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<-- I used to have him as an av. I'll change it back in his honor for at least a month

Three words: Thank you sir

Post #16   1/29/09 12:15:39PM   

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I will be sure to take a moment for Master Gracie before I walk out on the mat agian.

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I wish I had access to a bell so I could give him a proper 10 bell salute.

I can't confirm this as legit since it was just added to Wikipedia, but the cause of death according to an immediate relative who asked not to be identified is natural causes. He died in his sleep.

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Eternal gratitude to the man who who was fighting MMA 50 years before the accomplishments of his sons and and nephews created MMA in the U.S. and Japan.

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Post #20   1/29/09 12:45:57PM   

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He did one of the best things anyone can do with their life: advance the knowledge and culture of humanity with his accomplishments. RIP, Helio. Major respect.

Post #21   1/29/09 12:50:56PM   

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Without Helio there would be no MMA. Remember that and keep the legend living by reminding yourself and others who this man is.

Post #23   1/29/09 1:07:31PM   

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Posted by DCRage

I wish I had access to a bell so I could give him a proper 10 bell salute.

I can't confirm this as legit since it was just added to Wikipedia, but the cause of death according to an immediate relative who asked not to be identified is natural causes. He died in his sleep.



link Here is confirmation.

by Brian Knapp (bknapp@sherdog.com)


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Helio Gracie, the father of Gracie jiu-jitsu, is dead at the age of 95. Gracie passed in his sleep early Thursday in Itaipaiva, Rio de Janeiro, after he had been admitted to a local hospital a few days prior for stomach problems.

“He passed the way he always wanted to –- quick and fast,” said an immediate relative, who asked not to be identified. The relative said Gracie’s body would be buried on Thursday.

The youngest of Cesalina and Gastao Gracie’s eight children, he learned traditional jiu-jitsu by watching his brother, Carlos, teach it, but his small frame made it difficult for him to execute the moves. As a result, he adapted techniques to fit his limited physical ability and gave rise to modern-day Brazilian jiu-jitsu.

Gracie was involved in two legendary fights. He lost to Masahiko Kimura -- a man who outweighed him by some 80 pounds -- in 1951 when Carlos threw in the towel after Kimura broke Gracie’s arm with the shoulder lock that now bears his name. Four years later, Gracie fought former student Valdemar Santana for nearly four hours before losing.

His impact on the sport of mixed martial arts was profound. His son, Rorion, was credited with developing the concept that became the Ultimate Fighting Championship, and another of his sons, Royce, won the first two UFC tournaments in 1993 and 1994. Two other sons, Rickson and Royler, also competed in MMA.

Gracie is survived by his wife Vera; his sons Rickson, Royler, Rolker, Royce, Relson, Robin and Rorion; his daughters Rerika and Ricci, as well as numerous siblings, nieces, nephews, and grandchildren.

TJ DeSantis contributed to this report.

Editor’s Note: This story originally stated that Helio Gracie defeated to Valdemar Santana. Gracie, in fact, lost to Santana. The correction was made at 1:23 p.m. ET.

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The man, the icon, the true legend.

Today is a sad for many.

May you rest in peace Helio.

R.I.P

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Saw the articles a short time ago, but appreciate the effort.

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Sad to see the head Gracie gone. He's left one hell of a legacy behind.

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Rest In Peace Mr Gracie.

Although I didn't know you personally, You will never be forgotten by me or the entire Martial Arts world. You are truly a Legend.

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R.I.P Helio.

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