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Roger Gracie - The Jiu-Jitsu Master’s Legacy in Martial Arts


Roger Gracie, a scion of the legendary Gracie family, has left an indelible mark on the world of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and martial arts. Known for his technical prowess, strategic brilliance, and dedication to the art of grappling, Roger Gracie stands as one of the most accomplished and respected figures in the history of BJJ.

In this episode, Roger stops by London Real’s studios to talk about the history of the Gracie family in Brazil, how his three-year old son can perform an armlock, training with UFC fighter Lyoto Machida and his secret weapon: the power of belief.

Born on September 26, 1981 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Roger Gracie is part of the renowned Gracie dynasty that has played a pivotal role in the development and popularisation of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. As the grandson of Carlos Gracie, one of the founders of BJJ, and the son of Mauricio Gomes, Roger was destined to follow in the footsteps of his martial arts lineage.

Roger Gracie’s journey into BJJ began at an early age under the guidance of his father and uncles. His extensive training, combined with his natural talent, led to rapid progress in the sport. Roger soon established himself as a force to be reckoned with on the circuit, showcasing a mastery of fundamental techniques and a strategic mind that set him apart from his peers.

Roger Gracie’s competitive career in BJJ is defined by his unparalleled success in the World Championships. He holds an extraordinary record of winning the prestigious black belt division a remarkable ten times. His dominance was not limited to a single weight class, as he conquered both the heavyweight and absolute divisions, showcasing his versatility and technical brilliance across various categories.

Gracie’s game was characterised by a deep understanding of positional control, impeccable submissions, and an ability to exploit opponents’ weaknesses. His calm and calculated approach, coupled with an unwavering commitment to the principles of BJJ, solidified his reputation as a true maestro of the gentle art.

In addition to his accomplishments in BJJ, Roger Gracie made the transition to mixed martial arts to further test his skills in a broader combat arena. Making his MMA debut in 2006, Gracie continued to display his grappling dominance, earning victories with his signature submission style.

Roger Gracie’s legacy extends beyond the accolades and championships. As a member of the Gracie family, he has played a crucial role in preserving and evolving the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Gracie’s dedication to teaching and sharing his knowledge has influenced countless practitioners worldwide, contributing to the global growth and popularity of BJJ.

Off the mats, Roger Gracie is renowned for his humility, sportsmanship, and respect for opponents. His approach to competition and life reflects the values ingrained in the tradition of BJJ, emphasising the importance of discipline, technique, and mutual respect.

Roger Gracie’s impact on the world of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is immeasurable. As a decorated champion, a respected instructor, and a torchbearer of the Gracie legacy, he has left an enduring mark on the martial arts landscape. Whether on the competition mats or in the MMA cage, Roger Gracie’s journey exemplifies the essence of martial arts: a continuous quest for excellence, mastery, and the perpetuation of a rich and storied tradition.


“Can you give us a brief history of the Gracie family and its Jiu-Jitsu?” – Brian (00:55)

“The technique became so strong that suddenly the Gracies are the best fighters in the world.” – Roger (02:04)

“My son before he’s 3yrs old is passing the guard & doing an armlock.” – Roger (02:45)

“If he chooses Jiu-Jitsu that’s something we can do together as a family.” – Roger (04:44)

“When you are a kid you want to be everything, an astronaut or a surfer.” – Roger (07:22)

“What’s your cousin Renzo Gracie like?” – Brian (10:31)

“Do you enjoy MMA? Yes and No.” – Nic & Roger (11:31)

“Especially training with Lyoto Machida, he’s a really good guy.” – Roger (15:31)

“You had your first loss with ‘King Mo’ Lawal, how did you deal with that?” – Brian (18:10)

“Everyone wants to see you fight Jacare, do you think that’s every going to happen?” – Nic (24:30)

“He’s a cocky South African who thinks he going to beat everyone up.” – Roger (28:20)

“In Jiu-Jitsu you have no striking, so it’s a safe way to spar.” – Roger (34:23)

“What do you think it is that makes you better than the average top level Jiu-Jitsu guy?” – Nic (36:47)
“Everything in life from martial arts to business. Why so many people do something and very few achieve the best? Because they are the ones who really believe.” – Roger (40:25


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