Thursday, 29 January 2009

Helio Gracie 1913-2009

Grandmaster Helio Gracie

I had to post something here today. This morning, one of the creators of the form of the art that I practice and think about every day died at his home in Brazil.

There are many alive today that call themselves "Grandmaster" and many in the past that have been lauded as such, but Helio was genuinely a legend that took a form of martial art and moulded it, refined it to become a phenomenon that forced all serious martial artists too look at the effectiveness of their systems.

Pick up any book on BJJ, or google his name and there are stories and legends of how Helio pioneered significant developments in an already efficient system and created a legacy.

I do not intend to cover old ground here but just wanted to pay tribute to a man that had a lasting effect on martial arts and the lives of all of us who practice his, and his family's incarnation of Jiu Jitsu.

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