Ralph Gracie, a legendary Brazilian jiu-jitsu competitor and coach, is under investigation for felony battery stemming from an incident with Flavio Almeida at the IBJJF no-gi world championship tournament.
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Once in a lifetime something happens that make you question the very foundation of what you believe in … I feel confused, betrayed and powerless. Thanks to everyone who reached out asking about my brother Flavio, he is recovering under medical care. ………….. "Thank you for your concern. As you may know, while coaching at the World No-Gi Championships, Flavio was viciously attacked. The attack was completely by surprise, was unprovoked and did not allow Flavio a chance to protect himself. It was clear that the attack was meant to hurt Flavio personally, and also to intimidate Gracie Barra. The police are involved and are investigating. Flavio’s doctors have advised him to take time to rest with this family and recover from his injuries under their care, and to resume work when he is able. We very much appreciate your concern. We will address this situation further when the time is right." – Gracie Barra