The Gracie Barra School of Encinitas was founded in Aug 2005. Our school is the result of the efforts of Prof. Nelson Monteiro, a 6th Degree Black Belt and Prof. Rafael Ramos, a 4th Degree Black Belt both under Master Carlos Gracie Jr.
We offer world-class level Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instruction for individuals, families, and Law Enforcement officials of North San Diego County and is a reference for fitness, character development, self-defense, martial art, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training for the communities of Encinitas, Rancho Santa Fe, Solana Beach, Cardiff and La Costa.
The Gracie Barra Encinitas classes are aligned with the Gracie Barra Program Structure developed by Master Carlos Gracie Jr. to meet specific learning needs from people with different ages, gender and levels. Our clean, friendly, and progress oriented environment allows the students to have a challenging, inspirational, and warm learning and training experience that always make them feel like coming back.
Gracie Barra is for anyone who values discipline, wellness, martial art, respect, and is looking for a well balanced life-style. It doesn’t matter if you are a person with no training background that wants to loose weight or learn self-defense, a busy business man looking for a stress relieving activity, a parent searching for an something to complement the education of your kids, or a experienced martial artist aiming for the further development of your fighting skills, come to the school.
We are sure you will find at our school an exciting and challenging place that will allow you to achieve your goals.
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Professor 1st Degree Black Belt Matt Smith
ICP4, ICP5, ICP6, CPR
I’m a life long Martial artist.I have practiced Taekwondo for 30 years but there are no techniques on the ground in that style. So BJJ has allowed me to “fill the gap” in my own training. I have been teaching TKD for 20 years and the teaching methodology I use has transferred well to BJJ. …
Professor 4th Degree Black Belt Rafael Ramos
ICP4, ICP5, ICP6, ICP6_Revisited, CPR
Professor Rafael started training at the age of 13 , under legendary Master Carlos Gracie Jr. at the original Gracie Barra School in Rio de Janeiro , Brazil. Under Master Carlos tutelage Rafaelʼs extensive knowledge of the “gentle art” was formed at the same mats of the best BJJ instructors and fighters ever known. As …
Professor 6th Degree Black Belt Nelson Monteiro
ICP4, ICP5, ICP6, CPR
Professor Nelson Monteiro was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, the birthplace of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He started training when he was 13 years old under the direct tutelage of Master Carlos Gracie Jr. at the world-renowned Gracie Barra Academy. With unrivalled dedication, Professor Monteiro trained diligently until he was awarded the black belt in …