I am very saddened to learn of the death of Helio Gracie on 1/29/09. Helio Gracie was the founder of the Martial Arts style of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Gracie took the techniques of traditional Japanese Jiu Jitsu and modified them to emphasize position and leverage to give smaller opponents a way to compete against their larger competitors. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu’s increase in popularity over the past 15 or so years has pretty much single-handedly modernized the look and practice of Martial Arts all over the world.
Helio Gracie definitely left his mark on this earth with his great contributions to Martial Arts. Helio’s legacy will live on with the millions of martial artists who have incorporated Brazilian Jiu Jitsu into their training regimen. My heart goes out to the Gracie family.
You may click here to read Helio’s obituary.
Until next time, keep up the good fight!