While half of the football teams in Texas are still dreaming of the undefeated season, today someone was in Tyler who went unbeaten in his sport for twenty-two full years.
The legendary Relson Gracie was at Lone Star Mixed Martial Arts Gym today. One of the world's most famous and respected martial arts masters, the jiu-jitsu legend once went undefeated for more than twenty-two years.
In his class, Gracie wanted to make sure his students learned more than just fighting techniques.
"Oh, it's a hundred percent," Gracie said. "You teach jiu-jitsu, jiu-jitsu comes as a package. Discipline, honest, loyalty, respect, friendship in the match. I don't teach jui jitsu to fight, I teach it for people to defend yourself.
Mayor Barbara Bass declared today "Relson Gracie Day" in Tyler.
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