Our school is an official Gracie Barra affiliate school. Gracie Barra is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Association, with over 800 schools on six continents. The organization was founded by Carlos Gracie, Jr.
Carlos Gracie Jr., who was born in 1956, grew up heavily influenced by his family, especially his father Carlos Gracie Sr. and his brother Rolls Gracie. Carlos was working as Rolls’ assistant instructor when Rolls died in a hang-gliding accident in 1982; Carlos was asked to assume the head instructor role. The first Gracie Barra school was first founded in the upper-class Barra da Tijuca neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro.
In a few years Carlos Gracie Jr. was able to turn Gracie Barra into one of the most dominant teams in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu winning many consecutive world titles. Despite the outstanding results in tournaments, Carlos Gracie Jr. worked hard to create a positive learning environment where all kinds of people could learn the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. At the school, people can see world champions training with lawyers, doctors, business professionals, etc. on a mutual supportive environment dedicated to development of the individual. Source
All our professors are graduated to the black belt level by Gracie Barra icon, Professor Vinicius ‘Draculino’ Magalhaes. They have trained at the Gracie Barra Headquarters and/or in Gracie Barra Belo Horizonte in Brazil on multiple occasions.