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Rilion Gracie Academy Provides a Direct Root to the Creators of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

By Elisha Neubauer

If you were to mention the name Gracie in the martial arts circles, you're sure to get a reaction. A name synonymous with the practice, the family was solely responsible for founding the Brazilian jiu-jitsu method of martial arts. While the family still practices and teaches in Brazil, those located in Katy, Texas have a unique opportunity to learn this format from one of the few schools associated with the Rilion Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Association of Texas.

"Since 1925, over 40 members of the Gracie Family have dedicated their lives to the practice and dissemination of the techniques and philosophy of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, making it the largest family of athletes in the world," explains Mario Agnese, owner of the Rilion Gracie Academy. The family has been successful in combat sport competitions including mixed martial arts, vale tudo, and submission wrestling events over a vast span of years. "As a family, they uphold the Gracie challenge, which promotes their style of modern jiu-jitsu."

While Rilion Gracie may be the youngest in the Gracie family, he is definitely suited for the position he currently holds as Master of the Rilion Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Association. "Master Rilion Gracie is the youngest male son of the Grand Master Carlos Gracie Sr. (the founder of Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and the creator of MMA)," explains Agnese. "He has been involved in his father's tradition since he was born and has grown up in the world of mats, healthy living, improved life skills, and philosophic concepts of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu." Master Rilion is the responsible party for the teachings occurring at the Rilion Gracie Academy; however, he is not on-site on a daily basis.

One of the most important offerings available from the Rilion Gracie Academy is perhaps the self-defense classes. While there are obvious reasons for taking the class, there are additional benefits, as Agnese broke down for us. "One of the biggest advantages to taking self defense classes is the way it makes you feel afterward," he explains. Most people find themselves unconfident in their abilities to protect themselves.


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