Armando Wridt is one of the 7 Masters that received their red belt from the hands of the late Grand Master Helio Gracie. One of the pioneers of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Armando Wridt defended the Gracie Jiu Jitsu style in several grappling and Vale-Tudo events – also known as No Holds Barred, the sport that would later became MMA. Armando Wridt Jiu Jitsu Full Name: Armando Wridt Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Armando Wridt Nickname: “Dedinho” was a name given by his training partners at Gracie Jiu Jitsu. It stands for “Little Finger”. The Nickname was given as Mr Wridt is missing his right thumb; he lost it while working with a wood cutter as a teenager. Main Achievements in (BJJ/Grappling/MMA): being active in a time when no holds barred fights were the way to showcase jiu jitsu, Armando fought 3 fights winning all by first round submission. Favourite Position/Technique: Footlocks. Team/Association: Academia Gracie Armando Wridt Biography Armando Wridt met Helio Gracie when he was 21 years old; he was in the military service and played Basketball for his regiment and had a friend in common with Helio. Through this mutual friend Armando Wridt started visiting the Gracie farm regularly picking up Jiu Jitsu training with the Gracie brothers. After Armando Wridt finished his obligatory military service time he turned to the Gracies for help and guidance, spending the following 8 years living and training at the Gracie Academy. Although competition was not in his nature, during this period he spent with the Gracies Wridt defended the academy on 3 occasions at Vale-Tudo (no-holds-barred) events in Rio de Janeiro. Armando was a true fan of “Mahatma” Gandhi, and he did not believe in violence, however, to please his masters he fought and finished all three fights with a quick submission. After spending 8 years living and breathing the Gracie way, Armando left the academy (with Helio’s consent) and started teaching to personal body guards at the ESNI (Escola de Serviço Nacional de Informação). A few years later he retired and moved out to the outskirts of Brasilia, capital of Brazil, to live off the land in his own farm.