It would be an understatement to say that the Gracies were prolific, and their abundance really complicates laying out a family tree for this sprawling Brazilian martial arts family. So, to simplify the presentation, we will start with the first generation first, and go on from there.
The Gracie family story begins with George Gracie, who emigrated from Scotland to Brazil. It is
his son Gastão Gracie, who was the father of Carlos Gracie and who
arranged for Carlos to study classical Japanese Jiu-Jitsu with the former Japanese champion, Mitsuyo Maeda (known in Brazil as Conde Koma, the "Count of Combat").
Helena Ilka Mary w/ Ilda The information set forth above was gathered from many sources. To the best of our
knowledge, it is complete and accurate. If you have any questions,
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w/ Cesalina (wife)
(born 1901, Founder of the Gracie Style of Jiu-Jitsu, Carlos was the smallest and skinniest of the Gracie Brothers, but was never defeated . . . not even by his stronger younger brothers.) Osvaldo Gracie (Carlos said Osvaldo was the best fighter of the four younger brothers) Gastão Gracie, Jr. (moved to Sao Paulo after Jorge's falling out with the brothers) Jorge Gracie (said to be the strongest built of the Gracie Brothers) Helio Gracie (born 1913, Helio was taller than his brothers. He was the youngest of the five brothers and the last to fight publicly)
w/ Carmen (1st wife)
Carlson Gracie (born 1932, Brazilian champion in Jiu-Jitsu and Vale Tudo) Robson Gracie (born 1935, current President of the Federation of Rio de Janeiro) Geysa Gracie Rose Clair Sonja Gracie Gronning Oneica Gracie Rodrigues w/ Lina
Reyson Gracie (born 1941, teaches in the Amazon) w/ Genny (2nd wife)
Reylson Gracie (born 1943, teaches in Las Vegas, NV) Rosley Gracie Rolange Gracie Carley Gracie
(was undefeated Brazilian champion in Jiu-Jitsu and Vale Tudo, teaches in San Francisco
and other Northern California locations) w/ Claudia
Rolls Gracie (deceased; was Brazilian champion after Carley, died in a 1982 hangliding accident) w/ Genny (2nd wife)
Rocian Gracie (born 1952) Carlion Gracie Clair Gracie (deceased) w/ Layr (3rd wife)
Carlos Gracie, Jr. ("Carlinhos", born 1956, teaches in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) Carla Gracie Crolin Gracie (born 1958, teaches in Florianópolis, Brazil) Reyla Gracie Rilion Gracie (born 1963, teaches in Curitiba, Brazil) Kirla Gracie
died without children
Gastão Gracie, Jr.
Gastão Gracie III Helio Fusco Gracie
w/ Isabel "Belinha" Soares (natural mother)
and Margarida (1st wife)
Rorion Gracie Relson Gracie(teaches in Hawaii) Rickson Gracie
(best fighter among Helio's sons; currenting competing in Brazil and Japan) w/ Vera (2nd wife)
Rolker Gracie Royler Gracie Royce Gracie (inaugural champion, UFC) Rerika Gracie Robin Gracie Ricci Gracie ("Hissy")
Ricardo (teaches in the family tradition)
The information set forth above was gathered from many sources. To the best of our knowledge, it is complete and accurate. If you have any questions, comments, or useful information, you can E-mail to GRACIE USA at
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