Gracie family

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Ethnicity Scottish Brazilian
Current region Brazil, United States
Notable members

Carlos Gracie
Hélio Gracie
Rolles Gracie
Carlson Gracie
Carley Gracie
Relson Gracie
Rorion Gracie
Rickson Gracie
Royce Gracie
Royler Gracie
Roger Gracie
Renzo Gracie
Rodrigo Gracie
Neiman Gracie
Kyra Gracie

Connected families Machado, Barreto, Behring, Valente
Traditions Brazilian jiu-jitsu

The Gracie family (ˈɡɾejsi) is a prominent sporting family from Brazil known for their development of Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ). They have been successful in combat sport competitions including mixed martial arts, vale tudo and submission wrestling events. As a family, they uphold the Gracie challenge, which promotes their style of BJJ.


The Gracie family line in Brazil descended from George Gracie, a Scotsman from the Carronhill estate in Dumfriesshire who emigrated in 1826 when he was 25 years old.[1][2][3][clarification needed] George was a son of James (b. 1772), the second son of family patriarch George Gracie (b. 1734), and Jean Patterson.[3]


Gastão Gracie from Rio de Janeiro, the grandson of George Gracie through his son Pedro married Cesarina Pessoa Vasconcellos, the daughter of a wealthy Ceará family, in 1901 and decided to settle in Belém do Pará.[4][unreliable source?] Gastão Gracie became a business partner of the American Circus in Belém. In 1916, the Italian Argentine Queirolo Brothers staged circus shows there and presented Mitsuyo Maeda, a Japanese judoka and prize fighter.[5][6] In 1917, Carlos Gracie, the eldest son of Gastão Gracie, watched a demonstration by Maeda at the Da Paz Theatre and decided to learn judo. Maeda accepted to teach Carlos. In 1921, following his financial dire straits and his father Pedro's demise, Gastão Gracie returned to his native Rio with his family.[4]

Carlos passed Maeda's teachings on to his brothers Oswaldo, Gastão Jr., and George. Hélio was too young and sick at that time to learn the art, and due to medical imposition was prohibited to take part in the training sessions. Despite that, Hélio learned from watching his brothers. Hélio and Carlos Gracie are widely considered in the Brazilian jiu-jitsu community and within the Gracie family as the creators of the modern form of Brazilian jiu-jitsu.[citation needed]

The most recent family champion is Roger Gracie, who holds the Confederação Brasileira de Jiu-Jitsu World Super Heavyweight and Pan-American Open Weight titles, and the ADCC heavyweight and openweight championships, which he won in 2005.

Kron Gracie won the ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship in the under 77kg division in 2013. [7]

Clark Gracie won the Pan-American Championship in the under 82kg division in 2013.[8]

Kyra Gracie has won the ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship in the Women's under 60kg division in 2005, 2007, and 2011.[9]


Family members[edit]

Members of the Brazilian Gracie family include:[10][11][12]

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