Carley Gracie

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Carley Gracie
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Born Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Residence San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA
Style Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Teacher(s) Carlos Gracie, Carlson Gracie[1]
Rank     9th degree Red Belt
Grand Master in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Website http://www.carleygracie.com/

Carley Gracie, nicknamed "The lion of the Gracie family", is a Brazilian-born martial artist, a prominent member of the Gracie family, and a Jiu Jitsu Grand Master. His father Carlos Gracie gave him the nickname "The lion of the Gracie Family" because of his belief that Carley was a Champion. Grand Master Carley Gracie is known as the father of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in the United States. He continues to train his students on a regular basis at the Carley Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy.

Biography[edit]

Carley was born at sea, off the coast of Natal, Brazil, and was raised in Rio de Janeiro and Teresopolis.

Carley is the 11th child of Carlos Gracie and was the last member of the Gracie family to actually be trained by his father Carlos Gracie (the founder of modern Jiu Jitsu: Brazilian/Gracie Jiu Jitsu). Carley is one of the few people in the world to hold a 9th degree Red Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and is known to be one of the most technical members of the Gracie family.[2]

Carley was the champion in both jiu-jitsu and vale tudo. He received his Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt at the unprecedented age of 22, and is currently certified a 9th degree Red-Belt by the Federation of Jiu-Jitsu of Rio de Janeiro (the first certifying organization for the sport of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu). Carley and his brothers Carlson Gracie and Rolls Gracie favored a much more active, 'warrior style' of Jiu-Jitsu that encouraged physical prowess and barraging your opponent with a series of attacks.[3]

Grand Master Carley Gracie recognized his father’s brilliance in creating Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. The quest to share the brilliance of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu with the world inspired Grand Master Carley Gracie to leave Brazil and establish his new home in the USA. In 1972, Carley moved to the United States, where he fought challenge matches and trained students up and down the eastern seaboard. Carley was the first member of the Gracie family to teach Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in the United States, and gave classes at locations in Virginia and Florida before moving to California in 1979. He opened the first Brazilian/Gracie Jiu Jitsu school in San Francisco, California, where he currently teaches.[4]

In 1994, Carley interceded on behalf of much of the Gracie Family in a dispute over use of the Gracie name in Jiu-Jitsu in the USA. His cousin Rorion Gracie had obtained a federal trademark registration for the term "Gracie Jiu-Jitsu" and was demanding that other members of the Gracie family stop using their surname (Gracie) in connection with Jiu-Jitsu instruction. Carley, who was the first Gracie to teach Jiu-Jitsu in the United States, challenged Rorion's registration and a lengthy legal battle followed. Carley ultimately won the lawsuit over the Gracie name, when the jury found that Rorion did not have a valid federal trademark registration for the name "Gracie Jiu-Jitsu." The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in Carley's favor, affirmed his victory over the Gracie name and ordered the District Court Judge to cancel Rorion's federal trademark registration. The outcome of Carley winning the lawsuit was that all members of the Gracie family could use their name in association with Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. It is believed that the outcome of Carley's legal victory allowed Gracie/Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to expand and grow across the USA and elsewhere in the world.[5]

The Father of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in the United States actively continues train his students on a regular basis at the Carley Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy as well as conduct Jiu Jitsu Red Belt Seminars. He is also the only known active practitioner of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu who has 0 degrees of knowledge separation direct training from the founder and creator of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. The origin of the Gracie Family traces back to Scotland, United Kingdom; the genius of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu was established in Brazil by his father; and the global expansion of Gracie/Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has been anchored in the USA as a result of Grand Master Carley Gracie's enthusiasm and resolve to promote and teach Gracie Jiu-Jitsu.

Instructor lineage[edit]

Mitsuyo "Count Koma" MaedaCarlos Gracie, Sr. → Carley Gracie

Personal life[edit]

Carley Gracie is a resident of the San Francisco Bay Area, in California. In keeping with the Gracie family tradition his children are also active in Jiu-Jitsu. His daughter (Tanya Gracie) and his sons (Clark Gracie [6][7][8] and Ralston Gracie [9][10]) all train in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. The photogenic Clark Gracie has Jiu-Jitsu academy locations in San Diego (Old Town) and La Jolla, California, where both he and Ralston teach Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

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