A tearful Rickson passes academy on to son Kron

Friday, July 22, 2011


GracieMag photographer John Lamonica was on hand in June as Rickson passed his academy over to son, Kron. The younger Gracie was one of the standouts at the last Worlds, with a win over then two-time lightweight champion Michael Langhi.

Lamonica captured Rickson’s outpouring of emotion, weeping during the ceremony, causing his brother Royler to shed some tears as well.

With friend Xande Ribeiro and brother Royler Gracie present, a new crop of black belts was promoted.

The next generation was present too…

For the most part Rickson was happy, but he would have been happier still, were it not for the two bitter, back to back losses to his son that he suffered, in Table Tennis.

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