In 1914, Maeda met Gastão Gracie, a fight promoter, in Brazil. Subsequently, Gastão's eldest son Carlos became a student of Maeda and this in turn resulted in the youngest son Hélio also beginning to train Jiu Jitsu. Together, the Gracie brothers founded the "Academia Gracie de Jiu-Jitsu" in 1932, ushering in a new era in Jiu Jitsu. Their academy quickly became very successful and well attended. Carlos was the philosopher of the Gracie clan, so to speak, and always gave his younger brother Helio valuable advice on all aspects of life. He was the first Gracie to learn and teach the art of Jiu Jitsu. His acumen also played an important role in the preservation and promotion of the martial art in Brazil. To prove the effectiveness of the Japanese art of Jiu Jitsu, Hélio participated in competitions against wrestlers, boxers and capoeiras in Brazil. Following the proven formula of his Japanese predecessors, he often competed against bigger and stronger opponents to prove that it is possible for a small person to defend himself against any attacker. He also competed against Japanese Jūdo / Jiu Jitsu black belts to prove that the Gracie technique was equal to the Japanese one. Great success was achieved by Hélio, who weighed about 65 kilograms, through his fight with a high-level opponent such as the German-American wrestler Fred Ebert, who weighed 85 kilograms. Probably his most notable performance came against heavyweight Jūdō legend Masahiko Kimura, who weighed as much as 90 kilograms. Throughout his life, however, Hélio Gracie has always emphasized that he did not consider himself a professional fighter, as he never fought with the goal of making money or proving himself. His greatest task was to increase his students' confidence in the techniques of Jiu Jitsu. To this end, he continually perfected a teaching method that allowed any person, even those not athletically gifted, to learn the basics of self-defense in 40 private lessons. His students included men, women and children from all walks of life.