Thursday, July 1, 2010

Athlete Profile - Royler Gracie

Royler Gracie (Born December 6, 1965) is a Brazilian mixed martial arts fighter. He ran the Gracie Humaitá Jiu Jitsu school in Rio de Janiero Brazil for many years under his father Helio's direction, but now currently resides in San Diego, California.

Royler travels around the world teaching seminars, but still finds time to coach some of his Jiu-Jitsu protégé such as Fabricio Camoes, a MMA fighter who trains out of The Arena gym in San Diego, California.

Royler is the brother of the fighters Rickson Gracie, Royce Gracie and Robin Gracie. He is the son of the co-founder of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, Helio Gracie and holds a 6th degree black belt in the style.

Royler Gracie has competed in the black-belt ranks for 20 years. He is the only person to win the ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship three consecutive years, and has won the ADCC more times than anyone else. Considered as one of the best technicians in Jiu-Jitsu, Royler had a famous upset in the 2003 ADCC when he lost to Eddie Bravo by triangle choke. Eddie has since withdrawn from any serious grappling competition and the rematch between the two never took place. Royler is a four-time World Jiu Jitsu Champion in the under 67 kg Black Belt Division.

Royler has a professional mixed martial arts record of five wins, four losses and one draw. He is the co-author of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: Theory and Practice (with Renzo Gracie) and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Submission Grappling Techniques.

Grappling credentials
ADCC World Submission Wrestling Championships:

ADCC record (13 wins -1 loss)
2001 ADCC - Under 66KG: Gold
2000 ADCC - Under 66KG: Gold

CBJJ World Championships:
1999 Black Belt Pena: 1st Place
1998 Black Belt Pena: 1st Place
1997 Black Belt Pena: 1st Place, Black Belt Absolute: 3rd Place
1996 Black Belt Pena: 1st Place

CBJJ Pan American Championships:
1999 Black Belt Pena: 1st Place
1997 Black Belt Pena: 1st Place

I have personally met Royler Gracie and through my sponsor had the pleasure of having a private dinner with him at a fancy brazilian restaurant in Sydney. I didnt really know much about Royler but what i found was a down to earth nice happy guy that was if anything rather quiet. We talked about the hassles of making an instructional dvd as well as judo and the respect he has for judokas.
Hopefully i will meet up with him this year at the 2nd Royler Gracie cup.

A Small doco on Royler

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