Helio Gracie (October 1, 1913 -- January 29, 2009) was a Brazilian martial artist who, together with his brother Carlos Gracie, founded the martial art of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu.
With Luiz Franca and Oswaldo Fadda, he also founded the martial art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ).
According to Rorion Gracie, his father Helio Gracie is one of the first sports heroes in Brazilian history; he was named Man of the Year in 1997 by the American martial arts publication Black Belt magazine.
He was the father of Rickson Gracie, Royler Gracie, Royce Gracie, Relson Gracie, and Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Co-founder Rorion Gracie, among other sons and daughters.
According to one of his most notable opponents, Masahiko Kimura, Gracie held the rank of 6th dan in judo.
At the age of 95, he taught and trained on the mat until 10 days before his death, when he became ill and did not survive.
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