In these photos from Breno Sivak, a long-time friend of The FightWorks Podcast, Rolker Gracie, Comodoro Jose Moraes, Manoel and Rodrigo receive their red and black belts in Brazilian jiu-jitsu from Master Relson Gracie, Master Reyson Gracie, Master Robson Gracie and Grand Master Helio Gracie in a ceremony with “hundred of black belts” in a Japanese temple inside the Iate Club Jardim Guanabara , in Rio de Janeiro, on December 4th, 2008.
In the same event, a Gracie Academy black belt monk from Tibet presented Grandmaster Helio Gracie with a painting.
For those new to the large Gracie family tree, a little background may be in order. This ceremony was held by Gracie Humaitá. Gracie Humaitá is the side of the Gracie family with Helio Gracie at the head, whose sons are Rorion, Relson, Rickson, Rolker, Royce, Royler, and Robin. The son of Helio’s late brother Carlos, Carlos Gracie Junior, leads Gracie Barra.
The red and black belt in jiu-jitsu is a very rare belt to hold. Depending on which part of the family you ask, it may take 25 years after receiving one’s black belt to be granted one’s red and black belt. Last year Relson Gracie awarded fellow Brazilians Fabio Santos and Pedro Sauer their red and black belts here in the United States. Carlos Gracie Jr. received his red and black belt this year (video) on behalf of all Gracie Barra from his nephew Renzo Gracie.