Rickson, third son of Helio Gracie, was born into Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. At six years old he began competing, at 15 he started to teach the art, and at eighteen he received his black belt. Rickson is a red and black belt whose technique many consider to be the finest expression of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in the world.
His innate talent and early mastery of the sport have resulted in an impeccable undefeated record in more than 400 fights, including Jiu-Jitsu tournaments, free-style wrestling, Sambo, open weight free-style competitions, and no-holds-barred challenge matches and recreational sparring.
Rickson is a two-time Brazilian Champion in free-style wrestling, a Gold Medal Winner in Sambo, and for almost two decades he has been the middle-heavyweight and open weight division World Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Champion. Rickson has proven himself to be as accomplished a teacher as he is a competitor.
He has been teaching his family’s martial arts style for over 40 years and his array of students have included FBI Agents, SWAT Teams, Navy Seals, military personnel, martial artists of various styles and athletes.
SOURCE: Citizens of Humanity.