Rilion is the youngest son of the GRAND MASTER CARLOS GRACIE Sr. (the founder of Gracie Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and the creator of MMA ). He has been involved in his father’s tradition since he was born. He has grown up in the world of mats, healthy living, improved life skills and philosophic concepts of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. Rilion is proud to have had his father Carlos Sr. and his brother Rolls (the forefather of modern Jiu Jitsu) as his mentors and professors.
Before Jiu-Jitsu became a sport, it was a martial art based on the principals of respect, hierarchy, discipline, self-control, self-confidence, patience and many others. The objective is rendering the opponent into submission.
Rilion fought competitively for 15 years in both Jiu Jitsu and free style matches. In his competitive career as a Black Belt he was never submitted, neither in competition nor in sparring sessions.
He is recognized in the Jiu Jitsu world for his mastery of the art and has become known for being “100% technical”.
In the early 1980’s besides teaching at the Gracie Ipanema academy, he was a founding member of the Gracie JJ School in the Barra da Tijuca neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro, along with his older brothers Crolin and Carlos Jr. In 1988, he was one of the instructors at the first Gracie Jiu Jitsu Seminar in the United States hosted by the actor and Martial Arts enthusiast Chuck Norris.
In the early 1990’s, Rilion decided to move to Santa Catarina (a state in south Brazil) to spread his family’s legacy, and establishing the Rilion Gracie Academy in Florianopolis. Through his dedication and expertise, his academy grew into what today is one of the strongest Jiu jitsu academies of South Brazil.
Rilion has been acclaimed by the most prestigious newspaper in Brazil (Jornal do Brasil) as the “…most techinical Jiu Jitsu Master in the world…”
Rilion has over 25 years teaching both Jiu Jitsu and MMA, and has been a professor and coach to many international champions including among them many representatives of the Gracie family (including Renzo, Ralf, Kyra, Rolles, Igor, Gregor, Daniel and Roger).
Rilion believes that the most important thing in life is the search for true essence, spiritual development to overcome life’s difficulties and to contribute to a better world for all of us.
There is a no doubt that Jiu-Jitsu when practiced and taught with it’s true principles, bring about physical, mental and spiritual benefits.
Today Rilion is devoted to his students and family, teaching the techniques, philosophy, and traditions passed down to his family by his father Master Carlos Gracie Sr.