Kyra Gracie

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Kyra Gracie Guimarães
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Kyra Gracie
BornKyra Gracie Guimarães
(1985-05-29) 29 May 1985 (age 33)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
NationalityBrazil Brazilian
StyleBrazilian Jiu-Jitsu
TeamRenzo Gracie Combat Team
Rank     3rd degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
OccupationInstructor
Notable relativesGracie family
Kyra Gracie
Medal record
Representing  Brazil [citation needed]
Grappling
ADCC
Gold medal – first place 2005 Long Beach, CA -60kg
Gold medal – first place 2007 Trenton, NJ -60kg
Gold medal – first place 2011 Nottingham, UK -60kg

Kyra Gracie Guimarães (born 29 May 1985) is a member of the Gracie family and a former world-champion Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ) practitioner.

Biography[edit]

She is one of only two Gracie women to achieve a black belt in BJJ and is the first Gracie female to actively compete in the sport. For several years she lived full-time in the United States, where she is associated with the Renzo Gracie Academy in New York and the Gracie Barra Academy in Lake Forest, California. In 2009, she moved back to her native Brazil, however, she still maintains her U.S. green card and must spend at least 6 months of the year living in the United States.[1]

Gracie won the women's under 60 kg title at the ADCC submission championships in 2005, 2007, and 2011.[2][3][4] She finished first at the IBJJF world championships in 2006,[5] twice in 2008 (lightweight and absolute divisions),[6] and 2010[7] She also finished second in 2004,[8] 2005,[9] twice in 2009 (light and open divisions),[10] and 2011.[11]

She is also associated with the Gracie Barra Academy and Evolve/Gordo Jiu Jitsu Academy in Rio de Janeiro. Gracie competed in tournament six of Kunoichi, the female version of Sasuke (or Ninja Warrior).[12] She is currently training for her debut in MMA.[13] In addition to BJJ, she also trains in judo and wrestling.[1]

In 2010, Gracie began competing for the newly formed Gracie Elite Team, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu competition team, composed of competitors representing Rilion Gracie, Renzo Gracie, Ralph Gracie, Cesar Gracie, and the late Ryan Gracie’s respective academies.[14]

Since January 2010, she has been training in boxing at the Nobre Arte gym in the Morro do Cantagalo area of Rio de Janeiro under the tutelage of boxing coach Claudio Coelho, to complement her grappling skills.[13]

In 2010, Gracie, along with family members Rillion, Rolles, Roger, Igor, and Gregor began Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Adventure Camp. The purpose of the camp is to provide training in Brazilian jiu-jitsu with access to the local tourism of the various host countries. She is currently training for her debut in MMA.[15][16]

Personal life[edit]

Gracie has four younger half-siblings: three half-sisters and a half-brother. Her mother, Flavia Gracie, and her uncles Charles Gracie, Ralph Gracie, Renzo Gracie, Ryan Gracie (now deceased) all practice BJJ. She is the granddaughter of Robson Gracie and the great-granddaughter of Carlos Gracie.[17]

Gracie has one child, a girl, with the Brazilian actor Malvino Salvador.[18][19]

Grappling credentials[edit]

  • 4x BJJ World Champion (2006, 2008, 2010) (2008 Absolute)
  • 5x BJJ Pan American Games Champion (2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007)[citation needed]
  • 5x BJJ Brazilian Champion (1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004)[citation needed]
  • 5x BJJ New York State Champion (1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002)[citation needed]
  • 3x ADCC (Abu Dhabi Combat Club) Submission Wrestling World Champion (2005, 2007, 2011)
  • 1x BJJ Asiatic Champion (2006)[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b In The Guard.TV >> Kyra Gracie Interview. URL accessed on 3 April 2010.
  2. ^ "2005 ADCC results".
  3. ^ "2007 ADCC results".
  4. ^ "2011 ADCC results".
  5. ^ "2006 IBJJF world championship results".
  6. ^ "2008 IBJJF world championship results".
  7. ^ "2010 IBJJF world championship results".
  8. ^ "2004 IBJJF world championship results".
  9. ^ "2005 IBJJF world championship results".
  10. ^ "2009 IBJJF world championship results".
  11. ^ "2011 IBJJF world championship results".
  12. ^ Kyra Gracie competing on Kunoichi. URL accessed on 3 April 2010.
  13. ^ a b Gracie Magazine >> Kyra Gracie Interview
  14. ^ Gracie Elite Team Debuts at the 2010 BJJ World Championship. URL accessed on 5 July 2010.
  15. ^ Embark on the Gracie Adventure and learn from the family URL accessed on 14 October 2010
  16. ^ Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Adventure URL accessed on 14 October 2010
  17. ^ Charles Gracie Family Tree URL accessed on 18 December 2013
  18. ^ Kyra Gracie still targets UFC career after pregnancy URL accessed 6 April 2014.
  19. ^ Kyra Gracie hopes to fight for UFC following pregnancy and childbirth URL accessed 6 April 2014.

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