Respected as one of the best teachers in the Gracie family by his father, Grandmaster Helio Gracie, Royler Gracie was born on December 6, 1965 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Training Gracie Jiu-Jitsu with his brothers and cousins from an extremely early age, he bore an uncanny resemblance to his father. As the smallest of his brothers, Royler’s light frame, weight, and size, gave him no choice but to develop a strategy reminiscent of his father and a remarkable technical proficiency which allowed him to persevere against much larger opponents.
As one of the few jiu-jitsu teachers in the world with a professor’s diploma directly from Grandmaster Helio Gracie, Royler served as the head professor at the Academia Gracie in Rio de Janeiro for decades, and became renowned amongst thousands of students for his work ethic, glowing personality, and uplifting positivity. Wether teaching young children, older business executives, or students with physical disabilities, Royler was known for making each student’s personal development his personal mission.
Royler later emigrated to the United States in the early 1990’s to help establish the Gracie Academy in Los Angeles, along with brothers Rorion, Rickson, and Royce. As one of the most successful competititors in jiu-jitsu history, Royler currently uses this experience to serve as a coach and has recently relocated to San Diego, California to focus his efforts on teaching in the United States. Royler has a lifetime of experience in no holds barred challenge matches, mixed martial arts competition, submission wrestling, and is a four time World Jiu-Jitsu Champion. He is married to Vera Lucia Ribeiro Gracie, and has four daughters: Rayna, Rayssa, Rhauani, and Rarine.