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MMA Hall of Fame: Helio Gracie

Written on March 12, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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For the first time, Fighting Insider will feature a sports icon who made a big contribution to Mixed Martial Arts. Presenting the father of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu -- Helio Gracie.

Born on October 1, 1913, is a fighter who founded the Gracie Jiu Jitsu or with his brother — Carlos Gracie. He is widely considered as one of Brazil’s sports heroes, and known to held the 6th dan rank in Judo.

During his early years, the Judo was commonly referred as Kano Jiu Jitsu or just Jiu Jitsu. Due to Helio Gracie’s smaller size, the Jiu Jitsu moves was much harder to execute as it requires brute strength. Hence, he adapted the techniques for his particular physical attributes. As a result, Gracie Jiu Jitsu was invented. Later on, Gracie Jiu Jitsu became internationally known as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. The Brazilian Jiu Jitsu uses techniques that enable smaller and weaker practitioners to defeat larger opponents.

The father of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Helio Gracie died on January 29, 2009 at 95.


1932: Submitted Antonio Portugal by armlock
1932: Draw with Takashi Namiki
1932: Draw with Fred Ebert
1934: Draw with Wladek Zbyszko
1934: Submitted Taro Miyake by choke
1935: Submitted Dudu by Side Kick to the spleen.
1935: Draw with Yassuiti Ono
1936: Draw with Takeo Yano
1936: Submitted Massagoichi by armlock
1936: Draw with Yassuiti Ono
1937: Submitted Erwin Klausner by armlock
1937: Submitted Espingarda
1950: Submitted Landulfo Caribe by choke
1950: Submitted Azevedo Maia by choke
1951: Draw with Kato
1951: Submitted Kato by choke
1951: Defeated by Masahiko Kimura by Kimura lock
1955: Defeated by Valdemar Santana by TKO
1967: Submitted Valdomiro dos Santos Ferreira by choke


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