Grand Master Carlson Gracie (August 13, 1932 – February 1, 2006), the greatest fighter in the history of Jiu-Jitsu. Carlson was the oldest son of Carlos Gracie (founder of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu), and learned the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu through his father Carlos Gracie, and his uncle Helio Gracie. Carlson reigned for 30 years (‘50s, ‘60s, and ‘70s) in MMA with 18 vale-tudo (no holds barred) matches with only one controversial loss. Carson wasn’t only a top competitor in Jiu-Jitsu and MMA, he also was one of the finest Jiu-Jitsu and MMA coaches to ever live. Carlson left the Gracie Academy in downtown Rio de Janerio to open his own academy around 1968 and it was the most successful TEAM ever created in Jiu-Jitsu history, staying undefeated for over 30 years (‘70s, ‘80s, and ‘90s).
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