Grappling upon a history that spans eight decades and 300 locations worldwide, the instructors at Gracie Barra Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu carry on the Gracie family's tradition of brazilian jiu-jitsu. In 1925, Carlos Gracie Sr. opened his first school in Rio de Janeiro, popularizing the combat art as a competitive sport. He then passed on his knowledge to his brothers, who went on to thrive in Brazil's combat circles, and would eventually inaugurate his son, Carlos Gracie Jr., into this "gentle art." Gracie Jr. grew up immersed in brazilian jiu-jitsu, honing his skills and values while grappling with his father, uncles, brothers, and cousins, all of whom were some of the most influential fighters in brazilian jiu-jitsu's history. Dedicated to upholding his family's legacy, he opened Gracie Barra in 1986 to share his passion for the sport with students of all experience levels and backgrounds.
Specializing in group and private instruction in the ways of brazilian jiu-jitsu and muay thai kick-boxing, his instructors teach not only combat techniques, but also the values of self-respect, discipline, and integrity. Throughout the pristine studio, students of all ages train in circles or spar with one another to perfect their moves, writhing on target pads like snakes slicked in butter. The instructors foster a free-form network of friendship and support, and teach students to channel the self-confidence acquired in class throughout every aspect of their daily lives.