Gracie Barra was founded in 1986. Over the years we grew from one single martial arts school to almost 400 locations in the 5 continents. Our founder, Master Carlos Gracie Jr., mentored and inspired several generations of Jiu-Jitsu fighters and instructors to work together on the dream bringing Jiu-Jitsu for Everyone.
These man and women are the outcome of many years of training and dedication to the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. They now hold the noble title of Gracie Barra Black Belt and continue to pay an active role inside the GB family. some of them have become BJJ Champions, others have moved away from their homes to keep our legacy alive a Jiu-Jitsu school. Many others continue to be students enjoyong a lifestyle of good habits, commitment to personal growth and lots of training.
Gracie Barra Association awards all Gracie Barra Black Belts with a certificate of honor, recognizing their rank and achievements. Also recently the Gracie Barra Legacy Award was created by Master Carlos Gracie Jr. as recognition for the loyalty, support, commitment, and hard work of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu professors who have been working to build Gracie Barra for 25 years or more.
Each one of these individuals have placed an enormous contribution not only to GB, but to the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as competitors, instructors and leaders.