Rorion Gracie

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Rorion Gracie
Born (1952-01-10) January 10, 1952 (age 63)
Rio de Janeiro (state) Brazil Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Residence California United States Torrance, California
Style Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Teacher(s) Helio Gracie

     9th Degree Red belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

     Brown belt in Judo
Spouse Silvia Gracie
Children Rose, Riane, Ryron, Rener, Ralek, Segina, Reylan, Roran, Renon, Ricon
Notable students Ryron Gracie, Ralek Gracie, John McCarthy, Ed O'Neill, Michael Clarke Duncan, Dr. Robert Rey, Eve Torres, Javier Vazquez, CM Punk

Rorion Gracie (/ˈhɔəri.ɒn ˈɡræs/; born 1952) is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner and instructor, a prominent member of the Gracie family, and a founder of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He is the oldest son of Hélio Gracie[1] and one of the few people in the world to hold a 9th degree red belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu,[2] receiving that promotion on October 27, 2003 from his father.

Rorion taught Mel Gibson Gracie Jiu Jitsu for the movie Lethal Weapon.[3]

Gracie holds a bachelor's degree in law. After visiting the US in the 1960s, Rorion went back in 1978 to share his father Hélio Gracie's Jiu-Jitsu techniques, teaching in his garage.[4] Currently, the Gracie Academy is headquartered in Torrance with a studio in Beverly Hills and online. In 1999–2000 he was involved with a legal dispute with his cousin Carley Gracie for trademark infringement. Rorion ultimately won his lawsuit and was awarded $108,000 in damages (along with $620,000 in attorney's fees) from Carley for infringement of the triangle logo trademark. Both sides appealed, but Rorion's appeal was dismissed. After Carley filed for bankruptcy protection so he would not have to pay the attorney's fees and damages. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in Carley's favor, affirmed his victory over the Gracie name and ordered the District Court Judge to cancel Rorion's federal trademark registration.[5]

Rorion wrote and published the book Gracie Diet in 2011.[6] He is the father-in-law of UFC fighter Javier Vazquez.

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Rorion Gracie is the author of The Gracie Diet Book, released 2011. The book reveals the eating strategies behind the Gracie family's remarkable health, longevity and success in GJJ.

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