A good long life, a man who left his mark on the world of martial arts.
Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy - Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Headquarters
"On Tuesday morning, Grand Master Helio Gracie was tanning at his ranch in Brazil, and on Thursday morning at 9:15 he passed on due to natural causes. His legacy will survive forever in all members of the Gracie Family, jiu-jitsu practitioners around the world, and all those who have benefited from the revolution he began." http://www.gracieacademy.com/index.htm
Helio Gracie Dead
"The youngest of Cesalina and Gastao Gracie’s eight children, he learned traditional jiu-jitsu by watching his brother, Carlos, teach it, but his small frame made it difficult for him to execute the moves. As a result, he adapted techniques to fit his limited physical ability and gave rise to modern-day Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Gracie was involved in two legendary fights. He lost to Masahiko Kimura -- a man who outweighed him by some 40 pounds -- in 1951 when Carlos threw in the towel after Kimura broke Gracie’s arm with the shoulder lock that now bears his name. Four years later, Gracie fought former student Valdemar Santana for nearly four hours before losing. His impact on the sport of mixed martial arts was profound. His son, Rorion, was credited with developing the concept that became the Ultimate Fighting Championship, and another of his sons, Royce, won the first two UFC tournaments in 1993 and 1994. Two other sons, Rickson and Royler, also competed in MMA. " http://sherdog.com/news/news/helio-gracie-dead-15977
Jiu-jitsu is a martial art focusing on grappling. It is an excellent martial art. The practical beauty of Gracie's system is it worked for every person regardless of size and strength.
While the Gracie Jiu-jitsu system seems to focus on sport fighting currently, it is a martial art for all.
"We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated."