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  • Ralek Gracie
  • Ralek Gracie

Ralek Gracie

Ralek Gracie is the third son of Rorion Gracie, the world’s foremost expert in self-defense. Rorion introduced his sons to the art’s basic movements as soon as they could walk. As a child, Ralek spent the majority of his time watching his father teach private classes in their garage in Southern California. But, it wasn’t until he observed his father and uncles – Royce, Rickson, and Royler – easily winning “no-holds-barred” challenge matches that he began to fully comprehend the effectiveness of his family’s art.

Like members of the preceding Gracie generations, he was born into this family tradition of testing the art against all comers, so he decided to enter the world of professional fighting. In July, 2007, after being awarded his black belt by Grand Master Helio Gracie, Ralek made his MMA debut in Japan. In front of a live audience of 13,000 and a worldwide audience of 20 million, Ralek defeated his opponent, Kastuyori Shibata with a devastating armbar. Months later, he returned to Japan for his second MMA fight and was victorious, defeating Gahdzhiev Alavutdin with an armbar from the mount. When he is not training, Ralek is teaching alongside his brothers at the Gracie Academy headquarters in Torrance, California or hanging out with his son, Rylan.