“Everyone wants to know who is the best… Universally regarded as the all time best is Rickson Gracie.”
“There is one guy that is always thought of as above all others in the world of Jiu Jitsu, Rickson Gracie… He is a scary dude. He is a master, a true master of Jiu Jitsu. He’s got that samurai mindset, a lot of people talk that samurai mindset, that dude lives it! That is his mindset.
Joe Rogan – UFC Commentator, BJJ Black Belt, Actor.
“You gotta believe it because everyone says the same thing, even David Camarillo when he went down there, and David Camarillo is a world-class black belt, he said he couldn’t do anything with Rickson… He is the best Gracie hands down.”
Eddie Bravo – Creator of 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu.
“When I was growing up, I looked up to him as my idol. He was the Champion at that time, my time. It was amazing because Rickson gave me the opportunity to train with him, me and my brothers… Rickson used to teach us privates, teaching details… He was about minimal details. He explained that every inch is important, and that opened my mind to look for more details… Rickson helped make my Jiu Jitsu very tight, very detailed. I am very thankful to Rickson for helping me and my brothers be at the level we are today… a lot of thanks to Rickson for that.”
Rigan Machado – 8th Degree BJJ Master. Record of 365 Wins 2 Losses. Legend in the BJJ Community.
“Fabio Gurgel who everyone was saying is killing everyone in Brazil, he’s destroying everyone in tournaments, he’s a two time world champion, and then to see Rickson train with him, and play with him like he was a white belt, my jaw dropped. That was one of the first instances where I really recognized, like an epiphany, this guy is THAT good! You heard that he was the best of all the Gracies, and Royce made that comment that my brother Rickson is 10 times better than me, but to see it in action and to see it against a guy like Fabio Gurgel who was 25 and in his prime, just get played with, was pretty insane!”
Henry Atkins – BJJ Black Belt Under Rickson Gracie.
“People try to compare Rickson with somebody but no one can compare Rickson in the jiu-jitsu because he’s maybe 20 years forward from everybody. I am the 2 time World Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Champion and when I’m training with him I’m always tapping. He has a lot of skills and I think in jiu-jitsu nobody can beat him. I studied with him also in Brazil and have been coming to Los Angeles, off and on, for nearly eight years to take lessons. Rickson is more than just one man—he feels like 5 when you’re fighting him. You have to sacrifice, sometimes, to study with the best, and Rickson is the best. There is only one Rickson Gracie and he is on a different level from everyone else.”
Fabio Gurgel. Co-founder of the Alliance Jiu Jitsu Team. 5th Degree Black Belt of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. 8x World Champion of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. ADCC World Champion. 4-Time Brazilian National Champion. 2-Time European Champion.
Gracie has fought masters of countless martial art styles, and beaten them all.
He may be the best ever… Gracie is a master of techniques known as Jiu-Jitsu, or
grappling. He uses human mechanics to devastating effect. Gracie exploits
anatomical weaknesses to bring opponents to their knees… its pure physics.”
National Geographic Fight Science Documentary.
“He is a martial arts myth and has nothing left to prove… Rickson will always do well. He will follow his same old style, do the same thing as always and the opponents will be submitted the same way. Adversaries will tap out even if they know his game. He is one of rare fighters I’ve seen in action who do not give up ground positions. Many regarded as aces in JJ fail in submitting their adversaries because they can’t hold on to the ground positions. I doubt that’s going to happen to Rickson… I bet on him against anyone.”
Fabricio Werdum. Ranked 3rd Best Heavyweight MMA Fighter in the World by Sherdog. 2-Time BJJ World Champion. 2-Time ADCC World Champion. Holds Black Belts in BJJ, Judo & Muay Thai.
Gracie and me had a match in the BYU wrestling room in 1992. He made me tap out
twice and told me I was the toughest guy he’d gone against. Rickson was the best
fighter I’d ever seen. He still may be.”
Mark Schultz. Wrestling Gold Medalist at the 1984 Olympics, 3-Time NCAA Champion, 2-Time World Champion, BJJ Black Belt & UFC Veteran.
never seen a Jiu-Jitsu like that in my life! I have trained with the toughest
guys formed by Carlson Gracie. They were all great and I for sure don’t want to
diminish anybody, but I have to say that no one ever did to me what Rickson
Gracie has done during training these last days.” ”I have no doubt that
Rickson Gracie is the best ground fighter of all time. I bet on him against any
athlete of today.”
Paulo Filho, MMA Champion and member of the famous Brazilian Top Team.
In the world of MMA, athletes come and go. Olympic wrestlers claw their way to the top, then sink to the bottom two months later when a clever kick lays them out cold. Tough young Brazilian jiu-jitsu stylists work their way up the ladder, then lose horribly to a street fighter with a strong overhand right. Yet one person never succumbed to those fates. While he competed, Rickson Gracie was a cork in the ocean of MMA. He took on the best opponents the sport had to offer, and he didn’t lose a single match.
Black Belt Magazine
“All the champions from Brazil, World champions and more, you
can list the top ones up until today, all get smoked and dominated by his technique.”
Rodrigo Vaghi. World BJJ Champion & Fourth Degree Black Belt
the champion of the Gracie family. He is the strongest, has the best technique,
and the sharpest mind.”
Helio Gracie. The Late Grand Master of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
10 times better than me. He’s the only one who can beat everybody.”
Royce Gracie. 3-Time Winner of the Ultimate Fighting Championship before weight classes. 2-Time Winner K1 MMA. Winner Pride 2000 MMA. The only no holds barred fighter in history to consecutively beat 4 fighters in one night.
“He may be number 1 in BJJ, but in surfing I rule.”
Royler Gracie . 6th Degree BJJ Black Belt. 4-Time World BJJ Champion. 3-Time World Abu Dahbi Combat Champion.
show me how you didn’t need to use your hands to defend a neck choke, Rickson
put one hand inside his belt and fought against Royce [Gracie] an Royler
[Gracie] at the same time with only one arm! In 10 minutes of hard fighting they
were unable to even come close to making him tap.”
Todd Hester. Publisher and editor-in-chief of Gladiator Magazine
“When I was
really small, I remember having asked Renzo [Gracie]: ‘Uncle, is Rickson
everything they say he is?’ And the answer has stuck in my head since: ‘No. He’s
Kyra Gracie – 3-Time World BJJ Champion (2004,2006,2008), 5-Time Pan American BJJ Games Champion (2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007), 5-Time Brazilian BJJ Champion (1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004), 5-Time New York State BJJ Champion (1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002), 2-Time ADCC Submission Wrestling World Champion (2005, 2007), Asiatic BJJ Champion (2006)
of you who have been living in a cave and don’t know who Rickson Gracie is,
here’s a little background on the man. He’s a son of Helio Gracie and the
brother of Royce, Rorion, Relson, Rolker and Royler. He’s a seventh-degree black
belt, and his technique is considered to be the finest expression of Brazilian –
jujutsu in the world. Most people consider him the best fighter of the Gracie
clan. His innate talent and early mastery of the sport have resulted in an
undefeated record after more than 450 fights, including jujutsu tournaments,
freestyle wrestling matches, sambo competitions, no-holds-barred events and
street fights. (This is merely an overview of his career. If I listed all his
wins, we would have to rename the magazine Rickson Gracie Illustrated.)”
Karate & Kung Fu Illustrated
Gracie is a martial artist who truly needs no introduction. Everyone knows his
name and his reputation as perhaps the toughest man in the world. The stoic
Brazilian knows what people are saying about him, yet he keeps a relatively low
profile. You won’t see him lecturing about armbars on any instructional
videotapes, you won’t see his mug on a magazine cover every other month (at
least not in the United States), and you won’t see him fight in a
no-holds-barred tournament any more than once every year or two. About the only
contact the average martial artist will ever have with the grappling phenom is
at one of his standing-room-only seminars or at the annual tournament he holds
for members of his pack, the Rickson Gracie International Jiu-Jitsu
Black Belt Magazine
“Who is the best fighter in the Gracie family, in your opinion?
” Each of us
expresses our family’s style through our personalities. That is why you see some
of us more aggressive then others. Rickson is the best though.”
Ralph Gracie. Three Time Undefeated Extreme Fighting Champion. USWF Super Shoot Fight IV Champion. Fighting Record of 71-0-0. 3rd Degree Black Belt Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
(pronounced ‘Hickson’) Gracie is undoubtedly one of the greatest fighters in the
world today. In a martial arts world full of self proclaimed ‘masters’, he
stands out as the real thing. I first met Rickson seven years ago and was
impressed by his talent, honesty and integrity.”
“When I was growing up all I heard was that Rickson would always
submit his opponents. He wasn’t interested in scoring points, he would just try
to submit, and that really inspired me. That was the way I wanted to be. In my
mind I don’t worry about points, I just think about submission, the points are a
consequence of that. I think Rickson’s Jiu Jitsu is certainly the most efficient
Antonio “Nino” Schembri. 2-Time Brazilian Champion. 2-Time Pan American Champion. Pride 14 MMA Champion. Rickson Gracie International Jiu Jitsu Championships Black Belt Champion.
“I’m a fan
too and I’m going crazy waiting to see him fight soon.”
Renzo Gracie. 5th Degree BJJ Black Belt. 2-Time Brazilian National Champion. 2-Time Abu Dhabi World Champion. World Combat Champion. Reality Superfight Champion.
“Rickson has an amazing undefeated record after a lifetime career of
more than 400 fights: jiu-jitsu tournaments, free-style wrestling, sambo, open
weight free-style competitions, no holds barred challenge matches, and street
fights. He is regarded by many as the best no-holds-barred fighter in the
Gracie is the best. If you doubt him, go ahead and give him a call and he’ll
show you. I like Rickson a lot. He is well respected in Brazil and he has done
so much for the art. He’s accomplished more in his career than anyone else will
ever do in their life in Jiu-Jitsu. All the people should have a lot of respect
for him and for what he’s done.”
Pedro Carvalho. 3rd Degree Black Belt of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Gracie has been said to have the most perfect technique of any member of the
legendary Gracie family, creators of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Rickson has dedicated
his life to martial arts and is considered by many to be the best fighter on the
planet. He is a man of honor, tradition, honesty, and kindness. He is proud to
be both a family man and a modern day warrior. He is undefeated in vale tudo [MMA],
ending all fights via submission or choke.”
The book: Grappling Masters by Jose Fraguas.
an icon of our sport and it will always be a pleasure to see him in action.”
Wanderlei Silva. Chute Boxe and MMA Fighter
Rickson Gracie, Master of the masters…He is the best ever…Water is always
fresh and pure at the source…We are officially a Rickson Gracie School, so we
have a more reliable standard of Jiu-Jitsu”
Luis Heredia. 3-Time Consecutive Winner Pan-American Black Belt Jiu Jitsu Championships. Official Representative of Rickson Gracie.
way beyond everyone. He can touch your head, your emotions and your
mind…Without a doubt, Rickson Gracie is the best fighter ever.”
Carlos “Cao” Valente – Head of the Valente Academy with more than 40 BJJ schools worldwide. Black Belt Student of Rickson Gracie. Former Student of Rolls Gracie.
“His Jiu Jitsu is the most
perfect I’ve ever seen… Until today I hear stories of how he is able to
dominate several top fighters that train with him.”
Allan Gumby. Onthemat.com columnist
“If you have ever seen a boa
constrictor eat a live animal, then you know what a Rickson Gracie fight looks
like… Gracie so outclassed and dominated his opponents that his efforts seemed
strangely non-violent, almost nonchalant.”