Kyra Gracie has just become the first woman to be inducted into the ADCC Hall of Fame, joining the four legendary grapplers who were already included. It’s been over a month since the ADCC Hall of Fame opened with the induction of Roger Gracie and the promotion has been adding one member every week since then. The reigning superfight champion Andre Galvao quickly joined Roger and shortly after that, the giant-killer Marcelo Garcia was inducted as well. Most recently, one of the earliest double champions Ricardo Arona was included among the greatest grapplers in ADCC history.
Kyra Gracie can now count herself among the ever-growing list of ADCC Hall of Fame inductees and it should come as no surprise that she is the first female competitor to do so considering her remarkable achievements in the sport. She was truly a pioneer of the ADCC women’s divisions as she won the very first edition of the under 60kg weightclass in 2005 before following that up with another two gold medals in 2007 and 2011. Throughout her time on the ADCC mats she went 9-0 and eventually retired undefeated in the under 60kg weightclass at the ADCC world championships.
Perhaps her most impressive feat is actually one that will be incredibly tough to beat, as she currently stands as the youngest person to ever win an ADCC world championship. She won her first title on her twentieth birthday and only three people have ever even come close to achieving glory that young, as Marcelo Garcia, Rafael Mendes, and Ricco Rodriguez were all 20 at the time they first won a gold medal, although several months older than Kyra. It’s for her status as a pioneer of women’s competition in ADCC along with her remarkable achievements in general that Kyra Gracie was inducted to the ADCC Hall of Fame in a post to the promotion’s official Instagram account: