This video breaks down a few things that Royler communicated with us last time he was in town. See what Royler has to say about the evolution of jiu jitsu and it’s popularity.
Check back a few months in the archives to see the whole interview with Royler.
As son to the late Grandmaster Helio Gracie, Royler is a member of the renowned Gracie family, and thus related to number of other prominent Gracies, such as his brothers Rickson, Royce, Rorion, Relson, Robin and Rolker. He holds a 7th degree red/black belt in the style pioneered by his family, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Prior to his retirement, Royler competed in the black-belt ranks for 20+ years. He and Marcelo Garcia are the only individuals to have won the ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship (ADCC) for three consecutive years. Royler is also a four-time World Jiu-Jitsu Champion in the Pena/Featherweight Black Belt Category and has placed in the Absolute Division.
Royler is known as an excellent teacher, having been the lead instructor at the Gracie Humaitá Academy founded by his father in Rio de Janeiro for over a decade. Some of his famous students include Saulo Ribeiro, Leonardo Xavier, Leticia Ribeiro and David Adiv. In 2008, he moved to San Diego, California and established Gracie Jiu-Jitsu San Diego where he is the lead instructor.