the gentle-art from his father and his uncle at age five. When Carlson was 17 years old he won the Campeonato Carioca de Jiu-Jitsu, Rio de Janeiro’s first state championship. At age 18 Carlson had his first professional fight against Judo champion Sakai, which ended in a draw. However, Carlson’s fame and popularity really began at age 23 when he successfully avenged the defeat of his mentor Helio Gracie by beating one of Brazil’s most renowned fighters, Waldemar Santana. Carlson reigned supreme for nearly 30 years, throughout the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s in no holds barred matches taking on one challenge and fight after another.
IN MEMORY OF ROLLS GRACIE
Rolls Gracie was the son of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu founder Carlos Gracie, although he was raised for the most part by his uncle, Helio Gracie, at Carlos’ request (as did most of Carlos’ children). Rolls started practicing Jiu-Jitsu as a toddler, and began competing as a child, winning every single major trophy there was to earn at the time. He was the first of the Gracies to actively seek competitions in Freestyle, Greco Roman and Sambo wrestling as well as Judo. First cross training by the hands of Judoka Osvaldo Alves in Brazil, later seeking 5 time US Wrestling champ Bob Anderson to improve his grappling stand. He also trained Olympic Gymnastics and surfing in order to improve his athleticism. He is considered one of the greatest Gracie Jiu-Jitsu black belts of all time, to this day.