It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Robson Gracie, a prominent member of the Gracie family and one of the few 9th degree BJJ black belts in the world, at the age of 88. Born in 1935 in Rio De Janeiro, Robson learned Jiu-Jitsu from his father, Carlos Gracie, and his uncle, Helio Gracie, and went on to teach countless students.
Robson, the second son of Carlos, followed in the footsteps of his family and competed in Vale Tudo on several occasions, emerging victorious against tough competitors. Although he spent a long time training, teaching Jiu-Jitsu, and competing in early MMA matches, Robson is perhaps best known for his involvement in politics. He served as a bodyguard to Leonel Brizola, brother-in-law to then-President of Brazil, Joao Goulart, during the 1960s and was imprisoned for 64 days during the 1964 Brazilian military coup until his family intervened for his release.
In more recent years, Robson Gracie was also involved with President Jair Bolsonaro, presenting him with an honorary black belt in 2018. Robson's legacy lives on through his children Charles, Keila, Ralph, Flavia, Robson Jr., and Renzo Gracie, as well as his grandchildren, who have made a name for themselves in combat sports. Kyra Gracie is a pioneer in women's Jiu-Jitsu, and Neiman Gracie continues to compete in MMA.
Robson Gracie passed away on the night of April 28th, 2023. The cause of his death has not been released yet. The news of his passing was shared by his granddaughter, Kyra Gracie, through an official Instagram post. Our thoughts are with the Gracie family during this difficult time as we honor Robson Gracie's contributions to the world of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and beyond.