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Old 01-29-2009, 04:27 PM
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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.
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Old 01-29-2009, 05:00 PM
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Passing of a legend.
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What a long and full life! God bless Helio Gracie!
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Old 01-29-2009, 05:19 PM
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RIP - He has done a lot for the world of MMA.
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Old 01-29-2009, 05:32 PM
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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
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Old 01-29-2009, 07:08 PM
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What an awesome lifetime he had.


That kind of legecy will live on forever.
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Old 01-29-2009, 07:12 PM
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Rest in Peace

Great man!
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Old 01-29-2009, 07:45 PM
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wow this is the the last thing I expected comeing on to here

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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?
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Old 01-29-2009, 08:54 PM
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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
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