Tribute to Helio Gracie

Helio Gracie is one of the founding fathers of what is now known as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.  Along with his brother, Carlos Gracie, Helio dedicated his entire life to developing and teaching the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.  During his younger years he was considered to be one of the greatest vale tudo fighters in the world, and accepted challenges from all comers no matter their size or experience.  In his later years, he and his children were the major driving force behind the development of mixed martial arts.  Without the influence and passion of the great Grandmaster Helio Gracie the sport of mixed martial arts would not be where it is today. 

On January 29, 2009 Helio Gracie passed away at the age of 95 years old.  At the time of his death he was still teaching Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes on a regular basis.  In honor of the great legacy of Helio Gracie let us take a moment to view the below tribute created by BudoVideos.

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