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Thank You Helio

October 1, 2014

Today We Celebrate Our Grand Master

Grand Master Helio was born on October 1, 1913, and even though he passed away on January 29, 2009, his legacy continues every time we step on the mat. Aside from being one of the pioneers of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, the Grand Master was an inspiration to millions around the world, on and off the mat. Although not always politically correct, he was extremely strong-willed and firmly defended his beliefs. Here is some of what he stood for...

The Final Interview
The Grand Master's final television interview aired on February 14, 2009 on SPORTV. At 95 years of age, he demonstrated his unparalleled vitality and confidence, answering questions and even teaching a self-defense technique to the reporter. After a brief introduction, the television special commences with footage from Brazil's most prominent national nightly news, where anchorman William Bonner announced that the creator of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu had passed away. The 30-minute special also shows footage of the Grand Master through out his life, testimonials from sons Royler, Rickson, Royce and Rolker, world renowned architect Oscar Niemeyer and long time student and friend, Dr. Pedro Valente Sr. If you haven't seen it, it will definitely help you understand what made him so unique, and why he was able to positively affect so many lives around the world!

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