My life is dedicated to Jiu-Jitsu. My goal was simply to build a brotherhood to lead the expansion of BJJ while respecting the essence of our art. My students are an extension of my family. I want each one of them to achieve their personal best while helping spread Jiu-Jitsu. We must do that honoring the traditions and efforts of those who came before us. Master Carlos Gracie Jr.
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 biggest Jiu-Jitsu organization there is, with offices in North America, Brazil, Australia, Japan, and Europe and more than eight hundred schools worldwide.
He created a structure that could protect the Gracie Barra banner while still offering support to instructors and school owners, to create career opportunities via certification programs and professional training. The aim of GB Schools is to help their communities by offering Jiu-Jitsu for Everyone.
Gracie Barra’s reputation drew international attention, and Master Carlos created opportunities for hundreds of people to travel abroad and begin international careers. In 2005, Carlos founded his own school outside Brazil, the Gracie Barra US headquarters, located in the city of Irvine, California.
His goal and our goal is to continue bring Jiu-Jitsu to everyone, and we will accomplish that by establishing a GB School in every city in the world.
Gracie Barra Instructors are trained in the teaching philosophy and methods of Master Carlos Gracie Jr., who founded Gracie Barra in 1986. A legacy of over 30 years of teaching experience is at your service, so you don’t have to worry: you and your family are in great hands.Find out more
Gracie Barra offers a range of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu programs for kids and adults of all ages and abilities, we believe in the philosophy of Jiu-Jitsu for everyone and our classes are designed to be accessible to anyone.