Cesar Gracie Jiu-Jitsu

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Cesar Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy
Founded by Cesar Gracie
Primary owners Cesar Gracie
Primary trainers Matheus Andre
Alessandro Ferreira
Nate Diaz
Andre Freitas
Jake Shields
Nick Diaz
Richard Perez
Current titleholders None.
Past titleholders

Nick Diaz - former Strikeforce Welterweight Champion, former WEC Welterweight Champion
Gilbert Melendez - Strikeforce Lightweight Champion, former WEC Lightweight Champion

Jake Shields - former Strikeforce Middleweight Champion, former Elite XC Welterweight Champion, former Shooto Middleweight Champion
Prominent fighters Nick Diaz
Jake Shields
Gilbert Melendez
Nate Diaz
Joe Schilling
Training facilities United States Pleasant Hill, California
United States San Francisco, California
United States Lodi, California
Iran Mini City, Tehran

Cesar Gracie Jiu-Jitsu is a mixed martial arts and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training facility located in Pleasant Hill, California and is home to numerous highly ranked mixed martial artists who compete in organizations such as the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).


The academy was opened by Cesar Gracie.

Prior to Jake Shields' UFC signing in 2010, Cesar Gracie Jiu-Jitsu housed champions in three of five weight classes in the Strikeforce promotion. This success helped Cesar Gracie secure a position among the nominees for "Coach of the Year" at the Fighters Only 2010 World MMA Awards.[1]

On April 17, 2010, members of the Cesar Gracie Jiu Jitsu camp were involved in a brawl following the main event at Strikeforce: Nashville in Nashville, Tennessee. The incident began as Jason Miller, a former opponent of Jake Shields, interrupted Shields' post-fight interview following his decision victory over Dan Henderson. Shields, Nick Diaz, Nate Diaz, and Gilbert Melendez scuffled with Miller after he asked Shields for a rematch. In response to the brawl, the Tennessee Athletic Commission recommended a range of fines and suspensions for the fighters involved.[2]

Notable fighters[edit]

Ismael Mota 3rd degree Black belt under Cesar Gracie. World Champion, winner of Grapplers Quest.


  1. ^ "2010 World MMA Awards Live Stream and Discussion". BloodyElbow.com. 2010-12-01. Retrieved 2010-12-11. 
  2. ^ "Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz's camp: The check's in the mail". Steve Marrocco at MMAJunkie.com. 2010-06-23. Retrieved 2010-12-11. 

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