Grand Master Helio Gracie was born October 1, 1913, and this October he would have celebrated his 100th birthday. To commemorate 100 years of Helio Gracie, his grandchildren will be hosting a once-in-a-lifetime event on Saturday, October 5, 2013 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, and we hope you can make it!

The Helio Gracie 100-Year Celebration, is a full-day event that will including the following:

Helio Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Seminar (11am – 3pm)
The celebration will kick off with a special 4-hour Super Seminar taught by Helio’s grandchildren, including but not limited to: Ryron, Rener, Kron, Ralek, Rhalan and Kroyler Gracie. This will be the first time that Helio’s grandchildren have taught a seminar together and you definitely won’t want to miss it! The seminar is open to all belt levels, ages 12 and up.

Helio Gracie Philosophy Seminar (3pm – 4pm)
Some of the most important lessons Grand Master Helio passed on to his descendants were off the mat. Once the jiu-jitsu seminar is over, there will be a special Gracie Philosophy Seminar in which each of the grandchildren will discuss the most important life lessons they learned from their grandfather. The philosophy seminar will also feature a Q and A opportunity for the attendees.

Helio Gracie Banquet Dinner (6:30pm – 8:30pm)
Although he was a simple man who devoted his life to jiu-jitsu, one thing Grand Master Helio loved was good cooking. To wrap up a long day of jiu-jitsu and philosophy, you will be treated to a special banquet dinner with Helio’s grandchildren featuring one of Helio’s favorite meals including salad, fish, pasta, vegetables, and his all-time favorite Corn Soup recipe!

Helio Gracie Film Presentation (8:30pm – 9pm)
During this special film presentation, you will get to know the other side of Grand Master Helio through the stories and testimonials of the people who knew him the best, his students, his friends, and his children.

Plus, Helio Gracie 100-Year Art Unveiling (9pm)
To commemorate 100 Years of Helio Gracie, world renowned painter, Stephen Holland, was commissioned to paint a spectacular piece of the Grand Master. This never-before-seen masterpiece will be unveiled at the Helio 100 Celebration!

1-Week of Free Training in Jiu-Jitsu Heaven
Helio Gracie week, September 30th through October 5th, is the one week where training at the Gracie Academy Headquarters is 100% FREE for any visiting students. So if you are traveling from a distance to attend the Helio Gracie 100-Year Celebration, we strongly encourage you to show up a week early and bring an extra gi to take advantage of this full week of FREE training in Jiu-Jitsu Heaven! If you’re a beginner you can do all Gracie Combatives group classes, and if you’ve been training for 6 months or more, feel free to jump into any and all Master Cycle group classes for the week! To check out the full class schedule, click here. To save your spot on the mat, call Jackie at (310) 353-4100 or email

Hotel Accommodations
If you are one of the many students who will be traveling from out of state to participate in the Helio Gracie 100-Year Celebration, you may want to consider getting a hotel room at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel (where the event is taking place). The hotel is located in downtown Los Angeles and is approximately 20 minutes from LAX airport. We have arranged special group discounts at this hotel with rooms starting at $155. All you need to do is call reservation hotline for booking: (213) 612-1575 and mention the code: 1310GRACIE / Gracie Jiu-Jitsu “100-Years of Helio Gracie. Please call during regular office hours (8am to 6pm PST). Please note that the after-hours call center does not have access to the exclusive group rates. Alternately, you can make your reservation online and get the same group rate if you click here. Please keep in mind that although this hotel may be convenient for the night of the event, if you plan on training in the Gracie Academy Torrance location during Helio Gracie Week, prior to the event, you should consider staying at a hotel closer to the academy (which is about 25 minutes from the Millennium Biltmore Hotel). For a list of recommended hotels in the Torrance area, click here.

Purchase Your Tickets Today – Only 150 Spots Available
To preserve the intimacy of this special family gathering, only 150 tickets are available for purchase. Here are the ticketing options:

1) Seminars Only: $250
2) Banquet Dinner Only: $125
3) Seminars + Banquet Dinner: $375

Click here to book today.