|Born||March 28, 1951|
|Died||June 6, 1982(aged 31)|
|Style||Gracie jiu-jitsu, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Judo, Wrestling,|
|Teacher(s)||Hélio Gracie, Georges Mehdi, Bob Anderson|
|Rank||3rd Degree Red Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Notable students||Rickson Gracie, Carlos Gracie Jr., Royler Gracie, Márcio Stambowsky, Mauricio Motta Gomes, Romero Cavalcanti|
Rolls Gracie ([ˈɡɾejsi] 1951–1982) was a Brazilian martial artist. He was a prominent member of the Gracie family known for their founding of Brazilian jiu-jitsu and considered by some the family's best ever fighter. He was teacher of Rickson Gracie, Carlos Gracie Jr., Royler Gracie, Márcio "Macarrão" Stambowsky, Rigan Machado and Romero "Jacare" Cavalcanti. He died in a hang-gliding accident in 1982.
The Famous Five
The Famous Five was a nickname for the original five black belt students of Rolls Gracie, who were well-known for their fighting skills. Just prior to his untimely death, Rolls promoted a sixth black belt into the group. The established terminology persisted so that the following six men continued to be called "The Famous Five."
- Márcio Stambowsky
- Mauricio Motta Gomes
- Romero Cavalcanti
- Nicin Azulay
- Paulo Conde
- Mario Claudio Tallarico
- Black Belt Vol. 35, No. 4 Apr 1997 - Page 68 "Rolls Gracie. This son of Carlos Gracie is considered by many the family's best fighter of all time, but his career was cut short when he died in a hang-gliding accident in Rio de Janeiro.
- History of Jiu-Jitsu: The Tragedy of Rolls Gracie" 2011 "Rolls is called the father of modern jiu-jitsu and was the teacher of Rickson Gracie, Carlos Gracie Jr., Royler Gracie and Romero "Jacare" Cavalcanti. Just about every Gracie that practices the family art can remember where they were on June 6, 1982 when they heard that Rolls had died at the young age of 31.........Sadly, a hang-gliding accident claimed Rolls’ life in 1982, just as Rolls was in the early stages of teaching—only six men hold the high honor of being Rolls Gracie Black Belts. While he produced few black belts, Rolls touched many of his students and left a legacy that spans the entire martial art."
- Thomas A. Green, Joseph R. Svinth - Martial Arts of the World: An Encyclopedia of History and Innovation 2010- Page 34 "... 1959–1960), while Rolls Gracie (1951–1982) began cross-training in judo, sambo, and international freestyle wrestling. During the oil crisis of 1973–1974, the Brazilian economy sagged, and thousands of educated Brazilians decided to ..."
- Peterkin, Syl (January 28, 2015). "Rolls Gracie". Jiu-Jitsu Times. Los Angeles. Retrieved June 22, 2017.
Rolls would promote six individuals to black belt who are ironically known as the Famous Five.
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