Thursday, October 1, 2009

Happy Birthday, Grandmaster Helio Gracie


Take a moment today to reflect on the life and legacy of the father of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, Grandmaster Helio Gracie. With a focus on pure self-defense, he once said that jiu-jitsu is the triumph of human intelligence over brute strength.

Without him, we wouldn't be where we are today.

Thank you, Grandmaster.

Why fear death? I don’t need anything, I don’t have anything, I don’t want anything. I think it’s silly for somebody to be scared of dying. One should be afraid of being born. I have already told my children when I die I want a party, with no alcohol, no hell raising [general laughter]. But I want a party with music, food… I don’t know if you guys believe in reincarnation, but we all go and come back until the day we no longer have to return. My brother [Carlos Gracie, already deceased] used to say the fellow only stops returning to Earth when he mingles with the Whole. Even when you’re thinking just a little bit wrongly, you come back to continue evolving. Hell, my friends, is right here on Earth.


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