Rorion Gracie

Rorion Gracie

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Specialization/s: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu,

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Rorion Gracie is a Brazilian born Gracie Jiu Jitsu Grand Master

Grand Master Rorion, is a prominent member of the famous Gracie family where the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu was first conceived. As a publisher, producer, lecturer, and co-founder of the Ultimate Fighting Championship he has positioned himself as a world leader of the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Rorion is the founder and Director of the Gracie University based in Torrance California. The State-of-the-Art Training facility is headquarters to thousands of Gracie Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioners in virtually every country in the world. around the world. The Gracie University is also the first organisation to present their full curriculum online (interactive online platform) allowing practitioners from all around the world to remain current with their skills requirements. The university online provides a “linear curriculum” that allows a practitioner to begin at lesson one, then lesson two, then lesson three and progress as one should in any university environment. In most martial art schools, a beginner usually joins the main class and is expected to catch up. The online curriculum is a gamechanger in the world of martial arts and has set a standard for all other schools to follow.

Rorion is the eldest son of Hélio Gracie and one of the few people in the world to hold a 9th degree red belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and is widely recognized as one of the men responsible for introducing Gracie/Brazilian Jiu-jitsu to the United States and the world following the arrival of first cousin, Carley Gracie in 1972.

Rorion started Jiu-Jitsu at a young age and was soon performing demonstrations and assisting in classes. He spent his youth learning how to teach under the tutelage of his father, Grand Master Hélio Gracie. In December 1969, he travelled to the United States for a vacation returning to Brazil in the end of 1970. He attended the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, graduating with a degree in Law.

In 1978, Rorion Gracie moved to Southern California where he worked as an extra in movies and television. Attempting to spread Jiu-Jitsu culture, he laid some mats in his garage in Hermosa Beach and invited people he met to try the sport. In 1985, Rorion invited his 18-year-old brother, Royce, to move to America.

Rorion was a technical adviser for the 1987 movie Lethal Weapon providing training to actors Mel Gibson and Gary Busey. The director Richard Donner wanted Gibson's character to have a unique style of fighting never seen onscreen before with the second assistant director Willie Simmons, who was interested in unusual forms of martial arts, choosing BJJ and two other martial arts styles to use in the movie.

In 1988, Rorion produced the documentary Gracie Jiu-Jitsu In Action. In 1989, Rorion with brothers Royce, Rickson and Royler, opened the first Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy in Torrance, California. In 1991, he produced The Basics of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, a five-volume training video series together with a special edition volume.

Rorion was also a technical advisor, a fight scene choreographer for Lethal Weapon 3 in 1992, providing training to Rene Russo together with martial artist Cheryl Wheeler-Dixon and a Karate instructor. The Karate instructor immediately went on to rehearse spectacular ura-mawashi high kicks, which resulted in Russo pulled groin muscles the very first day, and was so frustrated with learning the technique, that Richard Donner asked Gracie not only to teach her, but also to attend the film set for filming sequence as a technical advisor. Gracie was so proficient and pliable in an uke role, that Russo refused to do the throw with whoever else excluding Gracie, and insisted him to step into the action as a stuntman for a fight scene.

In 1993, inspired by countless exhibition matches termed the "Gracie Challenge", a tradition that started with his uncle and Gracie jiu-jitsu co-founder Carlos Gracie, Rorion teamed with promoter and business executive Art Davie in the creation of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Davie had always dreamed of an inter-discipline contest, pitting various martial arts against one another to determine the most effective. Rorion was only interested in showcasing his father's style, and demonstrating its dominance. Through this pay-per-view spectacle, he hoped to show that, in a "no time limit - no rules" setting, Gracie jiu-jitsu was the only system of self-defence that would give someone a realistic chance of defeating a larger, more athletic adversary.[3] Davie recruited seven martial artists of different styles to participate in a single-elimination tournament. Rorion enlisted his brother Royce to represent the family style in the competition. Due to his smaller frame and relatively low body weight, Royce would be the smallest competitor, making an excellent example of the powers of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu.

In 1994, following UFC, a small group of high-ranking military personnel, from the most elite unit in the US Army Special Operations Forces, contacted Rorion and asked him to develop an objective hand-to-hand combat course based on the most effective techniques of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. The result was the Gracie Combative military course that was taught to US Special Operations Forces, conventional US military units and the CIA. In January 2002, the techniques were the foundation of the official US Army Modern Army Combative Program (MACP). The Gracie Resisting Attack Procedures for Law Enforcement (GRAPLE) was also concurrently developed with the combative course, following a similar request from law enforcement for a defensive tactics training course, that was adopted by virtually all US law enforcement. The two courses were later merged to create the Gracie Survival Tactics (GST), a combative and defensive tactics course, for both military and law enforcement.

Awards & Certifications

9th Degree Black Belt - Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (Presented by Grandmaster Helio Gracie) | 2005-02-02

Opened the "Gracie University" | 1994-07-08

Opened the Gracie Museum | 2002-07-06

Gracie Diet Book published | 2003-05-05

Created "Ultimate Fighting Challenge!" | 1993-03-02

Established "Gracie Publishing!" | 1998-03-02

Work Experience

Gracie University | Principle

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