9th Grau Red Belt Deoclecio Paulo, or Grand Master Deo as he is known visited the site and left a message on the History of Jiu-Jitsu Brasileiro page! This was quite a surprise as I have never met or had any interaction with the famous Grand Master! He affectionately wrote in Portugues, as I imagine he does not know English: “PREZADO AMIGO PROFESSOR JOSH GOSTEI MUITO DO SEU SITE. PARABÉNS ! UM ABRAÇO ! Translated: “Dear friend professor Josh, I like your site a lot. Congratulations! A Hug!” This was a surprise and huge honor to me to discover such a famous person is visiting our webiste and left a compliment! Being a 9th Grau Grand Master is has achieved the greatest rank possible in Jiu-Jitsu. (a 10th grau is reserved for the 5 original Gracie brothers). He received his black belt from Oswaldo Fadda in 1958! He started training when he was 9 years old. So he has 70 years in the game!!
Now we are facebook friends! lol Of course I asked if he would like to visit our academy sometime! He said August of 2013 he will visit the United States and would love to do a seminar and get to know my students!!
Here is his website: http://www.deojiujitsu.com.br/