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ABOUT THE ACADEMY

Our academy is part of the Rilion Gracie Assocation with Schools all around the world. Our team has over 40 years combined training experience in both Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Judo. With a strong mindset on life development and sport, We hold close to Master Rilion's vision and techniques.

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MASTER RILION GRACIE

Second Generation Tradition

Rilion Gracie is the youngest male son of the Grand Master Carlos Gracie Sr. (the founder of Gracie Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and the creator of MMA ). He has been involved in his father’s tradition since he was born. He has grown up in the world of mats, healthy living, improved life skills and philosophic concepts of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. Rilion is proud to have had his father Carlos Sr. and his brother Rolls (the forefather of modern Jiu Jitsu) as his mentors and professors.

Before Jiu-Jitsu became a sport, it was a martial art based on the principles of respect, hierarchy, discipline, self-control, self-confidence, patience and many others. The objective is rendering the opponent into submission.

Rilion fought competitively for 15 years in both Jiu Jitsu and free style matches. In his competitive career as a Black Belt he was never submitted, neither in competition nor in sparring sessions.

He is recognized in the Jiu Jitsu world for his mastery of the art and has become known for being “100% technical”.’

In the early 1980’s besides teaching at the Gracie Ipanema academy, he was a founding member of the Gracie JJ School in the Barra da Tijuca neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro, along with his older brothers Crolin and Carlos Jr. In 1988, he was one of the instructors at the first Gracie Jiu Jitsu Seminar in the United States hosted by the actor and Martial Arts enthusiast Chuck Norris.

OUR COACHES

PROFESSOR RAFAEL

2nd Degree Black Belt BJJ

PROFESSOR RAFAEL

2nd Degree Black Belt BJJ

COACH JASON

4 Stripe Blue Belt BJJ

COACH JASON

4 Stripe Blue Belt BJJ

COACH JASON (KIDS)

1 Stripe Blue Belt BJJ

COACH JASON (KIDS)

1 Stripe Blue Belt BJJ

COACH EMILEE (KIDS)

1 Stripe Orange-White Belt BJJ

COACH EMILEE (KIDS)

1 Stripe Orange-White Belt BJJ

HISTORY

"The Gentle Art" can be traced back to India, and was practiced by Buddhist monks.

Concerned with self-defense, these monks created techniques based upon principles of balance and leverage, and a system of manipulating the body in a manner where one could avoid relying upon strength or weapons. With the expansion of buddhism, jiu jitsu spread from southeast Asia to China, finally arriving in Japan where it developed and gained further popularity.

In the last days of 19th century, some jiu jitsu masters emigrated from Japan to other continents, teaching the martial arts, as well as competing in fights and competitions.

Esai Maeda Koma, also known as “Conde Koma,” was one such master. After traveling with troupe which fought in various countries in Europe and the Americas, Koma arrived in Brazil 1915, and settled in Belem do Para the next year, where he met a man named Gastao Gracie.

The father of eight children, among them five boys and three girls, Gastao became a jiu jitsu enthusiast and brought his oldest son, Carlos, to learn to fight from the Japanese master.For a naturally frail fifteen-year old Carlos Gracie, jiu jitsu became a method not simply for fighting, but for personal improvement. At nineteen, he moved to Rio de Janeiro with his family and began teaching and competing in the martial arts. In his travels, Carlos would teach classes, and also proved the efficiency of the art by beating adversaries who were more physically gifted. At around this time, the “MMA Style” of fighting was born. In 1925, he returned to Rio and opened the first school, known as the “Academia Gracie de Jiu Jitsu.”

Having created an efficient self defense system, Carlos Gracie saw in the art a way to become a man who was more tolerant, respectful, and self-confident. With a goal of proving jiu jitsu’s superiority as well as to build a family tradition, Carlos challenged the greatest fighters of the time, as well as managing the fighting careers of his brothers. Fighting opponents fifty or sixty pounds heavier, the Gracie’s quickly gained recognition and prestige.

Attracted to the new market which was opened around jiu jitsu, many Japanese practitioners came to Rio, but none were able to establish schools as successful as the Gracies. This was due to the fact that the Japanese stylists were more focused on takedowns and throws, and the jiu jitsu the Gracie’s practiced had more sophisticated ground fighting and submission techniques. Carlos and his brothers changed the techniques in such a way that it completely altered the complexion of the international jiu jitsu principles. These techniques were so distinctive to Carlos and his brothers that the sport became attached to a national identity, and is now commonly known as “Brazilian Jiu Jitsu,” practiced by artists all over the world, including Japan.

Since then, Carlos started to share his knowledge to his brothers, adapting and refining the techniques to naturally weaker characteristics of his family. Also, Carlos taught them his philosophies of life as well as his concepts of natural nutrition. Eventually, Carlos became a pioneer in creating a special diet for athletes, “the Gracie diet,” which transformed jiu jitsu into a term synonymous with health.

Also, Carlos taught them his philosophies of life as well as his concepts of natural nutrition. Eventually, Carlos became a pioneer in creating a special diet for athletes, “the Gracie diet,” which transformed jiu jitsu into a term synonymous with health.