Gracie family

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Current region Brazil, United States, Europe

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

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

The Gracie family (ˈɡɾejsi) is a prominent martial arts 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 modern Jiu Jitsu (BJJ).


One part of 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] From George came Pedro, from Pedro came Gastão, who was the father of Carlos Gracie and Hélio Gracie. Carlos Gracie and Hélio Gracie are 1/8 Scottish.[4]


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.[5][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.[6][7] 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 thus accepted to teach Gastão's son Carlos. In 1921, however, following financial hardship and his own father Pedro's demise, Gastão Gracie returned to Rio de Janeiro with his family.[5]

Maeda's teachings were then passed on to Carlos' brothers Oswaldo, Gastão Jr., and George. Hélio, however, was too young and sick at that time to learn the art and due to his medical imposition was prohibited to physically partake in training. Despite this, Helio became a coxswain for the local rowing team[8] as well as a competitive swimmer.[9] Despite his poor health, Hélio successfully learned the art of Jiu Jitsu through watching his brothers. Today, Hélio and Carlos are both widely considered by the Jiu Jitsu community and Gracie family as the creators of modern Brazilian jiu-jitsu.[citation needed]

For a number of years, the Gracie family ran a competitive monopoly on Vale Tudo events. [10] Through their competitive rise, the men allocated power and influence with which they sought to promote Gracie family members within the Vale Tudo community. [10]

Roger Gracie won the World Jiu-Jitsu Championship 10 times in various weight divisions (6 times at 100 kg, once at 100+kg, and 3 times in the Absolute division). He also won the Pan-American Championship in the Absolute division in 2006 and the European Championships in 2005 in the 100+kg and Absolute divisions.[11]

Kron Gracie won the ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship in the under 77 kg division in 2013 [12] and the European Championships in the 82 kg division in 2009.[11]

Clark Gracie won the Pan-American Championship in the under 82 kg division in 2013.[13]

Kyra Gracie won the ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship in the Women's under 60 kg division in 2005, 2007, and 2011 and the World Jiu-Jitsu Championship four times (three times in the Women's under 64 kg division and once in the Women's Absolute Division).[14]


Family members[edit]

See also: Gracie (name)

Members of the Brazilian Gracie family include:[15]

First generation[edit]

  • Carlos Gracie (d. 1994)
  • Osvaldo Gracie
  • Gastão Gracie Jr.
  • Jorge Gracie
  • Helio Gracie (d. 2009)
  • Helena Gracie
  • Ilka Gracie
  • Mary Gracie

Second generation[edit]

Third generation[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ "Faixapreta". Retrieved 2015-07-09. 
  3. ^ a b "Early Gracies". Retrieved 2015-07-09. 
  4. ^ "GTR Reyla Gracie Book Review Introduction". Retrieved 2015-07-09. 
  5. ^ a b José Cairus. "The Gracie Clan and the Making of Brazilian Jiu‐jitsu: National Identity, Performance and Culture, 1801‐1993 (Draft)]" (PDF). Retrieved 2015-07-09. 
  6. ^ "Martial Arts of the World: An Encyclopedia of History and Innovation". Retrieved 2015-07-09. 
  7. ^ "Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu a way of life". Retrieved 2015-07-09. 
  8. ^ "Helio Gracie". Retrieved 2015-07-09. 
  9. ^ "Deconstructing the Gracie Mythology (Part 2) - The Jiu Jitsu Journey". Retrieved 2015-07-09. 
  10. ^ a b "Pesquisador Fábio Quio fala do TV Ringue Torre". Retrieved 2015-07-09. 
  11. ^ a b "IBJJF Results". Retrieved 24 August 2014. 
  12. ^ "ADCC 2013 - Results | ADCC | News Archive". 2013-10-21. Retrieved 2015-07-09. 
  13. ^ "2013 PanAm Middleweight Final". Retrieved August 23, 2013. 
  14. ^ "ADCC Submission Fighting World Championship : results". Retrieved 2015-07-09. 
  15. ^ "The Gracie Family Tree". Retrieved 2015-07-09. 

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