At a very young age, Helio Gracie learned traditional Japanese Jiu-Jitsu techniques
from his older brother, Carlos. In the late 1920s, he began to modify these techniques
to accommodate his frail physique with the objective of developing a system that
would enable him to defend himself against larger opponents. After years of refinement,
he proved his art's effectiveness by routinely defeating larger and stronger
opponents, some of whom outweighed him by as much as 100 pounds. As a result, Helio's
techniques quickly became the new expression of Jiu-Jitsu in Brazil and set the
stage for a worldwide revolution in martial arts.
Don’t miss the Family Reunion!
Ever since Rener and Lyoto announced the Helio 100 celebration in the last Gracie Breakdown, tickets have been going VERY quickly (maybe it was the corn soup!). It has also been confirmed that several of the Grand Master’s children will be in attendance! If you plan on joining us, be sure to save your spots on the mat, and at dinner, well in advance so you don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime family reunion opportunity!
Grand Master Helio Gracie was born October 1, 1913, and this October he would have celebrated his 100th birthday. To commemorate 100 years of Helio Gracie, his grandchildren will be hosting a once-in-a-lifetime event on Saturday, October 5, 2013 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, and we hope you can make it!
The Helio Gracie 100-Year Celebration, is a full-day event that will including the following:
Helio Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Seminar (11am – 3pm)
The celebration will kick off with a special 4-hour Super Seminar taught by Helio’s grandchildren, including but not limited to: Ryron, Rener, Kron, Ralek, Rhalan and Kroyler Gracie. This will be the first time that Helio’s grandchildren have taught a seminar together and you definitely won’t want to miss it!