The development of Gracie Barra’s presence in a new territory starts through the work of a leader. Expansion and movement into different territories or areas usually starts with one school, then eventually spreads out to several other locations as students of the originating school decide to follow in the steps of their mentors. This process has been going on since the first Gracie Barra school was founded back in 1986 in Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Depending on how the rules are set and the roles and relationships are defined, the growth can develop into a strong regional presence with multiple schools operating in synergy. Failure to do so can result in disarray, stagnation, and numerous conflicts between schools. To ensure the establishment of rules and support, Master Carlos Gracie Jr. appoints a Regional Director.
Our Regional Directors play a very important role coordinating the implementation of Master Carlos Jr.’s teachings and philosophy for a city, a state, or even on a national level. They manage what we call internally the “Regional Office Operations (ROO)”.
Gracie Barra schools can count on the support of our regional directors in many parts of the world. These Gracie Barra Black Belts are aligned with the vision of Master Carlos Gracie Jr. and can help you progress and operate in line with the guidelines set by Gracie Barra and its founder.