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Gracie diet

This is the Official Gracie Web Site,
and the Home of Gracie USA

      It is with heavy heart that we note the passing of the legendary GrandMaster Carlson Gracie, who passed away February 1 in Chicago, Illinois, at the age of 72. He will be missed by all who knew him.

The Gracie style of Jiu-Jitsu is the “hottest” item in martial arts today. The Gracie style was created in the early part of this century by Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu pioneer Carlos Gracie , who had a standing challenge that was open to practitioners of all styles, regardless of size, weight or musculature.


This tradition of open challenge has been continued by the Gracie family and their students, and the Gracie style is recognized to be the most effective fighting art in the world . . . both in the ring and on the street! . . . a fact that the Gracie family and their students have been proving through their standing challenge for over 70 years.

The Gracie USA Jiu-Jitsu Home Page is your #1 Web source for accurate and up-to-date information and links about this fascinating and effective fighting art, and the family that made it. Contents include:

      • About the Gracie style of Jiu-Jitsu
      • Gracie Family Members on the Web
      • The Gracie Family
          including the Official Federation Belt Rankings of Gracie members teaching in the U.S. and the Real Gracie Family Tree
      • The Gracie Diet
          new info added 10/8/96
      • Vale Tudo & No Rules Fighting Events
      • Links to Non-Gracie Sources

Gracie Family Members on the Web

The Gracie Family

  • The real Gracie Family Tree (no holds barred)
  • Martial Arts Genealogy of key Gracie Family Members — who learned from whom
  • Official Federation Belt Rankings of Gracie Family Members and others teaching in the U.S. (from Rio de Janeiro, Brasil)
  • Gracie Family Academies and other places to study the Gracie style in the U.S. (an unofficial listing)

The Gracie Diet

The Gracie Diet is not just about fruits , it’s about how you combine the foods you eat.

Meats are a part of the Gracie Diet. Most meats (as well as fish, fowl and shellfish) are in Group A. The Group A foods combine with each other as well as with one food from Group B.

Tip of the Week: Some foods do not combine with other foods, and have to be eaten alone. In the Gracie Diet, these are called Group D foods. When you eat one of these foods, wait 3-4 hours for your body to digest it before you eat something different. Some of the fruits and other foods that must be eaten alone include:

    Apples (if green or acidic), apricots, cherries, peaches, acidic plums, acidic pears
    Blackberries, raspberries, strawberries
    Pineapple, mango
    Grapefruit, lemon, orange, tangerine
    Yogurt, kefir, acidophilus milk

Note, none of the individual fruits and foods listed above combines with any other food or even with each other . That means don’t blend the juices of different citrus fruits, don’t combine blackberries with raspberries, and watch the blend in fruit salad, if you want to follow the Gracie Diet.

Check our page on Gracie Diet Tips for a more complete list of Group D foods (the ones that must be eaten alone), as well as more information about the Gracie Diet, getting started, and the basic rule about (not) combining carbohydrates.

Vale Tudo & No Rules Fighting Events

Gracie techniques have been publicized in numerous magazine articles, and their effectiveness has been publicly demonstrated in Carlos Gracie’s Brazilian TV Series “Heroes of the Ring” , public competitions and challenge matches, and videos, as well as in recent pay-per-view and foreign TV broadcasts that include fight events such as

  • Pride (in Japan and other venues)
  • the Ultimate Fighting Championship series

In these and other events, Gracie representatives, fighting in “no rules” open competition against title holders of other martial arts styles, have consistently won their matches continuing to prove that the Gracie style of Jiu-Jitsu is the most effective fighting art in the world today.

Other (Non-Gracie) Sources with Information for Gracie Enthusiasts

If you have questions, comments, or useful information, you can E-mail to GRACIE USA at

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Gracie Jiu-Jitsu is a mark used by various members of the Gracie family of Brazil; their Academies are individually owned and operated.

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