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Carlos Gracie
Born (1902-09-14)September 14, 1902
Belém do Pará, Brazil
Died October 7, 1994(1994-10-07) (aged 92)
Petrópolis, Brazil
Style Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Judo
Teacher(s) Mitsuyo Maeda
Jacyntho Ferro
Donato Pires dos Reis
Rank      10th degree red belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Carlos Gracie (September 14, 1902 – October 7, 1994) was a Brazilian martial artist who is credited with being one of the primary developers of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Along with his younger brother Hélio Gracie and fellow students Luis França and Oswaldo Fadda, he helped develop Brazilian jiu-jitsu based on the teachings of famed Japanese judōka, Mitsuyo Maeda in Kano Jujitsu (Judo) and is widely considered to be the martial-arts patriarch of the Gracie family. He purportedly acquired his initial knowledge of Jujitsu by studying in Belem under Maeda and his students. As he taught the techniques to his brothers, he created a martial arts family with Hélio and with other members of the Gracie family who provided key contributions to the style and development, eventually creating their own self defence system named Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. Gracie Jiu-Jitsu is distinct from its indirect predescessor jujutsu, focusing on grappling techniques while omitting striking techniques common among older schools of Japanese jujitsu.

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