Rose if the founder of Gracie Worlds tournaments. She talks about growing up in the Gracie family, her perspective watching Jiu-Jitsu spread to the US, her views on belt ranks, tournament bias and cannabis use in BJJ and MMA. Click “read more” for show notes! 


  • Growing up in the Gracie family
  • Grandmaster Helio’s position on the women in the family learning Jiu-Jitsu
  • The members of the family she spent the most time with
  • A bird’s eye view of the growth of Jiu-Jitsu in the US
  • Her father’s path of bringing Jiu-Jitsu to the American masses
  • How the UFC changed the martial arts landscape
  • Grandmaster Helio’s feelings on spreading Jiu-Jitsu outside Brazil
  • Pedro Valente Jr
  • How being a female Gracie made dating difficult
  • Ryan Gracie / Poop bombs
  • Ryan Gracie’s death
  • Jiu-Jitsu’s bad reputation in Brazil during the 90’s
  • The importance of morals in martial arts
  • Her opinion on belt ranks
  • Her inspiration to start the Gracie Tournaments
  • Bias in tournaments
  • Why she believes in the submission only rule set
  • Combat Jiu-Jitsu
  • Eddie Bravo’s involvement with Gracie Tournaments
  • Drug testing
  • Her opinion of Cannabis use in BJJ and MMA
  • Upcoming Gracie tournaments
  • The future for Gracie Tournaments