Rilion Gracie is the youngest male son of the Grand Master Carlos Gracie Sr. (the founder of Gracie Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and the creator of MMA ). He has been involved in his father's tradition since he was born. He has grown up in the world of mats, healthy living, improved life skills and philosophic concepts of Gracie Jiu Jitsu. Rilion is proud to have had his father Carlos Sr. and his brother Rolls (the forefather of modern Jiu Jitsu) as his mentors and professors.
Before Jiu Jitsu became a sport, it was a martial art based on the principals of respect, hierarchy, discipline, self-control, self-confidence, patience and many others. The objective is rendering the opponent into submission.
Rilion fought competitively for 15 years in both Jiu Jitsu and free style matches. In his competitive career as a Black Belt he was never submitted, neither in competition nor in sparring sessions.
He is recognized in the Jiu Jitsu world for his mastery of the art and has become known for being "100% technical".
In the early 1990's, Rilion decided to move to Santa Catarina (a state in south Brazil) to spread his family's legacy, and establishing the Rilion Gracie Academy in Florianopolis. Through his dedication and expertise, his academy grew into what today is one of the strongest Jiu jitsu academies of South Brazil.
In the early 1980's besides teaching at the Gracie Ipanema academy, he was a founding member of the Gracie JJ School in the Barra da Tijuca neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro, along with his older brothers Crolin and Carlos Jr. In 1988, he was one of the instructors at the first Gracie Jiu Jitsu Seminar in the United States hosted by the actor and Martial Arts enthusiast Chuck Norris.
Rilion has been acclaimed by the most prestigious newspaper in Brazil (Jornal do Brasil) as the "...most techinical Jiu Jitsu Master in the world..."
Rilion has over 25 years teaching both Jiu Jitsu and MMA, and has been a professor and coach to many international champions including among them many representatives of the Gracie family, like Renzo, Ralf, Kyra, Rolles, Igor, Gregor, Daniel, Roger and his son Roggan (that did his victorious MMA debut in Milan Italy - May 2013, becoming the first Gracie to fight MMA in Europe). Rilion believes that the most important thing in life is the search for true essence, spiritual development to overcome life's difficulties and to contribute to a better world for all of us.
There is a no doubt that Jiu-Jitsu when practiced and taught with it's true principles, bring about physical, mental and spiritual benefits.
Professor Dentinho's competition record is as impressive as his coaching style. Professor Dentinho came to the United States of America from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where he earned his Black Belt and has since made a reputation teaching some of the top competitors in the US as well as multiple World Champions and UFC veterans.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt under Cristiano Marcello
Luta Livre Black Belt
Chute Boxe Academy Team Cyborg
19 year MMA veteran
After making his professional debut in 2001, Santos, competed for Strikeforce, PRIDE Fighting Championship, Cage Rage, International Vale Tudo Championships, Pancrase, Jungle Fight, and World Victory Road. He holds notable victories over Marius Zaromskis, Francis Carmont, and Brennan Ward.
Professor Romulo Reis is a 4th Degree Black Belt who started training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with Master Rilion Gracie in 1992.
At that time, around 25 years ago, he was part of the first Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Team in south Brazil (Florianópolis/SC) and, since then, he has dedicated his life to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, receiving his Black Belt in 2000.
With more than 25 years of teaching experience, he has coached many champions in the world of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and he has conducted several seminars in Brazil, USA, Puerto Rico, Guatemala and Japan. He has graduated 25 Black Belts during his career so far, and won several national and international titles such as 3-times South Brazilian Champion, 2-times Pan-American Champion, 1-time South American Champion and 2-times Champion in Japan.
Romulo owned a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy in Brazil for 13 years teaching kids & adults and also competing before he moved to the US in 2010, when he was assigned as a Professor at Rilion Gracie Academy in Miami, FL. After a few years, he was given the challenge to run the Houston, TX location for Master Rilion Gracie and moved to the city in 2013.