Carley Gracie

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Carley Gracie
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Born Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil
Residence San Francisco, California, United States
Nationality Brazilian & American
Style Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Teacher(s) Carlos Gracie, Carlson Gracie[1]
Rank     9th degree Red Belt
Grandmaster in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Website http://www.carleygracie.com/

Carley Gracie is a Brazilian-born American martial artist, a prominent member of the Gracie family, and a jiu-jitsu grandmaster. His father Carlos Gracie gave him the nickname "The lion of the Gracie Family" because of his belief that Carley was a champion.[citation needed] He is known as the father of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in the United States,[citation needed] and continues to teach on a regular basis at the Carley Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy and through Carley Gracie Red Belt Seminars.

Biography[edit]

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

The 11th child of Carlos Gracie, he was the last member of the Gracie family to be trained by his father. He 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 a champion in both jiu-jitsu and vale tudo.[citation needed] He received his jiu-jitsu black belt at the unprecedented[citation needed] 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]

The interest in sharing Gracie Jiu-Jitsu with the world inspired Carley to leave Brazil and establish his new home in the US and travel the world teaching the art. 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]

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 keeping with the Gracie family tradition his children are also active jiu-jitsu practitioners. His daughter Tanya Gracie and his sons (Clark Gracie [6][7][8] and Ralston Gracie [9][10]) all train in Gracie/Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. As of January 2015, Ralston teaches at the Carley Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy. Clark operates his own Clark Gracie Jiu-Jitsu locations, including two main academy locations in Old Town, San Diego and La Jolla, California, where he teaches.

References[edit]

  1. ^ BJJ.org >> The Rio Story Part 1 URL accessed on October 15, 2010.
  2. ^ http://www.gracie.com/pubs/uk-combat1297.html
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on January 11, 2014. Retrieved October 13, 2014. 
  4. ^ Carley Gracie Archived February 7, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.. URL accessed on June 4, 2009.
  5. ^ CARLEY GRACIE et al. v RORION GRACIE et al. - Docket Numbers 98-15672, 98-16386 United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  6. ^ Clark Gracie URL accessed on June 4, 2009.
  7. ^ Clark Gracie URL accessed on June 4, 2009.
  8. ^ Clark Gracie URL accessed on June 4, 2009.
  9. ^ Ralston Gracie URL accessed on October 12, 2014.
  10. ^ Ralston Gracie URL accessed on October 12, 2014.

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