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Eric Ingram becomes first quadraplegic to earn blue belt in jiu-jitsu from the Gracie family

November 1, 2010 | 12:44 pm

Want to see something amazing? Eric Ingram became the first quadraplegic in history to earn a blue belt in jiu-jitsu from the legendary Gracie family.

“I tried karate for a year but there’s too much stand-up technique and it just turned into me watching everyone else do it,” said Ingram, 20, a physics major at Old Dominion University.   “With Gracie Combative it’s mainly groundwork and the other techniques [Ingram and his  brother Troy] were able to adapt to meet my needs.”

Troy Ingram is a certified Gracie instructor.

To obtain his belt after more than a year of hard work, Ingram had to demonstrate on videotape that he could perform all 36 Gracie Combatives moves in a series of four tests and then run a fight simulation with his brother as partner.

You can watch the video below:



-- Houston Mitchell