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|Founded by||Carlos Gracie, Jr.|
|Headquarters||14988 Sand Canyon Avenue Irvine, CA 92618|
Carlos Gracie Jr., who was born in 1956, grew up heavily influenced by his family, especially his father Carlos Gracie Sr. and his brother Rolls Gracie. Carlos was working as Rolls' assistant instructor when Rolls died in a hang-gliding accident in 1982; Carlos was asked to assume the head instructor role. The first Gracie Barra school was first founded in the upper-class Barra da Tijuca (Brazilian Portuguese: [ˈbaʀɐ dɐ tʃiˈʒukɐ]) neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro.
In a few years Carlos Gracie Jr. was able to turn Gracie Barra into one of the most dominant teams in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu winning many consecutive world titles. Despite the outstanding results in tournaments, Carlos Gracie Jr. worked hard to create a positive learning environment where all kinds of people could learn the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. At the school, people can see world champions training with lawyers, doctors, business professionals, etc. on a mutual supportive environment dedicated to development of the individual.
Gracie Barra has graduated more than 600 black belts all over the world.
Gracie Barra Instructor Certification Program
Gracie Barra created the instructors' certification program which aims to increase the level of instructions given to their students. Each instructor goes through a series of modules which caters to different aspects within the organization. The aim is to standardize each instruction based on the traditional teaching methods of founder Carlos Gracie, Jr.
The certification program in Gracie Barra also provides all instructors insight into the inner workings of the organization, such as the business model and strategy.
Currently, the certification program is authored by the top executives of the organization namely Marcio Feitosa, Marco Joca, and Flavio Almeida, all of whom trained under Carlos Gracie, Jr.
Gracie Barra CompNet
The Gracie Barra CompNet (Competition Network) is designed to promote competition within the members of Gracie Barra. The tournament is exclusive to Gracie Barra school members. The rules in the tournament coincide with the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation rules. Weight classes follows the international standards as well.
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