World champion coming to Quincy May 11 to give two seminars at Midwest Jiu Jitsu Academy


Royler Gracie gives a Gracie Jiu-Jitsu seminar, sponsored by Marcelo Alonso, at Fife High School in this 2009 file photo. | Photo by Kelly Bailey/Flickr courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

QUINCY — Master Royler Gracie will be offering two Brazilian Jiu Jitsu seminars in Quincy on May 11 at Midwest Jiu Jitsu Academy, 3906 Broadway.

The seminar for adults 13 and over will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Another semifinal for children 12 and under is scheduled for 9 to 10 a.m. All affiliations are welcome to attend this event. A white gi is required.

Contact Scott Altgilbers at (217) 653-9951 concerning fees and other details.

Although several academies in the Quincy area trace their origins to the Gracie family, Altgilbers says
none of the Gracies have conducted a seminar in this area.

“This is a chance to train with a living legend who helped shape Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as both a self-defense martial art and a competitive sport,” Chad Wiley, local blue belt and recent gold medalist at the 2024 International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation Austin Open, said in a press release.

Gracie holds an eighth-degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-JItsu and ran the Gracie Humaita school in Rio de Janeiro under the supervision of his father, Grandmaster Helio Gracie, for years before moving to the U.S. to teach on his own.

He competed within the black belt ranks for more than 20 years. During Gracie’s competitive period, he was a four-time world champion, three-time Abu Dhabi Combat Club world champion and two-time Pan-American champion. Grace also is a member of the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation and Abu Dhabi Combat Club Halls of Fame.

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