Rorion Gracie Biography

Rorion Gracie is a Brazilian American Jiu-Jitsu Grand Master. Check out this biography to know about his childhood, family life, achievements and fun facts about him.

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Birthday: January 10, 1952

Nationality: Brazilian

Famous: Mixed Martial Artists Brazilian Men

Age: 68 Years, 68 Year Old Males

Sun Sign: Capricorn

Born in: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Famous as: Jiu-Jitsu Grand Master

Height: 6'2" (188 cm), 6'2" Males


Spouse/Ex-: Silvia Gracie

father: Hélio Gracie

siblings: Relson Gracie, Rerika Gracie, Ricci Gracie, Rickson Gracie, Rolker Gracie, Rolls Gracie, Royce Gracie, Royler Gracie

children: Ralek Gracie, Rank Gracie, Rener Gracie, Renon Gracie, Reylan Gracie, Riane Gracie, Ricon Gracie, Roran Gracie, Rose Gracie, Ryron Gracie, Segina Gracie

City: Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Founder/Co-Founder: Ultimate Fighting Championship

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education: Federal University of Rio de Janeiro

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Rorion Gracie is a Brazilian American Jiu-Jitsu Grand Master. He is the eldest son of Hélio Gracie and a prominent member of the Gracie family. He is also a lecturer, writer, producer, publisher and co-founder of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). He is widely recognized as one of the 9th degree red belt holders in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and hailed for introducing the sport in America as well as in the rest of the world. Once named ‘Instructor of the Year’ in ‘Black Belt Magazine,’ Gracie has also worked as an extra in television and movies. His minor contributions to the silver screen include choreographing of the fight scenes for Rene Russo and Mel Gibson in the flick ‘Lethal Weapon’. As a producer, Gracie has made the documentary ‘Gracie Jiu-Jitsu In Action’. He has also written the book titled ‘Gracie Diet’. The Brazilian American Jiu-Jitsu Grand Master, who is active on Instagram and Facebook, has millions of followers across the globe. People of every age group, especially those who are interested in martial arts, admire Gracie to a great extent.

  • Rorion Gracie started learning Jiu-Jitsu at a very young age, under the guidance of his father, Hélio Gracie. In 1978, he began working as an extra in television and movies. Attempting to spread the Jiu-Jitsu culture, Gracie invited people to try the sport. He started teaching his father’s Jiu-Jitsu techniques in his garage. In the early 1980s, the martial artist was hired to choreograph the fight scenes in the movie ‘Lethal Weapon.’ Then in the late 1980s, Gracie produced the documentary ‘Gracie Jiu-Jitsu In Action’.
  • In 1993, four years after setting up the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy in USA, he teamed up with business executive and promoter Art Davie and created Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Gracie employed seven of the world’s most reputable martial artists to join a single-elimination tournament. Soon after this, a group of high-ranking US military personnel contacted him and asked him to create a hand-to-hand combat course contingent on the most effective methods of Gracie jiu-jitsu. Gracie pondered upon this and created Gracie Survival Tactics (GST). This course is now taught in all the military organizations and major law enforcement agencies in the US.
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Personal Life
  • Rorion Gracie was born on January 10, 1952 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Helio Gracie and his wife. He has six brothers: Relson, Rickson, Royce, Royler, Rolker and Robin who are also trained in jiu-jitsu. He went to the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and earned a degree in law.
  • The Brazilian American Jiu-Jitsu Grand Master, who currently lives with his wife Silvia in Southern California, has a total of ten kids including Rener and Ralek. Gracie has trained his children in the sport and wants them to continue the family tradition in the generations to come.

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