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This is a list of notable Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioners.
- Carlos Gracie (Brazil, 1902–1994) He was taught judo by Otávio Mitsuyo Maeda, a Japanese emigrant to Brazil who was then a 4th dan Kodokan judoka. Carlos then passed the teachings on to his brothers Oswaldo, Gastão Jr., Jorge, and Hélio. In 1925, the brothers opened their first academy in Brazil, marking the beginning of the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
- Helio Gracie (Brazil, 1913–2009) was a Brazilian martial artist who, together with his brother Carlos Gracie, founded the martial art of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, known internationally as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ). Until his death, Gracie was the only living 10th degree master of that system, and is widely considered as one of the first sports heroes in Brazilian history.
The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu ranking system awards practitioners different colored belts for increasing levels of knowledge and skill. The system shares its origins with Judo but now has its own character that has become synonymous with the art, including an informality in promotional criteria and a conservative approach to promotion in general.
While black belt is the highest common rank of attainment, at the 7th and 8th degree in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, the black belt is replaced by a belt of alternating red-and-black (similar to Judo’s substitution of an alternating white-and-red belt at the 6th, 7th, and 8th degree). At the 9th and 10th degree the practitioner is awarded a solid red belt, identical to Judo. These exceptional belts are awarded to denote the exceptional status of their wearer and his or her knowledge and overall contribution to the art.
The following individuals are particularly notable practitioners holding these respective ranks:
7th degree (7º grau)
8th degree (8º grau)
- Rickson Gracie - The son of Hélio Gracie with an undefeated MMA career
- Carlos Machado - World masters champion who assisted Chuck Norris in his show Walker, Texas Ranger, choreographing fight scenes with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
- Rigan Machado - Credited with 365 wins and no losses in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competition
- Pedro Sauer - US military and law enforcement trainer, once voted "Best of the Best Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Instructors"
- Joe Moreira - Pioneer of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu within the United States
- Relson Gracie - Second son of Helio Gracie, he went 22 years undefeated as the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu National Champion.
- Marcus Soares - Black belt under Carlson Gracie, and Father of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Canada.
- Derval Luciano Rêgo (Mestre Morcego) - Founder of the FJJ-PE (Federação de Jiu-Jitsu do Estado de Pernambuco) and co-founder of the CBJJ/IBJJF. Red-Black Belt under the lineage of Oswaldo Fadda and Jacê Paulino de Albuquerque. Known for a draw match against the legendary Rolls Gracie at the end of the sixties in Rio de Janeiro.
- Ricardo Murgel - Black Belt 8th Degree under Grandmaster Flavio Behring.
- Carley Gracie - Son of Carlos Gracie.
9th degree (9º grau)
- Carlson Gracie - Son of Carlos Gracie, trainer of UFC fighters, with a very successful professional fight career
- Geny Rebello - Grandmaster given a commemorative tournament by the Jiu-Jitsu Federation of Rio de Janeiro
- Reylson Gracie - The son of Gracie Jiu Jitsu (GJJ) founder Carlos Gracie. Teaches the original self-defense system of GJJ in Las Vegas, Nevada
- Armando Wridt - Undefeated vale-tudo fighter who is one of only 7 people to receive a red belt from Hélio Gracie
- Oswaldo Fadda - Perhaps the only individual coming from a non-Gracie lineage to earn a red belt, the Fadda academy was instrumental in bringing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to the poorer areas of Brazil.
- João Fernandez - Studied under Master Fadda, Rio de Janeiro, Barra.
- Pedro Valente - A world renowned plastic surgeon, Dr. Valente is the father of the Valente Brothers, Pedro, Gui Valente, and Joaquim. Student of Hélio Gracie since 1953. 
- Wilson Mattos - Perhaps the oldest student of Oswaldo Fadda.
- Francisco Mansur - One of only six men to be granted a professor's diploma by Hélio Gracie. Founder of Kioto Academy.
- Rorion Gracie - One of the founders of the UFC who was instrumental in bringing No-Holds Barred Fighting to North America.
- Flavio Behring - One of the early students of Helio Gracie, and head of the Behring Jiu Jitsu lineage. Grand Master Flavio Behring was awarded his red belt by Joao Alberto Barreto.
10th degree (10º grau)
The 10th degree red belt is limited to the pioneers of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, with no currently living member:
- Roger Gracie - World Jiu-Jitsu Champion (x14) 
- Saulo Ribeiro - World Jiu-Jitsu Champion (x5) and ADCC Champion (x2)
- Xande Ribeiro - World Jiu-Jitsu Champion (x6) and Black Belt Pan American Champion (x4)
- André Galvão - World Jiu-Jitsu Champion (x7), 3x Pan American Champion Black Belt (x3), won World Jiu-Jitsu championships for every belt color following white
- B.J. Penn - Former UFC Champion in two weight classes and the first non-Brazilian winner of the World Jiu-Jitsu Championship in the black-belt category
- Robson Moura - World Jiu-Jitsu champion (x6) and Brazilian National Champion (x2)
- Marcelo Pereira - World Jiu-Jitsu champion (x2) and Brazilian National Champion (x5) and State Champion, Rio de Janeiro (x9)
- Marcelo Garcia - World Jiu-Jitsu Champion (x4), ADCC champion (x3) and Brazilian National Champion (x3)
- Demian Maia - World Jiu-Jitsu Champion (x5) and UFC fighter who had a series of 11 undefeated fights in MMA
- Roberto "Cyborg" Abreu - World No Gi Champion (x2), Pan-American Champion (x3), Grapplers Quest Open Class Champion (x7), Copa America Open Class Champion (x4), Brazilian National Champion, World Championship Medalist (x12) 
- Fabio Gurgel - Multiple World Championship gold medal winner.
- Fabricio Werdum - Multiple World BJJ, ADCC, and Pan American Jiu Jitsu gold medalist, and top ranked Heavyweight fighter in the UFC.
- Ronaldo Souza - Five time World Jiu Jitsu champion and former Strikeforce Middleweight Champion.
- Braulio Estima - Multiple ADCC, World BJJ, Pan American, and European Championship gold medalist.
- Vinny Magalhães - Multiple World BJJ gold medalist.
Other notable practitioners
- Gracie family - A prominent sporting family from Brazil, known for their founding of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
- Machado family - A notable lineage of Jiu-Jitsoka related to the Gracie family.
- Rolls Gracie - An innovative practitioner who influenced much of modern Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
- Chris Haueter - First american black belt to compete in the Mundials De Jiu-Jitsu in Brazil, first American black belt to win a black belt match, spread BJJ to the UK and across the US in the late 90's, known for innovative teaching style, coined the term 'Combat Base' as it related to shooting platform.
- Matt Thornton - American martial artist and founder of Straight Blast Gym International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Association, has trained many well known UFC competitors including Randy Couture and Forest Griffin. Holds a black belt in BJJ.
- Joe Rogan - an American comedian and color commentator for the UFC, black belt under both Eddie Bravo and Jean Jacques Machado
- Ed O'Neill - American actor, best known for his role as Al Bundy, black belt under Rorion Gracie
- Maynard James Keenan - American rock vocalist, known for his role as a lead singer for the band Tool, trained under Rickson Gracie
- Eddie Bravo - Known for a notable tournament victory over Royler Gracie as a brown belt and pioneering 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu
- David Mamet - American playwright, essayist, screenwriter and film director
- Sean Patrick Flanery - American actor and singer with Pan-American and American National Championship wins. He is currently an instructor and black belt.
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