The Gracie Legacy

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Jiu-Jitsu, a story as told through the family that made Jiu-Jitsu a sensation in Brazil and around the world… Robson Gracie, Rickson Gracie, Carlson Gracie Jr., Rolles Gracie

The Gracie Legacy

Jiu-Jitsu, a story as told through the family that made Jiu-Jitsu a sensation in Brazil and around the world… Robson Gracie, Rickson Gracie, Carlson Gracie Jr., Rolles Gracie

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

Interviewees: Robson Gracie, Rickson Gracie, Carlson Gracie Jr., Rolles Gracie

Estimated reading time: 26 minutes

Anyone who enters a Jiu-Jitsu school today cannot imagine the path the sport had to take to get to where it is today. Paths that passed through India, China, and Japan, until they arrived in Brazil and intertwined with a family… the Gracie family. The Gracie family would come to play a crucial role in the rescue, transformation, and worldwide expansion of this martial art.

The Beginning

The origin of Jiu-Jitsu is controversial, but one of its most widely accepted theories is that it arose more than 2,500 years ago in India as a form of self-defense created by Buddhist monks, who were tired of being constant targets of Mongolian marauders during their travels in the countryside while they spread Buddhism.

Imitating animal movements and creating levers, these monks, who were prevented by their religious conscience from using weapons, developed this peaceful, bare-handed technique, not to attack but to neutralize the actions of their opponents. This technique was called Vajramashti; with the expansion of Buddhism, thousands of monasteries were created inside and outside India. Vajramashti reached Ceylon, Burma, Tibet, Siam, and later all of Southeast Asia, and finally, China. 

Eventually, it arrived in the Land of the Rising Sun. There, the Gentle Art found a feudal Japan where the samurai were prominent warriors in the system of protection. Within their training came the need to develop techniques that could be used when they lost their swords in the middle of a fight. To fill this need, several styles of hand-to-hand fighting were developed. At that time, Vajramashti underwent changes to suit the needs of the samurai and received the name Jiu-Jitsu.

Although Japan was the last Asian country to acquire knowledge of this form of unarmed self-defense, it was in Japan that jiu-jitsu developed and gained popularity. In this way, we can consider Jiu-Jitsu as an art born in Japan, but which, like other martial arts, received contributions and influences from elsewhere.

At the end of the feudal period in Japan, and consequently the loss of the need of the Gentle Art on the battlefield, Jiu-Jitsu had to reinvent itself for the first time. It was then that a vital character appeared at the scene, a member of the cultural department and Jiu-Jitsu practitioner, Master Jigoro Kano.   

Jigoro Kano and the development of Judo

Jigoro Kano…. Reproduction

Jigoro Kano was born on October 28th, 1860, in the town of Mikage, near Kobe. At the age of 10, he moved to Tokyo with his father, just after the death of his mother. He entered the Imperial University of Tokyo at the age of 17 to pursue a degree in languages.

Being 4’ 11” and weighing just over 99 pounds, Jigoro Kano found Jiu-Jitsu to be the ideal sport for his physical constitution. It was known for allowing a less robust individual to beat a stronger opponent. Kano was a scholar and thus formed his own style, known as the Kano style of Jiu-Jitsu, later called Judo.

Kano founded the first Judo school, called Kodokan, which still exists today in Tokyo. In order to spread his new technique, Kano had the idea of sending several students to different places around the world. What master Jigoro Kano did not imagine was that this work would not be so simple and that, along with the spread of Judo, this martial colonization would eventually bring about a re-birth of Jiu-Jitsu around the world. Among the people who were key in the spread of Judo, and consequently Jiu-Jitsu around the world, Mitisuyo Maeda stands out.

Mitsuyo Maeda Reproduction                        

Mitsuyo Maeda Koma was born in 1878 in Aomori, Japan. While growing up, young Mitsuyo showed a gift for martial arts, even receiving the nickname “Sumo Boy” because of the fights he won against his schoolmates. Due to the poor conditions in the region, the young Mitsuyo moved with his family to Tokyo in 1886. In Tokyo, Maeda studied at one of the most traditional schools in the country and entered an elitist university called Waseda, where he studied Jiu-Jitsu techniques. Afterward, Maeda would knock at the doors of the Kodokan.

In 1904, already a black belt fighter, Maeda went to the United States, where he landed in San Francisco, on a mission given by Jigoro Kano to spread his newly created Judo. There are reports that after passing through the United States, Maeda traveled to Europe in 1908, where he faced dozens of combats in Russia, England, France, Belgium, Germany, and Spain, where he received the nickname of “Count Koma,” due to his elegance and perpetually sad face.

Count Koma also passed through Mexico, Cuba, Honduras, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Argentina, and Uruguay before finally arriving in Brazil at the port of Santos in 1913. He opened his own academy in 1914 and held public exhibitions to attract students. During one of these demonstrations, Maeda had a meeting that would change the direction of Jiu-Jitsu.

Carlos Gracie, who was 15 years old at the time, was in the audience and was impressed with Maeda’s techniques. After watching the exhibition, Carlos was taken by his father, Gastão Gracie, to the Japanese master’s residence to solve some behavior problems he was experiencing through Jiu-Jitsu classes. 

Carlos Gracie and the bloom of Jiu-Jitsu

Carlos Gracie…. Gracie Family Archives

When Carlos was still 19 years old, the Gracie family moved from Pará and settled in Rio de Janeiro, interrupting his training sessions with Sensei Mitsuyo Maeda. Carlos then started teaching Jiu-Jitsu to his brothers.

In 1925 the first Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy was established. As he had neither students nor money, Master Carlos placed advertisements in newspapers and on the corners of the neighborhoods of Botafogo and Flamengo, where his academy was, with unusual sayings such as: “If you want me to break your face or break your arm, get in contact with Carlos at the Gracie Academy.” The unusual marketing worked, and Carlos and his brothers began to have many students, including some distinguished ones like Roberto Marinho, president of Rede Globo organizations.

With this publicity, Gastão’s eldest son managed to arrange several challenges with representatives from other fights to show the superiority of Jiu-Jitsu in other academies. This was also an efficient way to recruit students at the time. With every visit they made, countless students enrolled at the Gracie Academy. 

This practice grew, and the “Gracie Challenges” became quite popular. “We went and invaded other gyms. There were several fights. At the time, the great fighters were the capoeiristas, and we fought against them. And that attracted the attention of the media; it helped jiu-jitsu to appear”, said Master Robson.

But Master Carlos’ way of observing Jiu-Jitsu was more comprehensive. He didn’t see it simply as a sport of positions and controls but a holistic practice where mind and body should be tightly interconnected. He made this clear in one of his books where he said: “We never intended to stir up and excite tempers, provoke quarrels and train human bodies for purposes that would reduce our disciples to pitiful fighting animals. Mental health has never ceased to be a relevant scope in our school.”

And it was with this concern to maintain a healthy body and mind that the patriarch of the Gracie Family, studious as he was, created a food system that is still practiced by his descendants, The Gracie Diet. As he was from Pará, among the foods introduced in his diet, and imported from Pará to Rio de Janeiro, was açaí. 

As Grandmaster Robson tells us: “Carlos Gracie became an ace! He created a fantastic diet and brought açaí to Rio as an athlete’s food. Açaí is what it is today thanks to Carlos Gracie. And it is because of these healthy habits that at the age of 92 Carlos was still training Jiu-Jitsu.”

The popularization of this fruit traveled north of Brazil and is currently consumed worldwide by athletes from numerous sports. Mestre Carlos, without imagining it, helped not only Jiu-Jitsu but also other sports to discover the benefits of açaí. 

Something that is important to emphasize in the story of the Gracie patriarch is the way in which he managed to bring together his family, including all his children. He was a loving father, but he sought to prepare his children for battles on the tatami and in life. 

“My father as a parent or teacher was one person: simple, loving, calm, with a clear purpose in life. He always told me, ‘Son, retreat not even to get a boost! Your opponent needs to know that meeting you will lead to a final decision. There will start and end a story where preferably the victory will be yours,” Master Robson told us, visibly moved.

The huge house he kept in Teresópolis, in the mountainous region of Rio de Janeiro, served as a headquarters for his family and friends. Carlos’ 21 children, who were born with the 5 wives he had during his life, added to the children of other brothers, grandchildren, and friends. And all had a free pass to the house, which was always full. 

Of course, there were always dozens of kimonos drying in the sun on the clothesline in front of the house, as a reminder that the house belonged to fighters. Carlos managed to keep almost all his children on the path of Jiu-Jitsu, which is proven by thirteen of them having reached the rank of black belt.

In a family, as well as in a Jiu-Jitsu team, all members have their roles. Of the three brothers that the Grand Master taught Jiu-Jitsu, it was the youngest who Carlos made the main soldier and propagator of the Gracie project, Grand Master Hélio Gracie.    

Carlos and Hélio Gracie…. Gracie Family Archives

Hélio Gracie

Hélio Gracie…. Gracie Family Archives

           

The story of Grandmaster Hélio Gracie is fascinating. According to the scientific knowledge of the time, He had a fragile constitution that would prevent him from doing any physical activity. However, he developed a great number of techniques still used in Jiu-Jitsu today. One of his 8 children, Red Belt fighter Rickson Gracie, tells us this story: 

“In the beginning, my uncle Carlos Gracie was the first to have a relationship with Count Koma, who taught him traditional Jiu-Jitsu from Japan. My father was fascinated by the art but was prevented by doctors from joining in any physical activity because he had a lot of vertigo, which made him pass out all the time. The first Jiu-Jitsu academy was opened when my father, who was 13 years old, came with my uncle, who was 25, from Pará to Rio de Janeiro. 

Hélio Gracie sat around the gym for three years, watching my uncle teaching classes without having permission to practice, and he was fascinated with all that. And then, over time, he began to understand, although without practicing, the art of Jiu-Jitsu. But then something happened on a day when a student arrived but my uncle Carlos still hadn’t arrived. My father said he could practice with him. 

At the time, Hélio was 16 years old, and the student agreed. When my uncle arrived late, the student asked that, if he didn’t mind, he would like to continue taking classes with Hélio, as he was very skilled. It was then that my father started to teach.” 

Due to his difficulty in executing certain movements of traditional Jiu-Jitsu, Hélio realized that knowing the techniques theoretically was not sufficient to execute them. Many techniques required strength. Hélio sought to adapt the movements according to his physical attributes and learned to maximize leverage so that a smaller and weaker practitioner would gain the ability to defend and even defeat stronger opponents. Over the years, the sport was molded by his adaptations into the Jiu-Jitsu we know today.

And so the youngest brother, with Carlos’s encouragement and support, started making challenges in official fights with competitors of other sports. Since the beginning, this was how the Gracie’s drew attention to the efficiency of the Gentle Art. From 18 to 41 years of age, Hélio Gracie competed in 17 official matches, having won 9, drawn 6, and lost only two.

The development of techniques that any individual could use, regardless of their physical constitution, including women and children, was always Hélio’s concern. Because of this, he improved on existing techniques: 

“One thing that made my father revolutionary was the fact that, as he was very thin and therefore didn’t have the ability to perform superior control and positioning techniques, he started to position himself underneath. And Hélio Gracie was practically the creator of the modern Jiu-Jitsu guard. In this position, he could go under and survive, finding windows to attack and finish the opponent.” explained his son Rickson.

Jiu-Jitsu, which was offered in private lessons at the Gracie brothers’ academy and even at the students’ homes began to attract the attention of the personalities of the time. Mestre Hélio had distinguished students, as his nephew Robson Gracie told us: 

“Once I lived next door to Catete’s Palace, and my uncle Hélio had a gym near there, next to Flamengo’s beach. He left to teach, and I went with him. And we entered Catete’s Palace because he was going to teach the brother of President Getúlio Vargas. But suddenly, who walks into the room wearing a kimono? President Vargas himself; he would be the student!”

Born on October 1st, 1913, this Pará native had 8 children and was known for having his life based on strict ethical and moral principles taught to his students and their children. 

“On and off the tatami, he was always a very present guy in our upbringing, in our personality development, and in our moral and emotional formation. He was a guy who had a unique way of dealing with us. He got us thinking strategically, intelligently. He always gave us the option to make a choice and always hoped that we would make the right one,” said Rickson Gracie.

As a teacher, Mestre Hélio Gracie had a global view of the student. As someone looking for a unique fingerprint of each person he taught, what makes him different from everyone else is that he sought to give the jiu-jitsu that each specific person needed. 

“I once asked him how I could become the best teacher I could be, and he replied: ‘If you want to be a good teacher, you learn Jiu-Jitsu, develop the techniques, and pass those techniques with precision. But if you want to be an excellent teacher, you must understand what your student needs to learn,’” said Master Rickson, who followed the advice of his father and teacher closely. Today, he seeks to work with his students from the inside out.                        

 Hélio Gracie in family…. Gracie Family Archives                                    

Hélio Gracie was not only an example of a fighter, but an example of a man. He tried until the end to fight for his ideals, raise the Jiu-Jitsu flag, and defend his family tooth and nail.

The legacy he left is described by one of his most combative children: “I usually say that Hélio Gracie is to Jiu-Jitsu what Einstein is to physics. Because everything he learned with Jiu-Jitsu had to go through a refresher so he could turn it into something he could do. Carlos Gracie played a fundamental role because he was the one who started to spread Jiu-Jitsu in Brazil and then went around the world. But it was Hélio Gracie who transformed the Jiu-Jitsu he learned, and which has been branching out ever since. 

I believe that Hélio Gracie was who really transformed Jiu-Jitsu. He maintained the Jiu-Jitsu tradition but created this feeling of invisible strength, developed by him, which over time passed on to family representatives who came later, such as Carlson, João Alberto, Hélio Viggio, Pedro Emetério, and Robson. The entire Jiu-Jitsu lineage, including the sons of Carlos, after Hélio Gracie, learned from him this transformation that they now call Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu”.

One of the sons of Grand Master Carlos began to stand out in training, being appointed by him as the successor of his brother Hélio. His father didn’t know, but his eldest son, who had the phrase “son of Carlos” in the meaning of his name, would go down in Jiu-Jitsu history as the creator of an army of fighters and become responsible for the democratization of Jiu-Jitsu. This is Grand Master Carlson Gracie.    

Carlson Gracie

Photo by: Marcelo Alonso…. Carlson Gracie

Born on August 13th, 1932 with the name Eduardo, the eldest son of Carlos Gracie had his name changed to one that, in his father’s eyes, was stronger, with the letters C and R – a tradition that was born with Carlson and has become a registered trademark of the Gracie family to this day.

Since his childhood, he was already emerging as one of the great names of the clan, but it was at the age of 18 that he started to represent his family professionally when he drew with the Japanese Sakai, who was 25kg heavier than him, in the preliminary of a fight of his uncle Hélio in 1950. 

But the family’s scepter was only passed to Carlson when he was 21 years old, after he avenged his Uncle Hélio, for a challenge he lost against a former student, Waldemar Santana. After two fights, the first one being a draw, the young Carlson won and represented his family, beating Hélio’s former student. There began a new chapter in the history of the Jiu-Jitsu world in competition.

Carlos and Carlson Gracie…. Gracie Family Archives

Competition was in Carlson’s blood. He competed in everything he could, even cockfighting and other unique endeavors as he openly admits; his goal was always to win. And that he took to the mats, as his son, Black Belt Carlson Gracie Jr, told us: “My father encouraged the competition. My father was a good friend of Monir Salomão, and the two of them had a great organization of competitions even before the Federation, started by my uncle Robson”.

Carlson was a great competitor. He had 19 fights, losing only one to Euclides Pereira. “Carlson as a competitor was a phenomenon, best of all! He was going to compete calmly. He said it was like training somewhere else,” said son said.

But it was when he retired from competition that Carlos Gracie’s eldest son began to write his great chapter in the history of his legendary family and Jiu-Jitsu. In 1970 he set out on a new and successful enterprise, that of building new champions. At 414 Figueiredo Magalhães Street, in Copacabana, Carlson formed stars that shone on the tatami and octagons in the four corners of the world, continuing to this day. It was there that a real mass-production of fighters began. 

With the human material he had, he built a true army that won practically everything they were challenged within the 80s. And regardless of whether his students were able to pay him or not, his concern was with the team and the victory. In fact, this helped to democratize Jiu-Jitsu. 

Before Carlson, a person not of means would have difficulty in learning the Gentle Art as it was taught in private lessons for the Rio elite. Carlson arrived to deconstruct this system. As his son Carlson Gracie Jr told us in an interview: 

“He was a great aggregator. For him, there was no difference based on financial status; if you were a beggar or a doctor, for him, it was the same person. He even brought some beggars to take a shower at the gym; they even slept there. And he was extremely wise, and he taught this wisdom in a simple way, so that any person, regardless of culture or social pattern, was able to understand.”

And that’s why his gym was always full! Owner of his big voice and peculiar tastes, he loved international music, especially French. Carlson Gracie marked the life of a generation not only for the Jiu-Jitsu he taught but also for the legacy he left in stories and even in his own vocabulary, which was based on the soap operas he watched and the cockfights he loved. “Mutuca,” “Creonte,” and “Poderoso” are some of the pearls invented by Carlson that crossed the imaginary lines of his mat, spreading like wildfire even in other teams, and some are still spoken today.

On his two tatamis, including a green one that only the toughest of the team entered, he never withheld knowledge but instead drank up everything he had for his students. In an estimate of his blood son, Carlson Gracie Jr, he now has nearly 200 tatami children. To these stepchildren, Carlson delivered his shrewd master’s gaze, the strength of a tough coach, and a family companionship. The room next to the mat, where he watched his soap operas between practice sessions, was crowded with people wanting to take a bite out of the attention he offered everyone. 

The only time they ran away from him was when he pulled out of his ever-present fanny pack his little notebook with words extracted from the dictionary where, according to the legend, he knew all about it to employ dictations on the less unwary. At that time, those who could not escape were accused and affectionately called “donkeys” when they wrote the wrong word. “My father was a super father, always affectionate with all people. In his way, but everyone knew it was all affection,” said Carlson Gracie Jr, laughing.

The importance that Grandmaster Carlson Gracie had in the history of Jiu-Jitsu is highlighted by his son, who said: “My father was a game-changer. At that time, Jiu-Jitsu was just private lessons; there was no competition. So, as I said, even before the Federation was created, he and Monir Salomão already organized these competitions. 

From then onwards, there was a need for a degree, a federation, a structure. But it was through my father’s will to always be behind this part of competition that the championships were boosted. He was the person who created the group lessons, and the legacy he left was that he created an army of champions, which spread to the entire world. Carlson Gracie’s name will never be forgotten.”

One of the popular sayings that he loved to repeat, to give courage to his students at the time of the fights, was that “who does not die does not see God.” As someone who has never failed to fulfill his roles, he also went to fulfill this role on February 1st, 2006, when he left us and left an orphaned generation. 

But the legacy he left in his blood and tatami children reverberates in those who took the knowledge from him and, as they learned with their master not to keep it, generously offer it to the world.       

Statue of Carlson Gracie in Copacabana…. Photo by: Ricardo F. Brandã

So, he was not forgotten; his students made a statue that hangs on the street where their gym used to be, in Copacabana. In it with the sayings on a sign showing that he was the democratizer of Jiu-Jitsu, a Carlson Gracie in Bronze, with a smile on his face and with a peculiarly outstretched hand in a unique greeting from the Carlson Gracie Team. He is as he was in life, accessible to everyone, either doctors or beggars, who wants to shake his hand.

Rolls Gracie

Rolls Gracie…. Gracie Family Archives

Sometimes, the good ones die early. And it was early that one of Carlson’s brothers, Rolls Gracie passed away. And during the few years that he was in the Jiu-Jitsu scene, he left his indelible mark and is very missed.

Revolution seems to be a part of the Gracie family name, and it would be no different with Rolls. He was one of the most important members of Gracie Clan at his time, being the champion of the family when his brother Carlson retired in the 70s. Among so many revolutionary ideas, he planted the seed that developed into modern MMA. Rolls trained in other martial arts as a way to improve his Jiu-Jitsu, thus having influenced a whole generation of fighters.

Rolls was born on March 28th, 1951, and, as a custom of the Gracie lineage, began training in Jiu-Jitsu when he didn’t even know how to walk. The competitions came soon, and from an early age, he accumulated many great victories and medals.

He was the first of the Gracie’s to actively seek to compete in Olympic Wrestling, freestyle, and Greco-Roman styles, Sambo, as well as Judo. Rolls also trained in Olympic gymnastics to improve his athleticism and surfing, just for fun. This intimate junction that exists between Jiu-Jitsu and surfing had its first steps taken by Rolls, who was the first of the Gracie’s to buy a surfboard.

The way many surfers started practicing Jiu-Jitsu is interesting. His son, Black Belt teacher Rolles Gracie, tells us this story: “My father liked to surf, and he was at Arpoador, a normal surf spot at the time. Daniel Sabbá was a surfer who did karate and liked to pretend he owned the place. He wanted to kick my father out of the beach. 

They ended up getting mixed up right there, and my father dominated him. But it was a good thing because when the fuss was over, Sabbá went to my father’s gym and became his student,” said Rolles, laughing. From then on, many surfers started training Jiu-Jitsu.

Rolls, who was raised by his uncle Hélio Gracie, decided to join his older brother Carlson Gracie at his academy in Copacabana, and together they formed a strong alliance. 

About the memories he has of his father at that time, Rolles Gracie told us: “I remember running at the gym, there on the mat, disturbing the class. Then he would pick me up and put me sitting on a parapet so that I would be quiet so I wouldn’t fall, and I didn’t fall! Children today would fall, but I didn’t. It was an old-school creation for sure! I was about 3 years old at that time.”

Rolls and Rolles Gracie…. Gracie Family Archives

After a few years with Carlson, Rolls felt he needed to expand. With his brother’s consent, he left Carlson’s academy in Copacabana and founded his own, where he was assisted by his younger brother Carlinhos Gracie.

His contribution to the sport was written in the innovations he sought to make by stimulating different championships in the 70s, filming competitions to study later with his students in a pre-internet time, practicing other fighting modalities and adapting them to Jiu-Jitsu, and associating the Gentle Art to extreme sports at a time when they were viewed with suspicion. 

Despite being a thin man, never having passed 70 kg (155 l.b), he had an aggressive fighting style. “My grandfather Carlos and my great-uncle Hélio were frail, always fighting bigger opponents, with that idea of tiring the opponent, of being resilient, of staying there defending, tiring the opponent, until he turned around and then managed to win the fight. Not my father. 

He thought that if he could finish the fight in two, three, four minutes, why would he be fighting 15? He started to focus on the offensive part of Jiu-Jitsu. He always fought to finish as quickly as possible,” said his son.

In his lifetime, Rolls formed not only Black Belts but also the competitive and health consciousness of a generation. “He was born into a family that preached health, that is involved in sports, and that is why he changed many people’s lives. People who join Jiu-Jitsu change. They say it’s a sport, but we believe it’s a philosophy of life. And because of that, my father saved an entire generation there in Rio de Janeiro. At a time when drug experimentation was very active, he saved a lot of people through Jiu-Jitsu,” said Rolles Gracie.

Extreme sports were always present in Rolls Gracie’s life, and it was on the 6th of June 1983 that, at the age of 31, he went to practice the last of them. In Visconde de Mauá, without any other hang gliders in the sky due to the lack of wind, he decided to make his last challenge; this one was against the law of gravity. 

There were no winners that day, and the fighting world lost one of its warriors. He died in the fall, leaving two small children and a lot of sadness. “Every time a student of my father meets me on the street and starts talking about him, they always get emotional. It’s a bunch of big guys talking about him full of water in their eyes. The feeling is real, genuine,” said Rolles’ oldest son, who lost his father at the age of four years old.

Rolls Gracie practicing hang glider…. Photo by: Ricardo Azoury

In just over 30 years of life, Rolls Gracie lived intensely. He competed, trained, surfed, flew, worked out, traveled, rode a horse, ran, swam, got married, had children, studied, loved, dedicated himself to his blood and tatami family, and wrote his mark in the history of his family and Jiu-Jitsu.

The Legacy

A saying that every practitioner of the sport knows is that “Jiu-Jitsu is infinite”. It is infinite in positions, sensations, and evolutions that are achieved through practice by working the practitioner from the inside, which is reflected in their game in training and in their life off the mat. But the truth is that among so many possible excerpts from the stories that inhabit the universe of the Gentle Art, the Gracie family is one of the foundations of everything that built Jiu-Jitsu.

Today, thousands of people live from the industry formed around this martial art that started with the bold and daring look of the Carlos family patriarch, went through the transforming genius of Hélio, was democratized and magnified by Carlson, and enveloped leaving seeds of innovation and nostalgia by Rolls. 

The legacy left by this family is seen in the transforming benefits in each practitioner of each academy, in the thousands of Jiu-Jitsu teams existing in Brazil and around the world, in the thousands of jobs created by the practice of this art and all the products that came through the popularization of this philosophy of life that we call Jiu-Jitsu.

Never stop training and spread your knowledge.

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