For those who didn’t hear the news, one of the creators of Gracie / Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Helio Gracie turned 95 years old on October 1st.
In the video above, courtesy of TatameTV, Rickson Gracie, standing alongside his brothers Royler and Rolker, gives a speech to over fifty black belts from many academies.
Our good friend Breno Sivak, who received his black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu from Helio, was present that evening and wrote us this morning saying, “I make the big surprise of the night because nobody knew it but I made a new red belt with 10 stripes in gold and put in a silver case for Helio, then Rickson and Royler put the belt on Helio. It was a unique and very emotional moment.”
The FightWorks Podcast is eternally thankful for Helio Gracie’s contributions to what is such a happy, healthy part of our lives, and we are glad to see him doing so well himself. Happy birthday Helio!