The youngest son of Gastao and Cesalina Gracie's eight children, Helio was a very physically frail child. He was sent to live with some aunts and through these family contacts, he found work as a coxman for a popular local rowing team, eventually moving into the team dorms. After a couple of years, when he was about 14, he moved in with his older brothers who lived and taught jiu-jitsu in a house in Botafogo, a borough of Rio de Janeiro. He would spend the next few years limited to only watching his brothers teach, especially Carlos, since doctors had recommended that they keep Helio away from any physical activity. One day when Helio was 16 years old, a student showed up for class and Carlos was not around. Helio, who had memorized all the moves and words of his older brother, offered to start the class. When the class was over, Carlos showed up very apologetic for his delay. The student answered, "No problem. I enjoyed the class with Helio very much and, if you don't mind, I'd like to continue with him." Carlos agreed and Helio became an instructor. Helio soon realized that some of the techniques he had memorized from watching Carlos teach were not very easy for him to execute. He then started to adapt those moves to his frail body's abilities, improving the leverage in the execution of some of those techniques. He dared to break away from the traditional jiu-jitsu his brothers had learned and were teaching, and through trial and error, Gracie Jiu-Jitsu was born.
Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy
Official site with information on Helio, Rorion and the next generation of the Gracie clan. Includes academy events, class schedule, pricing, store, gallery and video clips. Features chat room and message board.
Carlson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Australia
Ben Hall head instructor of Carlson Gracie jiu-jitsu in Australia. Fulltime academy in Melbourne teaching Jiu-Jitsu, submission wrestling, MMA and self-defence.
Charles Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy
Academy listing, gallery, history of Jiu-Jitsu, biography of Charles Gracie, tournament rules, products and associations. [Daly City, CA]
Delaware Jiu-Jitsu
Instruction in Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for children, teens and adults. Located in Wilmington, Delaware.
Derby City Martial Arts
A Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, BJJ, MMA school located in Louisville Kentucky. Instructors Colin Cannon and Kyle Cannon are purple belts under Caique and hold gi and no gi classes every week.
Fight Works
Teaching Relson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu including street fighting, self defense and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instruction. [North Virginia]
Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Miami
Class times, history of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, programs and workshops. Located in North Miami Beach.
Gracie Magazine
The English version of Gracie magazine.
Gracie USA
Information on Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, diet, Vale Tudo and general resources.
Indianapolis Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Practice of the Gracie style under Greg Eldred. Includes instructor profile, class schedule and fees, photos, and news.
Jiu-Jitsu/ Brazilian Jiu-jitsu/Royce Gracie Network
This Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Academy is a Royce Gracie Network located in Long Beach Ca.
Marcelo Alonso Jiu-Jitsu
BJJ School in Seattle and Tacoma Washington led by former head instructor of the famous Carlson Gracie Academy Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Performance Jiu-Jitsu Academy
Classes in Fair Lawn, New Jersey taught by Royler Gracie Black Belt Louis Vintaloro. Beginners to advanced students. Includes class schedules and profile of the instructor.
Relson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy North Columbus Chapter
The Relson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy North Columbus Chapter is one of the oldest and most diverse Brazilian Jiujitsu schools in the country. Jeff Hudson is a black belt under Relson Gracie with Brown Belt Robin Gieseler his head instructor.
Renzo Gracie
Official site of the famous MMA fighter. Includes news and forums.
Renzo Gracie Pa Academy
Academy offering BJJ, grappling, MMA, Boxing, Muay Thai and wrestling classes for all levels. Contains gallery and schedule. Located in Hatfield, Pennsylvania.
Ricardo Almeida's South Jersey Academy
Instructor biography, news, and class schedules.
Royce Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Network - Jacksonville Chapter
Gracie Jiu-Jitsu academy in Jacksonville, FL.
Team R.O.C.
Teaching Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai. Photographs, fighters, tournaments, schedule, news and links. [Chapel Hill, NC]
Warrior Way
A Team Caique school offering instruction in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai.
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