Grandmaster Helio Gracie was born October 1st, 1913. This October, we celebrated 100 years of Helio Gracie, and people from around the world gathered for the HELIO 100 Ceremony. For those of you who are unfamiliar, Helio is accredited with creating what is now known as Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. He was a small, frail man who modified the Japanese jiu-jitsu techniques practiced by his brothers so that he could do them with his weak physique. What resulted was a system of self-defense that relied on leverage, technique, and timing rather than strength, speed, and flexibility. He then began to test his jiu-jitsu by challenging every opponent imaginable. To learn more about the history of Helio Gracie and Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, click here.

Not only did we celebrate the creator of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, but we celebrated a man who revolutionized the way many thought about health, diet, and family. I am so proud to see his way of life and his teachings live on through his grandchildren, and specifically his grandson, my fiance, Rener Gracie. For Helio Gracie’s contribution to the self-defense system that changed the way I look at the world and my healthy and vibrant lifestyle, I am forever grateful!

Here is a video from the event, as well as some star studded photos: