September 14, 1902|
Belém do Pará, Brazil
|Died||October 7, 1994
|Style||Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Judo|
|Rank||Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu9th Degree Red Belt in|
Carlos Gracie (September 14, 1902 – October 7, 1994) is the creator and founder of modern Jiu Jitsu (Brazilian/Gracie Jiu Jitsu). He learned Judo from Mitsuyo Maeda. He created Modern Jiu Jitsu based on his first hand acquired knowledge from Mitsuyo Maeda. He is known as the Founder and Creator of Modern Jiu-Jitsu (Gracie Jiu Jitsu/Brazilian Jiu Jitsu) and as the patriarch of the Gracie Family. His initial training and teaching of Jiu Jitsu was with his brothers, Luis Franca and Oswaldo Fadda popularised the martial art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He created a martial arts family together with his brother Hélio Gracie as well as other members of the Gracie family.
Judo and Brazilian/Gracie Jiu Jitsu
Gracie Jiu Jitsu was created in Brazil in the early 1900s by Carlos Gracie, who studied Judo as a teenager under the great Japanese champion, Mitsuyo Maeda (known in Brazil as Conde Koma—the "Count of Combat"). Maeda was taught by Jigoro Kano, the creator of Judo, and fought hundreds of victorious challenge matches against practitioners of other styles using his Judo techniques to overcome them. Maeda had become a champion Judoka in Japan and was so highly revered by Kano he was sent around the world to spread Judo.
Young Carlos Gracie continued his master's tradition, testing and refining his system by constantly fighting in matches which were open to all skill levels. He continuously worked hard to make Gracie Jiu Jitsu more effective. At one point, he even advertised in newspapers and on street corners for new opponents upon whom to practice and further refine his art. He fought anyone and everyone who was willing, regardless of size, weight or fighting style. Even though he was a mere 135 pounds, his style was so effective that Carlos Gracie was never defeated and became a legend in Brazil. His brother Jorge Gracie differed in his opinions concerning Carlos stating "My brother Carlos is nothing when it comes to fighting. Carlos does not have the authority nor the competence to speak about Jiu Jitsu… Who created the sporting tradition of my family if not me, in all honesty, with my career?" 
This tradition of open challenge is a part of the heritage of Gracie style of Jiu Jitsu. Carlos Gracie taught his style of Jiu Jitsu to his four younger brothers (Oswaldo, Gastão, Jorge, and Helio) and to his older sons (including Carlson and Carley), and they in turn taught their brothers, sons, nephews, and cousins. After Carlos retired from the ring, he managed the fight careers of his brothers and sons, continuing to challenge fighters of all styles throughout the world. This tradition of open challenge is continued by his sons, grandsons, brothers, nephews, and students.
In 2009, Carlos' daughter Reila Gracie (mother of Roger Gracie-Gomes) published a book detailing the life and times of Carlos Gracie. The book entitled "Carlos Gracie – O Criador De Uma Dinastia" (Carlos Gracie – The Creator of a Dynasty) is currently only available in Portuguese but the English translation could be finished in 2011.
Carlos had 21 children, 13 of whom earned the rank of black belt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu.
Carlos Gracie is the creator of the nutritional regimen known as the Gracie Diet. Following the Hippocratean maxim "Let your food be your remedy", Carlos aimed at founding a system that would primarily prevent illness on days of competition. The basic principle of the Gracie Diet is to keep blood pH level neutral by consuming only compatible nutrients at each meal. Gracie Diet is flexible but it definitely prohibits consumption of pork and its derivatives and adopts abstinence from alcohol and tobacco.
- Gracie, Reila (2008). Carlos Gracie – O Criador De Uma Dinastia" (Carlos Gracie – The Creator of a Dynasty) (1st ed.). Brazil: Record. p. 572. ISBN 85-01-08075-6.
- "'Carlos Gracie: Creator of a Dynasty' author interview - Mixed Martial Arts News". Mixedmartialarts.com. 2010-05-21. Retrieved 2012-09-04.
- Gracie Family Tree. URL accessed on October 15, 2009.
- The Gracie Diet, Royce Gracie website
- Nutrition, Miami Gracie Jiu-Jitsu website