About the Founder
Master Carlos Gracie Jr. was born on January 17, 1956. He grew up heavily influenced by a family of fighters aligned with numerous life philosophies and teachings created by his father, Carlos Gracie Sr. [Carlinhos – as referred by friends and family]. Carlos Gracie Jr. developed a community that continuously instills the values of the most influential figures from his family. All of which include: 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 the birth of one location, he expanded Gracie Barra to where it is today - USA, BRA, AUS, CAN, EUR, JAP with approximately 700 schools spanning the globe. Today Gracie Barra is the largest and most accomplished BJJ organization in the world.