About us

Gracie Barra

Gracie Barra is the one of the largest, and most traditional, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Organizations in the World. Our schools, Instructors, and competitors are present not only in the United States or Brazil, but also in South and Central Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Oceania.

Our Founder - Carlos Gracie Jr


Master Carlos Gracie Sr

Carlos Gracie Jr. was born on January 17, 1956 and grew up heavily influenced by his family of fighters. In close synch with the life philosophy and teachings of his father Carlos Gracie Sr., Carlinhos – as he’s known to friends and family – grew up observing and learning from some of the most influential figures his family has ever produced: Carlos, Helio and Rolls.

In 1986, Carlos Gracie Jr. founded the first Gracie Barra school, in the city of Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro. From that one location he created the most expansive BJJ organization there is, with offices in the USA, Brazil, Australia and Europe and around 500+ schools spanning the world.


Each person who puts on the kimono and believes in Jiu-Jitsu that myself and my family teaches is the realization of my life’s work. 

Grand Master Carlos Gracie Sr. (Founder of BJJ and Master Carlos Gracie Jr.’s father)