Before Jiu-Jitsu became a sport, it was a martial art based on the principals of respect, hierarchy, discipline, self-control, self-confidence, patience and many others. The objective is rendering the opponent into submission.
Rilion fought competitively for 15 years in both Jiu Jitsu and free style matches. In his competitive career as a Black Belt he was never submitted, neither in competition nor in sparring sessions.
In the early 1980’s besides teaching at the Gracie Ipanema academy, he was a founding member of the Gracie JJ School in the Barra da Tijuca neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro, along with his older brothers Crolin and Carlos Jr. In 1988, he was one of the instructors at the first Gracie Jiu Jitsu Seminar in the United States hosted by the actor and Martial Arts enthusiast Chuck Norris.
Rilion has been acclaimed by the most prestigious newspaper in Brazil (Jornal do Brasil) as the “…most techinical Jiu Jitsu Master in the world…”
Rilion has over 25 years teaching both Jiu Jitsu and MMA, and has been a professor and coach to many international champions including among them many representatives of the Gracie family, like Renzo, Ralf, Kyra, Rolles, Igor, Gregor, Daniel, Roger and his son Roggan (that did his victorious MMA debut in Milan Italy – May 2013, becoming the first Gracie to fight MMA in Europe).
Rilion believes that the most important thing in life is the search for true essence, spiritual development to overcome life’s difficulties and to contribute to a better world for all of us.
There is a no doubt that Jiu-Jitsu when practiced and taught with it’s true principles, bring about physical, mental and spiritual benefits.