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Max
01-29-2009, 05:27 PM
http://www.sherdog.com/news/news/helio-gracie-dead-15977

Thursday, January 29, 2009
by Brian Knapp (bknapp@sherdog.com)

Helio Gracie, the father of Gracie jiu-jitsu, is dead at the age of 95. Gracie passed in his sleep early Thursday in Itaipaiva, Rio de Janeiro, after he had been admitted to a local hospital a few days prior for stomach problems.

“He passed the way he always wanted to –- quick and fast,” said an immediate relative, who asked not to be identified. The relative said Gracie’s body would be buried on Thursday.

The youngest of Cesalina and Gastao Gracie’s eight children, he learned traditional jiu-jitsu by watching his brother, Carlos, teach it, but his small frame made it difficult for him to execute the moves. As a result, he adapted techniques to fit his limited physical ability and gave rise to modern-day Brazilian jiu-jitsu.

Gracie was involved in two legendary fights. He lost to Masahiko Kimura -- a man who outweighed him by some 80 pounds -- in 1951 when Carlos threw in the towel after Kimura broke Gracie’s arm with the shoulder lock that now bears his name. Four years later, Gracie fought former student Valdemar Santana for nearly four hours and won by technical knockout after Santana succumbed to exhaustion.

His impact on the sport of mixed martial arts was profound. His son, Rorion, was credited with developing the concept that became the Ultimate Fighting Championship, and another of his sons, Royce, won the first two UFC tournaments in 1993 and 1994. Two other sons, Rickson and Royler, also competed in MMA.

Gracie is survived by his wife Vera; his sons Rickson, Royler, Rolker, Royce, Relson, Robin and Rorion; his daughters Rerika and Ricci, as well as numerous siblings, nieces, nephews, and grandchildren.

TJ DeSantis contributed to this report.

VCURamFan
01-29-2009, 06:00 PM
Passing of a legend.

Llamafighter
01-29-2009, 06:03 PM
What a long and full life! God bless Helio Gracie!

County Mike
01-29-2009, 06:19 PM
RIP - He has done a lot for the world of MMA.

rearnakedchoke
01-29-2009, 06:32 PM
Damn ... who knows what a lot of us would be watching if it weren't for this man .. He will be missed ... A legend

RIP Helio

Crisco
01-29-2009, 08:08 PM
What an awesome lifetime he had.


That kind of legecy will live on forever.

Jonlion
01-29-2009, 08:12 PM
Rest in Peace

Great man!

Jason 16
01-29-2009, 08:45 PM
wow this is the the last thing I expected comeing on to here

RIP

ufcfan2
01-29-2009, 08:47 PM
Not to take away the moment,but will the UFC pay respect to him properly at one of their ppv? I think it would professional of them too,but I guess maybe not necessary?

Jason 16
01-29-2009, 09:54 PM
Not to take away the moment,but will the UFC pay respect to him properly at one of their ppv? I think it would professional of them too,but I guess maybe not necessary?

they dint pay respect realy to evan tanner at least to the extent I would like have seen

hizo64
01-29-2009, 10:17 PM
Sad day in MMA....

VCURamFan
01-29-2009, 10:56 PM
Not to take away the moment,but will the UFC pay respect to him properly at one of their ppv? I think it would professional of them too,but I guess maybe not necessary?Probably not, since he was never directly involved with the UFC. His son started it & his other son was its first champion, but as far as Zuffa's concerned, he's nothing more than a glorified cornerman.

That being said, I wouldn't be shocked if a bunch of the fighters mention him.

Oddtodd76
01-29-2009, 11:06 PM
I just learned where the name kimura originated from the article.

cheachea
01-30-2009, 01:19 AM
May he rest in peace.

atomdanger
01-30-2009, 01:49 AM
I cried a little about this.

Huge loss...

TexasRN
01-30-2009, 01:52 AM
I cried a little about this.

Huge loss...

:cry: Awwww.


~Amy

Spiritwalker
01-30-2009, 02:46 AM
What a long and full life! God bless Helio Gracie!


Well said.. don't know that anything I can say would improve upon that.

MattHughesRocks
01-30-2009, 03:18 AM
God bless Mr Gracie

billwilliams70
01-30-2009, 10:51 AM
RIP Mr. Gracie.

Later.

VCURamFan
01-30-2009, 04:45 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfJAjG3gY6g

J.B.
01-30-2009, 05:05 PM
Very sad news indeed.

Helio was a true legend in the sport, and he will be missed.

My thoughts and prayers are with the Gracie family.

xSubmission
04-16-2009, 03:28 AM
haha im glad!
I knew there were some Gracie affiliates in here. Thank you for mentioning him