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2/10/2009 10:50:19 AM | His passing is a great loss for the Karate world. Nobody can replace his place.
My condolences to the Gracie family and relatives.
Sensei Ajithkumar Vidyadharan Karickanal,Manjoor Kerala, India

Ajithkumar Vidyadharan

2/10/2009 10:49:39 AM | I would like to express my condolences to the Gracie family. I had the pleasure to meet, and train with Grandmaster Helio Gracie.

Jean Pierre Saadeh

2/10/2009 10:42:14 AM | I am sorry to hear of the passing of Grandmaster Gracie. My prayers will go out to your family at this difficult time. Although I"ve only be in martial arts a very short time, I have been told of the importance of Grandmaster Gracie, and the Gracie family, has had on Jiu-Jitsu. It truly takes a special person to dedicate their life to an art, then pass it on to others to learn. For all his students and for all of us that continue to learn it is a blessing & honor for us that Grandmaster Gracie expressed his kindness and dedication to teach others. He will be missed but he will never be forgotten as his trade and art will live forever. Thank you Grandmaster Gracie and the Gracie family. God Bless you.

Michael Reisig

2/2/2009 8:42:15 AM | My deepest condolence to Helio"s Gracie family for the loss. I am confident that his family,students and followers of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu will pass the learning and teaching of the legend to the world of martial arts as it was,when he was alive. The Pakistan Martial Arts Community and members of ZMA&SF are sad.

Prof Dr Rizwan Mustafa Zubairi

2/2/2009 8:41:49 AM | On behalf of the Padamada family and the Kuroda Clan, our condolences to the Gracie Family in the lose of such a special elder. His endurance and perseverance in the martial arts field will not soon be forgotten.

Kui J. Padamada

2/2/2009 8:41:26 AM | my deepest sympothy goes out to the Gracie family. The world lost a true inspiration to tha martial arts. Helio Gracie will truly be missed and remembered throughout history. Thank you for positively impacting my life...!

Mark Lynn Chadwick Jr

2/2/2009 8:41:05 AM | Our condolences to the Gracie family and relatives as well as to all members of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy. May his great legacy live on forever. May the Lord keep him in his Glory. God Bless, From all of the Shim Shin-Do & Martial Smart Staff. Grandmaster Sergio Barriga and Family. Psalm: 23

GM Sergio G. Barriga

2/2/2009 8:40:43 AM | Con todo respeto le acompaamos el sentimiento a toda la Familia Gracie junto a sus discipulos. Que sus enseanzas sigan eternamente atraves de los maestros tan queridos mundialmente. Que Nuestro Seor lo tenga en su reino. Que Dio bendiga a todos sus queridos, Con todo nuestro respeto de todos los Profesores y maestros del: Shim Shin-Do Argentino, Martial Smart y su Staff. Fundador Grandmaster Sergio Barriga y familia. Psalm: 23

GM Sergio G. Barriga

2/2/2009 8:40:18 AM | I"m very sorry to hear and SO SORRY TO HEAR OF ANOTHER passing. God bless him and his family. best regards for other great masters. president of WKCF

proffessor edward p. sodain

1/31/2009 1:44:31 PM | 

با سلام و احترام فراوان خدمت خانواده بزرگ گریسی: درگذشت دردناک استاد بزرگ هلیو گریسی را به تمامی برادران گریسی و خاندان بزرگ گریسی و دنیای هنرهای رزمی تسلیت می گوییم. فقدان این استاد بزرگ برای ما بسیار ناراحت کننده است و دیگر دنیای هنرهای رزمی همانند ایشان را به خود نخواهد دید. ما آرزوی این را داشتیم که در محظر ایشان به شاگردی بپردازیم اما تقدیر روزگار این اجازه را به ما نداد. اما سعی می کنیم که شاگردانی کوشا و متعهد برای فرزندان ایشان باشیم و وفادار به این هنر رزمی.

Saber Darvishi & Mohammad Fathali

1/31/2009 1:44:00 PM | My prayers go out to the Gracie family for their loss. GM Gracie will truly be missed.

Roger Kirk

1/31/2009 1:43:40 PM | To: The Entire Gracies Family:
We at Family Taekwondo Inc & Staff are saddened of hearing that Grand Master Helio Gracie"s passing. Our prayers are with the entire family. We in the entire Martial Arts world have lost a true friend and champion. I pray to god that his family find the peace and understanding of how much he is loved and respected. May his name continue to live on by his great sons and family. We have always honored and respect the entire gracie"s family "God Bless "

Fulvio A Ortega

1/31/2009 1:43:16 PM | I am sorry for your loss. May his legend always live on through his family. God Bless.

Chritine Mitchell

1/31/2009 1:39:48 PM | La Organizacin Mundial de las Artes Marciales y para nosotros desde Caracas Venezuela una lamentable prdida del gran maestro Helio Gracie en nombre de la UMAM, ALCNV Y EDV gracias por sus conocimientos maestro Grandmaster Lic. Carlos A. Guache

Carlos A. Guache Diaz

1/31/2009 1:39:26 PM | wow. what an amazing man. its a tragedy that hes now passed away, but he most definitely lived a legend.

nna kotenski

1/31/2009 1:39:03 PM | Condolence to Gracie Family....

Ramon M. Zaldivar

1/31/2009 1:38:42 PM | I am a police investigator in California. I have followed so many wonderful events involving the Gracie Family and their assistance training my fellow law enforcement brothers.
Please except my condolences in the sad passing of Mr. Gracie. His honor will live on forever!

Investigator Ken Hudgens

1/31/2009 1:38:13 PM | My condolences to the Gracie family.
While I have never met Great Martial Arts Legend. Grandmaster Helio Gracie. I have heard many good things abouty his work as a top class martial artist.
One would hope that his teachings will live on through others who follow him.
Sr.Master Carl Tate - Tang Soo Do

Sr.Master Carl Tate

1/30/2009 8:06:05 AM | Thank you for your legacy. Our condolences to the Gracie family.
John Nottingham and the USA Martial Arts Students of Scottsdale, Glendale, and Gilbert Arizona.

John Nottingham

1/30/2009 8:05:27 AM | My condolences to the gracie family grandmaster helio gracie will missed by all martialartist

George Trinidad De La TORRE

1/30/2009 8:04:58 AM | In my training I have been presented with the choice of either doing just enough, or making the effort to go beyond that and set excellence as my goal. My Kyoshi encouraged me, from the start, to choose excellence, for which I am grateful. As I work to maintain that standard, I understand that Master Gracie held onto excellence and displayed it decade, after decade, after decade. And we have all benefited for it. Condolences to the Gracie family, as he is missed, but never forgotten.

Bill Null

1/30/2009 8:04:37 AM | Your contributions are immeasurable and having so many accomplishments.Your history is one of legend with 95 years of life with an amazing legacy left to your family. Which you gave the world a class Art that will endure throughout history. Your personal contributions to the Martial arts World will be missed but will be shared with your family. Your legend lives on forever in mind, body & sprit. We would like to wish the Gracie family our heartfelt condolences and prayers.God bless

GM James Gordon

1/30/2009 8:04:15 AM | Indeed, a great ork tree has fallen. the vacuum created by your departure cannot be filled by any. rest in peace until we meet again


1/30/2009 8:03:44 AM | My sincere condolences to the Gracie family for your loss.
Even those who do not train in BJJ cannot deny the influence and impact Grandmaster Helio Gracie had on the martial arts world.
His legacy will live on and his name will not be forgotten.
R.I.P Sir.

Stuart Rider

1/30/2009 8:02:42 AM | I"m very sorry to hear that Grandmaster Helio Gracie has passed on. His true dedication and many contributions to the martial arts have made a positive impact on the entire world. May God bless him and his family.

Jim Curtis

1/30/2009 8:02:16 AM | My thoughts and prayers to the family.
While my knowledge of Grandmaster Helio is limited, my life has been truly enriched.
He was a great man, a pioneer and martial artist.
His teachings and spirit will indeed live on forever in all who have been Blessed by his life.

David Young

1/29/2009 6:55:50 PM | God Bless the Gracie Family. Also, a thank you goes out to Fariborz Azhakh for the great video short called What is that?

Houston Williams

1/29/2009 6:54:22 PM | It is with great sadness that I extend my condolences to the family of a great man.
I met GrandMaster Gracie almost over 15 years ago in Torrance, Calif., he offered me juice, a firm handshake and a friendly smile.
He was a man that created his own path and changed the world of Martial Arts.
He will be greatly missed.

John Natividad

1/29/2009 6:53:45 PM | It saddens me to know that helio gracie has passed. Even though i never met the master but i feel like ive known him for years because of his writings his interviews and other ways of connecting with him through the gracie academy. I had been saving up to go to the gracie academy and hopefully meet the master. he will be missed by millions . My condolences to his family and may god bless.

Ernest Cebrian

1/29/2009 6:53:16 PM | Our deepest sympathy goes out to the Gracie family. A valuable piece of martial arts is gone. Edison Martial Arts Academyh

Master William Scott

1/29/2009 6:52:49 PM | I want to pay my humble respects to a Great Master Teacher of all times...I had the honor of meeting two of his sons in seminars and I want to send my deepest condolense to his wife, childrens and his students worldwide. He will truly be missed and is a great lost to the martial world.he will be remember for his contribution in his lifetime...
From the Wing Chun Kali Association
Westchester County New York

Sifu|Guru Angel E. Mercado Jr.

1/29/2009 6:52:16 PM | Rest well! You did a great thing for the World and your family Grand Master. A great Martial Artist has left us.

Jim Chandler

1/29/2009 4:27:10 PM | Grandmaster Helio was my idle always. Even though I have not been practicing BJJ as long as I wish I had, I have tremendous respect for this great man. i have never seen anyone do what he did, affect as many people as he did with what he loved. It is amazing how he made BJJ be practiced all around the world. Every fighter in the world today practices BJJ. BJJ for sure is what it is today due to Grandmaster Helio and the Gracie family.
My condolences to his wife and all of his family from myself and all of my students at Silva Martial Arts.

D. Jorge Silva

1/29/2009 4:26:44 PM | My condolences goes out to the Gracie Family. Grandmaster Gracie was and always will be a legend in the martial arts community.

William M. Hooper

1/29/2009 4:26:00 PM | Grandmaster Gracie was a legend in our industry and opened all of our eyes to the importance of ground work to truly have a complete system of martial arts. Having worked in the Gracie system with Carlos Jr. he always spoke very graciously about Helio, we offer our prayers to the immediate family and thank them for all that they have been to our industry and students of the martial arts world wide.

Master Dan J. Anderson

1/29/2009 4:25:35 PM | I did not know Grandmaster Gracie personally, but in looking at all he accomplished in his life I think Robert Wickmans" quote might fit him - Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming: "Wow! What a ride!" Here was a man that stretched his limits every day. He will be missed.

Patrick Hoffmann

1/29/2009 4:22:00 PM | Our condolences.

Scott Knudson

1/29/2009 4:21:38 PM | God bless the soul of Master Gracie and those that will be left to honor his memory. May he walk in peace and see more clearly in the new life.

Davis, Timothy Shifu

1/29/2009 4:21:19 PM | My deepest sympathy to the Gracie Family, their friends and students on the passing of the Grandmaster. May he Rest in Peace. David Peterson, "Melbourne Chinese Martial Arts Club" Australia.

David Peterson

1/29/2009 1:35:40 PM | Our deepest sympathy to the family. The footsteps made by this TRUE GRANDMASTER will never be walked the same. It is a great loss that to loose such an individual who has give us all such a world of knowledge. His transition and introduciton of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu to the world has awakened so many of us that were blind to the possibilities that are out there. He was and forever will be a great warrior.

Greg Brown

1/29/2009 1:27:02 PM | I did not have the honor of ever meeting Grandmaster Helio Gracie, however, his impact on myself and the martial arts community has been priceless. We have all been blessed to have such an influential martial artist touch our lives for so long. Gracie Jiu-Jitsu is a staple in the martial arts. Without his tenacity, open-mindedness and superb teaching methodology grappling and ground defense would be a lost art and the UFC would have never been.
Though we have lost a great pioneer of the martial arts he has left a wonderful legacy through his family and those who have learned and/or taught Gracie Jiu-Jitsu.
God bless everyone throughout this difficult time, but please understand there are very few people in this world who exit it leaving such a positive impact on millions of people.
God bless,
Jason Kifer

Jason Kifer

1/29/2009 1:08:00 PM | This is a very sad moment in martial arts, he was a pioneer.....he will be missed, I wish the best to his family....Peace...

Professor John Bono DC

1/29/2009 1:07:37 PM | There are no words to express the great loss of such a man. My condolences and prayers are with those left behind.

Glen Fitzmaurice

1/29/2009 1:07:14 PM | It is with great sadness that I learned about the passing of the legendary man who was known as the Grand Patriarch of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, he is Helio Gracie.
My sincere condolances go out to all of the Gracie family and members all over the world, and may I say that the great Helio Gracie was an incredible man who"s efforts and reputation will never be forgotten by the many practitioners of the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu all over the world.
Helio Gracie is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and when ever this martial art is mentioned, his name will always be remembered as the Grand Patriarch of Gracie Jiu Jitsu, and as one of the founders of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
May Helio Gracie rest in peace with our Lord Jesus Christ, and may he enjoy the beauty of eternity in the God"s heaven.

GM Vince Palumbo



1/29/2009 1:03:22 PM | My deepest condolences to the family.
He was a great man, a pioneer and martial artist. His teachings will live on forever.

Bill Bleakley

1/29/2009 1:02:52 PM | Maestro Helio Garcie gave the world the best of BJJ. My deepest condolences, honor and respect goes out to his entire family. He will be personally missed, but he will live forever in the hearts, mind, and knowledge that he left behind.
God Bless All of you.
James McMurray, Grandmaster
House of Discipline -MooHapSool
World Kido Federation

Grandmaster James McMurray

1/29/2009 1:02:18 PM | GrandMaster Helio Gracie changed the Martial Arts as we know them today. My condolences to the Gracie family, he will live in our hearts and in our dojo"s forver.
God Bless
always in the spirit
John Olshlager

John Olshlager

1/29/2009 1:01:47 PM | What a wonderful, fulfilling career. I am sure he was an inspiration to the people of Brazil. May he rest in peace.

Selwyn Roberts

1/29/2009 1:01:15 PM | Thank you for the time that you were with us Helio and the great legacy that you left us.
A man"s life is remembered and measured by his deeds and contributions to the world, and you have certainly been one of the most influential masters of the martial arts world in the 20th century.
You will always be remembered
Kindest reagrds and deepest condolences to the Gracie family.
Dr Geoff Aitken
Academy of Combat
New Zealand

Geoff Aitken

1/29/2009 1:00:31 PM | He was a great man... A friend to many in the Martial Arts World.
There is no greater blessing than an understanding friend, who"s there in times of trouble and on whom we can depend. A friend who knows our every mood and brightens cloudy days, One who"s slow to criticize, but quick to offer praise. There is no greater blessing than a friend who always cares, One who will remember us in daily thoughts and prayers.
My prays go out to the Family.
With all our love....

Roger Boggs

1/29/2009 12:59:47 PM | It is a sad day for the Martial Arts world. A True GrandMaster has passed. This gentleman made the biggest impact on modern martial arts.
I like many others did not beleive that I would ever have to fight on the ground. That changed back in the mid 90s after my first exposer to Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. Here it is now 2009 and the only thing I really want to do is train is Jiu-Jitsu. I was lucky enough to train with Grandmaster Helio a few years ago. This is something that I will always remember.
Our prayers go out to his family. This one man will be missed by everyone who knew him.
Rest in Peace Sir...

Ken Hudson

1/29/2009 12:59:14 PM | My prayers go out to the Gracie family. Helio"s contribution to martial are will never be matched. Helio, you will be missed. Thank you.

Jeremiah Hosch

1/29/2009 11:42:11 AM | The World has lost another Great Martial Arts Legend. His teachings thru his sons and relatives will ensure that his style of Jiujitsu will continue to be the best.
My condolences goes out to the Gracie Family.
Shihan Tim Thompson,
Ryoshin-Kan Karate School,

Shihan Tim Thompson

1/29/2009 11:39:38 AM | My deepest condolences to the Gracie Family, their fellow instructors, students and friends.
Though I never had the honour of meeting Grandmaster Helio, I too agree that the Martial Arts community has lost yet another of it's legends.
May he rest in peace and be immortal in our memories for many years to come.
Again, sorry for your loss Gracie Family.
Renshi Joe Burns
GRK UK & Ireland.

Renshi Joe Burns

1/29/2009 11:39:26 AM | All us World Official Members wishes to express ours coundolences to GRANDMASTER Wife ,Sons ,Family and Students , now the Martial World is not the same.Many Thanks to GRANDMASTER Helio Grace for the Important Tribute .God bless you all.My best regards , the WMSKPKAC / WLOMA-KIM / KYRJJ / IFKCA / ANISJJ / MAO / JFC PAI TSU SHAN MEN REM,,Prof.Gilberto Pauciullo

Gilberto Pauciullo

1/29/2009 11:38:43 AM | Beautiful sets of accomplishements for a young physical disabled child. I myself practice martial arts in the style called Lima Lama Nokaoi and even though I started late in my 40"s it has broadened my way of thinking and restored some of my phisical ablities (even better) as when I was young.
Beautiful example!!!

Steven Carrasco

1/29/2009 11:30:22 AM | This is agreat martial arts lost.
my condolence and sympathies to his family,also to his martial arts family.
may god rest him in peace.

Mohammed Saad Alkahtani

1/29/2009 11:29:52 AM | great lost for all the martial art"s familly

boutafgha aziz

1/29/2009 11:29:34 AM | From my self and our Dojoku family,
we would like to send our DEEPEST condolences to the Gracie family and friends. We have TRUELY lost a GREAT Master and humanitrian here. The world of martial arts will always be different because of this family the leagacy of Grandmaster Helio Gracie.
Again our deepest sympathy to this family.
Dojoku Martial Arts NC,TX

Raymond Cagle, Soke

1/29/2009 11:29:02 AM | We are deeply saddened to hear of Grandmaster Helio Gracie"s passing and our prayers are with his family. While we mourn with his family we celebrate his life as an example of what a true martial arts warrior should be.
He dedicated his life to his love for Jiujitsu and the world was better for it. His life was lived with honor and he will be remembered for his spirit as a true David that faced many Goliaths in his time. His legacy will continue in his sons and generations to come...but there was only one Helio Gracie.
"A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favor rather than silver and gold." - Proverbs 22:1

Joe Morejon, Black Belts for Christ

1/29/2009 11:14:26 AM | To all concerned, please accept my deepest sympathies for your loss and the loss of one of our great martial art legends. He will be missed.
All the best,
GM Werner Leuschner

GM Werner Leuschner

1/29/2009 11:13:55 AM | My condolences to the Gracie family and relatives. World is lose one of the best Martial Artist.
Hu Shen Fa Kung Fu Association
Grandmaster Sinisa Ivanji

Sinisa Ivanji

1/29/2009 11:13:30 AM | may i express my deepest regret on hearing this sad news he was an inspiration to all martial artists around the world he was the pillar of gracie jiu jitsu . his legacy will live on may he rest in peace shidoshi alfred reid
6th dan
bujinkan reid dojo

alfred reid

1/29/2009 11:12:57 AM | Mi mas sentido psame, a la familia Gracie. Dios Nuestro Seor acoja en su santa Gloria al Gran Master Helio Gracie. Se que Dios lo tiene en su ejercito de angeles y desde el cielo ayudara a las Artes Marciales.

Oscar Benavente

1/29/2009 11:12:39 AM | It is always sad when someone of such influence leaves us. All martial artists should look to his example and strive to better themselves and contribute to their arts as GM Gracie did. May his influences and teachings continue to be passed along for years to come.
My deepest condolences to his family, friends, and students.

Alain Burrese

1/29/2009 11:12:14 AM | my deepest condolences to gracie family,and the world of martial art.we will cherish your memories and your teaching forever.with grearest respect,reza ghasry

reza ghasry

1/29/2009 11:11:56 AM | This man will always be a legend.....and a true martial arts hero! His presence on this earth will missed.....but legends never die..... Sincerly, Rocky Twitchell/ Liahona Warrior Arts

Rocky Twitchell

1/29/2009 11:11:18 AM | My most sincere condolences to the Gracie family. Your loss is shared by all who love the "way".

Rudy W. Timmerman

1/29/2009 11:10:56 AM | We are truly sadden by the news of the passing of Great Grandmaster Gracie.
His contribution to the martial arts is perhaps one of the greatest legacies of our time. He has influenced many around the world with his vast knowledge of the sciences of martial arts, including myself. On behalf of the United States Hapkihae and the International Hapki Federation, we offer our sincere condolences, and hope that God will accept this great man and servant into heaven.


1/29/2009 11:10:31 AM | My condolences goes out to the Gracie Family. Grandmaster Gracie is an example of another great pioneer in the martial arts community.

Sensei Jesus A. Ortiz Jr aka Snsei Zeus

1/29/2009 11:09:16 AM | Aloha Gracie Family. My deepest condolences on the passing of a GREAT man & Martial Artis. He changed the Martial Arts world forever.The Martial Arts is eternalnaly greatfull. Sincerely Aloha from Hawaii. Rick Alemany

Grandmaster Rick Alemany



1/29/2009 11:08:16 AM | My condolences goes out to the Gracie family. My prayers are with you. Alan F.LOOBYJR United Tang Soo Do Bermuda

Alan F.Looby Jr.

1/29/2009 11:07:34 AM | I had pleasure to train with the Gracie Family back in 80s and had the wonderful experience while on a visit tothe Torrance academy in the 90s to actually go on the mat wity GrandMaster Helio, it was a landmark moment that I will never forget. after 39 years of training in the arts I still have to say that 45 minutes with Grand Master Helio Gracie was a definite crowning achievement. It with great Sadness and Deep respect to all members of the gracie Family especially to my personal teacher Royce that we offer our deepest and profound condolences in this incredible loss. The world loved your Father almost as much as you did and he will be sorely missed. He taught the world and now its his time to rest.

Shihan Tim Henry

1/29/2009 11:07:10 AM | GOD BLESS HIM.

Fatih Ince

1/29/2009 11:06:17 AM | My prayers go out to the Gracie Family, whom I have had the privilege of meeting some of the Gracie Clan. Know that your Father was and is well repected and lone by all who go to meet Him. The martial art community has lost another giant of the martial arts. Be blessed and walk in beauty always, for you father did; and it He brought a light at the end of the tunnel for many to follow. God Bless You All,
Prof. Dr. Sam Lone Wolf, D.Min

Prof. Dr. Sam Lone Wolf, D. Min./M.Div.

1/29/2009 10:59:55 AM | It is a sad day in the world of martial arts,I would like to express my condolences to the Gracie family.
Vaja con Dios Maestro

Vic Antico Rome Italy

1/29/2009 10:45:58 AM | My condolences to the Gracie family and relatives.
While I have never met the "Grandmaster" I have heard many good things abouty his work as a top class martial artist.
One can never replace someone like him, however, one would hope that his teachings will live on through others who follow him.
May God bless and smile upon him as he enters his domain in the heavens.
Gary Legacy, Hanshi
Legacy Shorin Ryu karate Jutsu

Gary Legacy, Hanshi

1/29/2009 9:09:30 AM | Grandmaster Helio Gracie was, without a doubt, the most important martial arts figure of our time. His health, his spirit, his family, his diet, his dedication, and his legacy --all of it serves as a guidebook for other teachers to use as an example of a life lived fully, vigorously, and with a rare kind of passion and focus.
After the passing of my father --a decade ago --I discovered that they don"t go away when they die. Your father stays with you, closer than before, and available whenever you need him. It is with this thought that I send my love, respect, and condolences to all of his amazing children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
He was your father, for sure --but in many ways, I feel, he was a father to a lot of us. We looked to him for lessons about how to be a Master in today"s world. He seemed to carry himself with such dignity and humility. I, for one, am very grateful to have had him, even if only in the periphery, in my life. I think a lot of other people feel the same way.
Rest in peace Grandmaster; you did your work as good or better than anyone before you. Thank you for setting such an amazing example.

Tom Callos

1/29/2009 6:20:39 AM | The world has lost a true legend. I am glad that he lived to see what his sons have done with what he taught them. I am sure he died a proud man. His sons now carry the tourch.They are legends themselves. TO all the family, my prayers are with you. Be well and continue to make him proud.

steven sexton

1/29/2009 6:20:39 AM | The influence Grand Master Gracie had on the world of martial arts cannot be exaggerated and I am saddened to hear of his passing.
If you have ever watched an MMA fight (UFC or others), if you have ever had a class in BJJ, and indeed if you train at any martial arts school that advertises "grappling" as part of it"s style, then you were directly influenced by Helio Gracie and his amazing family.
My gratitude and condolences go out to his family. I will remember him with great respect, admiration and thanks.

David Meyer

1/28/2009 4:22:57 PM | To the vast Gracie Family:
My deepest condolences to all of you. Many years ago, as a young black belt and martial arts journalist, I remember how little thought and print in the United States was ever given to the art of jujutsu, Japanese or otherwise. Starting in the late 1980s, as the famed Gracie clan started moving to the U.S. and defeating all comers, I saw the massive transition from virtual anonymity to worldwide respect that the Gracie family brought to Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
I see your patriarch as the man most responsible for this worldwide shift in martial arts respect. He thus joins other rare grandmasters like Gichin Funakoshi and Bruce Lee as one of the most prominent and influential martial artists of the entire 20th century.
And I wholeheartedly echo Master Tom Callos" memorable words that "his health, his spirit, his family, his diet, his dedication, and his legacyall of it serves as a guidebook for other teachers to use as an example of a life lived fully, vigorously, and with a rare kind of passion and focus."

John Corcoran

Web Site: http://www.gracieacademy.com

Carlos, Helio and Carlson Gracie: 2016 MAIA Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients

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Helio Gracie, The Teacher

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10/23/1951  Helio Gracie vs. Masahiko Kimura