Roger Gracie Gets Promoted to 5th Degree Black Belt

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Roger Gracie gets promoted to 5th-degree black belt by his father, Mauricio Gomes, an eighth-degree white and red belt

Roger Gracie Rolling with his father

Roger Gracie Gets Promoted to 5th Degree Black Belt

Roger Gracie gets promoted to 5th-degree black belt by his father, Mauricio Gomes, an eighth-degree white and red belt

Location: Orlando, FL.

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Roger Gracie got promoted to 5th-degree black belt this past Monday, July 25th, 2022, by his father, Mauricio Gomes, an eighth-degree white and red belt. It was even Gomes’s birthday, a double celebration at the Roger Gracie Academy in the UK. For those who don’t know, Roger Gracie is also the grandson of the founder of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), Carlos Gracie, and the son of Reila Gracie, the daughter of Carlos Gracie.

Why is the 5th Degree Black Belt so special, and what does it take to earn it?

Per IBJJF requirements, a practitioner must practice and teach at the black belt level for a minimum of 3 years before progressing to the next degree or rank for the first 3 stripes. Degrees 4, 5, and 6 each require 5 years from the previous rank to achieve. So to earn your 5th-degree black belt, you’re looking at nearly 19 years per IBJJF standards. 

An Unsubmittable Trailblazer in the Sport

Roger Gracie earned his black belt in 2004 from his uncle Carlos Gracie Jr and achieved x10 world champion status. Gracie has an impressive 10 wins at the IBJJF World Jiu-Jitsu Championships as a black belt, with three of those victories in Open Weight competition; he is regarded by many grappling fans and practitioners as the greatest Jiu-Jitsu competitor of all time, and for good reason!

In 2005, just one year after getting his black belt, Roger competed at the ADCCs and incredibly won all eight of his matches at both the super heavyweight and absolute weight classes by submission victory. And if these accolades weren’t enough, Roger has also not been submitted in the competition since he was a blue belt – never as a black belt.

A Submission King

Roger Gracie’s grappling record currently stands at 76 wins and 7 losses, with 62 of those 76 victories coming from submissions; his losses are only from points and advantages. Roger Gracie is truly an unsubmittable trailblazer in the epic sport of Jiu-Jitsu. This stellar record is unlikely to change as he has since retired from competition to focus more on his personal life and growing his academy in the UK.

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