It is common place to read about Eastern tales of Masters and Gurus, who instill knowledge and almost magical powers into their disciples. Uncle Helio was not a work of fiction, but a real life Legend. For the ones fortunate enough to get to know and share some time with him, consider that a blessing, for the ones who could only learn from him through his family and successive generations, consider that a blessing as well. Jiu-Jitsu has changed the lives of myself and everyone in my family, and also of all the students we were able to reach. Each of us is indebted to the knowledge and example learned from this Great Master. To that extent we are also thankful to all the generations of the Gracie Family who followed Uncle Helio. They took the torch and carried it on from the beaches of Rio to everywhere in the World. What a revolution!
I mourn the loss of such a human being. I send my deepest condolences to all his children, and to the entire Gracie Family.
The comfort I have is to know that among many things in his life, Uncle Helio was able to fulfill his mission to the last breath. The legacy is now spread among his many children and relatives, who in their own way will honor the memory of a Master who made history in his 95 years of existence.
THANK YOU, UNCLE HELIO, FOR YOUR SELFLESS GIVING AND
COMMITMENT TO MAKE OUR WORLD A BETTER PLACE. YOUR INDOMITABLE SPIRIT
WILL LIVE IN OUR MEMORIES AND HEARTS!
REST IN PEACE!