Mauricio Motta Gomes

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Maurição Motta Gomes
BornRio de Janeiro, Brazil
ResidenceLondon, England, UK
NationalityBrazil Brazilian
StyleBrazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Teacher(s)Rolls Gracie, Carlos Gracie, Jr., Joao Alberto
Rank         8th Degree Coral Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Maurício "Maurição" Motta Gomes is a practitioner of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, one of the few people to have been promoted to black belt by Rolls Gracie. The nickname "Maurição" means Big Maurício. He has been training and teaching BJJ for over 50 years and at present holds the rank of 8th degree white and red belt.[1][2] He is the father of Roger Gracie.

Early life and education[edit]

At the age of 4, Mauricio was taken to BJJ academies by his father before he started training with Joao Alberto. In 1977, he began training with Rolls Gracie and was awarded his black belt in 1981.

Personal life[edit]

Mauricio married Reila Gracie, the daughter of Carlos Gracie, in 1979. He is the father of the BJJ practitioner Roger Gracie.[3]


Mauricio taught briefly in the Meidaimae area of Tokyo at what was then Gracie Barra Japan in 1998. After a brief return to his home in Brazil, he accepted a position in England, where he set up Gracie Barra UK, teaching in Birmingham and then in London, Edinburgh and Belfast.[2] Mauricio promoted his first UK students to black belt in 2005: Jude Samuel, Rick Young and Marc Walder.[3]

Mauricio now divides his time between Brazil and the UK to teach at the Roger Gracie Academy in London.[3] With Felipe Souza and his son Roger Gracie, Mauricio also established the first Gracie Barra Jiu Jitsu School in China in Shanghai in 2002.[citation needed]

Instructor Lineage[edit]

Mitsuyo "Count Koma" MaedaCarlos Gracie, Sr.Helio GracieRolls Gracie → Mauricio Motta Gomes


  1. ^ Renzo Gracie News >> Congratulations to Master Maurico Gomes and Roger Gracie Archived 2010-06-11 at the Wayback Machine. URL accessed on June 14, 2010.
  2. ^ a b Gracie Barra Black Belts. URL accessed on June 14, 2010. Archived June 21, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ a b c Kamon Gracie News >> Maurico Motta Gomes. URL accessed on June 14, 2010. Archived July 30, 2010, at the Wayback Machine

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