Thursday, January 29, 2009
The Brazilian magazine TATAME is reporting that Grandmaster Helio Gracie, the 95-year-old patriarch of the Gracie clan and the founder of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, has passed away. No details on the cause of death have been released. It is because of Grandmaster Helio's innovations and accomplishments in vale tudo that we have mixed martial arts today, and though we have lost a great warrior, there is no denying his legacy will live on forever. Rest in peace, Grandmaster Helio. And thank you.