Height 5'10 (178 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg)
Born March 11, 1967
Town of birth Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Team/Association Renzo Gracie Jiu-Jitsu
Fighting style Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout 2
By submission 7
No contests 0
Renzo Gracie (pronounced "Henzo") (born March 11, 1967 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) is a lifelong practitioner of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) and a member of the legendary Gracie family from Brazil. He is the son of Robson Gracie, grandson of Carlos Gracie and grand-nephew of Helio Gracie. His brothers Ralph and Ryan Gracie are also famous fighters. He holds notable wins over former UFC champions Frank Shamrock, Pat Miletich, Oleg Taktarov, Carlos Newton and Maurice Smith.
Gracie has competed both in sport BJJ and mixed martial arts events such as the PRIDE Fighting Championships, the International Fight League, RINGS, Martial Arts Reality Superfighting (MARS), and the World Combat Championship.
In February of 2007, Gracie won a match against Frank Shamrock for upstart MMA promotion EliteXC on its debut night Saturday February 10, 2007, on Showtime. Shamrock was disqualified by referee Herb Dean due to knee strikes to the back of Gracie's head while both fighters were on the ground. He had already been given one warning earlier in the match for illegal strikes to the back of Gracie's head. After the match, Gracie had to be helped out of the ring and back to his dressing room by his team due to receiving a concussion from the strikes.
Renzo is currently coaching his team, the New York Pitbulls, for the International Fight League.
Gracie is the main instructor at the Renzo Gracie Academy which is located in Midtown Manhattan. Many well known BJJ and MMA fighters have been trained by Renzo, including BJJ black belts Rodrigo Gracie, Matt Serra, Ricardo Almeida, Sean Alvarez, Alan Teo, Mike Codella and Shawn Williams.
Gracie also has written an instructional book on Jujitsu, called "Mastering Jujitsu", with his training partner John Danaher. He has also been the personal jiu jitsu teacher of Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, since 1993.
Gracie is a resident of Holmdel, NJ. He and his wife Cristina have two children, Coralina and Ruran. He has two brothers, Ralph Gracie and Ryan Gracie.