Royce: Rener & Ryron are misrepresenting Helio's work


Modern mixed martial arts owes its existence to the Gracie Family, notably Helio's line. Helio developed the technique of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. His son Rorion popularized it. Now Rorion's sons, Rener and Ryron, have taken it upon themselves to educate people about BJJ.

Controversially, part of that process is their online courses, in which they award rank via video. After just six years, their Gracie University reportedly has 90,000 students in nearly 200 countries. The practice has received wide criticism, including most recently from their uncle, UFC Hall of Famer Royce.

Royce made his feelings clear when he shared on his Instragram account a statement from manager Mike Kogan:

“I wonder if Gracie Academy Students paying $200 know that all they need to get good at jiu-jitsu is to join online Gracie University. I find it ironic that worlds like Gracie and Online learning are somehow tied into worlds like Helio Gracie. It’s a shame when your own family changes the concepts of everything you stood for then uses your name and then is actually tying to convince the world that it’s better to learn from a screen then a person specially the art as complex and technical as jiujitsu. And on keepingitplayful. Helio Gracie has a saying “two men playing I smell blood” #ikeepithonest. @realroyce”

?Royce then posted on the subject directly, again, via Instagram.

"With all due respect, our nephew's curriculums and online programs are not a true representation of the teaching method, belt grading, and philosophy that we learned from our father, Grandmaster Helio Gracie. They have the right to modify our battle-tested jiu-jitsu system as they see fit, but we feel that it is our duty to ensure that our father's name is not misrepresented. While videos, books and online resources may serve as supplements to jiu-jitsu practitioners, provenly, they can never, by any means, substitute live lessons in a qualified academy."

In an interview with Tatame, Rener offered a defense of the practice, saying it is an fact a superior alternative to learning BJJ in an actual academy.

"Some people do not understand that online study is even more effective than learning in the traditional classroom," said Rener, via Google Translate. 


tags: Royce Gracie (detail)  Rener Gracie   Ryron Gracie   Rorion Gracie   


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Rocky Dennis site profile image  

10/26/15 6:33 PM by Rocky Dennis

Logged in and my thread from forever ago is back at top of my Subs. Glad to see the friendly discussion continues!

GongandDash site profile image  

10/26/15 6:11 PM by GongandDash

Meanwhile the local royce gracie affiliate charges £670 to grade to 'yellow' belt! Not saying he is behind that... But i hope he has his house in order too. P.s gracie online = bullhawky

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10/26/15 2:39 PM by Ryann Von Doom

Did they hate on the tape trade too?

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10/26/15 9:21 AM by jackel


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10/26/15 9:04 AM by ggddcc

Luckily, no one at MY gym has ever gotten a blue belt in 2 months, so my gym isn't shite. I'm talking about people who are currently IBJJF competitors at brown and black, that years ago got their blue belts in 2 months. It happens.My main point, is that a blue belt is a beginner belt! I got it on the fast side, and I was winning matches at NAGA level in blue belt. Not a world beater, not a national circuit superstar, just a recreational person who gets the basics. A blue belt. Who cares.

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10/26/15 8:47 AM by perfectsoldier

This all day

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10/25/15 10:42 PM by Renzo's Elbow

Once you have mastered all the techniques in a learning module, you will digitally record yourself performing detailed belt qualification drills. These videos will be uploaded in the Testing Center for evaluation by Gracie Academy senior instructors. Multiple instructors will provide detailed, time-coded feedback on your performance, so you know exactly what your strengths and weaknesses are, and you can adjust your training habits accordingly in the next module. If, upon completing the Gracie Combatives beginner program, your techniques and reflexes meet Gracie Academy standards, you will have the opportunity to earn a Technical Blue Belt through the Video Evaluation Process. It should be noted that even though Gracie University will provide a complete training path for dedicated at-home students, from white to black belt, in order to maintain the integrity of the Gracie Academy belt system, all "official belt promotions" can only be earned via live testing at a Gracie Academy Certified Training Centers. To learn more about the Gracie Academy belt system and the testing processes, explore the various tabs in the Testing Center. If you're one of those people who don't believe that at-home learning is possible, click on the video below.

Renzo's Elbow site profile image  

10/25/15 10:37 PM by Renzo's Elbow

The online Blue Belt curriculum earns you what the Gracies call a TECHNICAL BLUE BELT. They say it only means you took the course and can perform the moves.....If you want you real Blue belt you still have to train with them to get it.

TKD LOL site profile image  

10/25/15 10:12 PM by TKD LOL

people saying a blue belt is shit must not be at a very good school.

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10/25/15 5:42 PM by TheBigRedOne

Still wrong. Try again.