Royler Gracie will teach a Lyndhurst NJ Jiu-Jitsu seminar at Savarese Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy on June 27th at 7pm. Royler is the son of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Grandmaster Helio Gracie. The Savarese Academy’s owner, Professor Chris Savarese, received his black belt from Royler in 2008. It will be the 5th time Gracie has taught at the Academy.
Royler Gracie is a retired Brazilian mixed martial artist and Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioner. He ran the Gracie Humaitá school in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for many years under his father, Jiu-Jitsu Grandmaster Helio’s direction. During this time he developed fighters like Saulo and Xande Ribeiro, Wellington “Megaton” Dias, Leticia Ribeiro, Omar Salum, and Renato Barreto.
He currently lives in San Diego. Royler a legend in jiu-jitsu and submission wrestling of his own merit, having been the first “King of BJJ’s Featherweight Division” setting the record of world championships at the time. He is a 4x World BJJ Champion and 3x Abu Dhabi Combat Club World Submission Wrestling Champion. During a period of 3 years, he won every match without having a single point scored on him.
Always trying to improve his BJJ game, Royler often looked at other grappling forms. He trained extensively in Judo at both Sion (former Vasco da Gama) and at the Regatas Flamengo club to improve his standing technique and throws. This led to him competing in the Japanese Martial Art reaching a silver medal in the Judo Brazilian Nationals.
In 1997, Royler took his chance competing in the Absolute (no weight limit) Division of the World BJJ Championships. He won 6 grueling matches to reach the semi-finals while on the other side of the brackets Amaury Bittetti fought only 2 after a series of injuries allowed him to win by NO (no opponent). Bittetti also did not fight in his weight class so he could be the fresher of the 2 fighters. When they faced each other, Royler tried to play on top position, but was overpowered by the superior strength of his fresher opponent and so he got taken down losing the fight by two points.
He placed 3rd in the Open weight as a Featherweight, the lightest fighter to ever finish that high. When Royler decided to compete in MMA he also looked to improve his stand up training boxing with Claudio Coelho, a coach that helped his boxing a lot, lifting his spirits and building up his confidence as well as his stand-up technique.
Savarese BJJ Academy
The Savarese BJJ Academy is located at 40 Park Aave in Lyndhurst NJ. If you would like information to attend the seminar, call 201 933-5134 or email firstname.lastname@example.org