Helio Gracie’s last interview

The following TV special originally aired on February 14, 2009 on SPORTV from the GLOBO TV network. SPORTV is the largest sports channel in Brazil. In December 2008, the creator of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu granted a long interview responding to a variety of questions about his life and Jiu-Jitsu. At 95 years of age, Helio Gracie demonstrated his unparalleled vitality and confidence, answering questions and even teaching a self-defense technique to the reporter. After a brief introduction, the special commences with footage from Brazil’s most prominent national nightly news, where anchorman William Bonner announced that the creator of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu had passed away. The 30-minute special also shows footage of the Grand Master through out his life, testimonials from sons Royler, Rickson, Royce and Rolker, world renowned architect Oscar Niemeyer and long time student and friend, Dr. Pedro Valente Sr.