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Carlos Gracie

Brazilian martial artist

Died when: 92 years 23 days (1104 months)
Star Sign: Virgo


Carlos Gracie

Carlos Gracie (September 14, 1902 – October 7, 1994) was a Brazilian martial artist who was credited with being one of the primary developers of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Along with his younger brother Hélio Gracie and fellow students Luis França and Oswaldo Fadda, he helped develop Brazilian jiu-jitsu based on the teachings of famed Japanese judōka, Mitsuyo Maeda in Kano Jujitsu (Judo) and is widely considered to be the martial-arts patriarch of the Gracie family.

He purportedly acquired his initial knowledge of Jujitsu by studying in Belem under Maeda and his students.As he taught the techniques to his brothers, he created a martial arts family with Hélio and with other members of the Gracie family who provided key contributions to the style and development, eventually creating their own self defence system named Gracie Jiu-Jitsu.

Gracie Jiu-Jitsu is distinct from its indirect predescessor jujutsu, focusing primarily on the grappling techniques while downplaying the striking elements common among older schools of Japanese jujitsu.

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