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Armando Wridt

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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 become mixed martial arts (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 woodcutter 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 bodyguards 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.

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