Photos: Red and Black Belt Jiu-Jitsu Promotion Ceremony in Rio

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.

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Robson Gracie, father of Renzo and Ralph Gracie, speaks at the black and red belt presentation ceremony.

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Gracie Academy jiu-jitsu students observe the special occasion.

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Helio Gracie receives a gift from a Tibetan monk and jiu-jitsu black belt.


The view from outside the yacht club.

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.

5 thoughts on “Photos: Red and Black Belt Jiu-Jitsu Promotion Ceremony in Rio”

  1. Hey Franck you are right. As Renzo says in the video where he gives the red & black belt to Carlos Jr., he says, “(Carlos Jr.) is brother of my father and cousin of my mother”. Very complicated. :) I made the change! Merci!

  2. I noticed your comment on the side of the family and the variance in the awarding of the degrees on black belts or the coral belt and the red belt. Its evedent to me that Heilo gives out these belts more freely than Carlos’s side. In my town we have a academies from both sides, Helios side has a 6 degree black belt, and on Carlos’ side we also have a 6 degree black belt. The only diffrence is that on Carlos’ side that black belt was awarded a black belt when Helio’s black belt was given his blue, so how did Helio’s black belt catch up to Carlos’ black belt and i’m sure he will surpass him too. Or more widely shunned how is Rorion a red belt?

  3. MASTER RORION GRACIE IS A RED BELT BECAUSE HE BROUGHT JIU JITSU TO THE WORLD. HIS KNOWLEDGE IS SECOND ONLY TO THE GRANDMASTER HELIO GRACIE, THUS MAKING HIM VERY QUALIFIED. YOUR COMMENT JAZZ, ONLY PROVES THAT YOUR A JACKASS. I ONLY HOPE THAT YOU DO NOT PRACTICE GRACIE JIU JITSU BECAUSE WE DONT NEED PEOPLE LIKE YOU!

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