February 28, 1942|
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
|Residence||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Rank||Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu9th degree red belt in|
|Children||Kendra Gracie, Carlos Gracie, III|
|Notable students||Osvaldo Alves Caio Terra|
Reyson Gracie (born in 28 February 1942, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) is the 3rd son (7th child) of Carlos Gracie, the founder of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and a member of the Gracie Family. Like his father, he has structured his life around three pillars: Jiu-Jitsu, the Gracie Diet and Spiritualism. Reyson Gracie is a 9th degree red belt in BJJ.
In the beginning of the 1960s Reyson trained many athletes to fight in the famous Brazilian TV programme Heróis do Ringue ("The Heroes of the Ring"). With a unique pedagogy for both children and adults, his classes have always been known for exploiting not only the techniques of Jiu-Jitsu but also the philosophy behind the ancient martial art. He is a 9th degree (dan) red belt in his father's art.
Reyson's most important achievement was the introduction of Jiu-Jitsu into Amazonas in 1977 where he created the Amazonas Federation of Jiu-Jitsu. The state is nowadays the second biggest in this sport worldwide, only behind Rio de Janeiro. From 1997 to 2002, he headed the Bahia Federation of Jiu-Jitsu. Since then he has been travelling and giving seminars in and outside Brazil to students and teachers of all levels.
He has two children: Kendra Gracie and Carlos Gracie III