Carlson Gracie Jr. - 6th-Degree Black Belt

Carlson Gracie Jr. - 6th-Degree Black Belt

1. Carlson Gracie Jr. Details

Carlson Gracie Jr. Details
Name Carlson Gracie Junior
Nickname “Carlsinho” meaning little Carlson in Portuguese
Date of Birth 27th July, 1969
Nationality Brazilian
Born Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Age 54 Years
College/University Rio de Janeiro State University
Profession Martial Artist
Last Fight 2016
Last Weigh in Peso Pena (Featherweight)
Weight Class Division Featherweight
Height N/A
Career Disclosed Earning N/A
Fought Out of Brazil
Foundational Style Gracie Jiu-Jitsu
Favorite Technique Lasso Guard, Pressure Guard Passing
BJJ Belt Rank 6th-Degree Black Belt
Judo Belt Rank Black Belt 
Carlson’s Judo coach Georges Mehdi
BJJ Belt Awarded by Carlson Gracie Sr.
BJJ Head Coach Carlson Gracie Sr.
Lineage  Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie >Carlson Gracie Sr. > Carlson Gracie Júnior
Team/Association Carlson Gracie Academy

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2. Biography of Carlson Gracie Jr.

Carlson Gracie Jr. a legendary figure of Gracie’s family made remarkable achievements in the world of martial arts. Carlson Gracie Jr. decided to devote his life to the advancement and establishment of Jiu-Jitsu techniques.

2.1. Early Life

Carlson Gracie Jr. “The Prince of Jiu-Jitsu” was born on 27th July 1969, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Carlson Gracie Jr. was privileged of having an ancestral lineage connected to the inception of Jiu-Jitsu. So, he grew up in an environment that imbued him with a sacred passion and love for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He started Jiu-Jitsu training at the age of 3 under the legendary mentorship of his father Carlson Gracie Sr.

2.2. Jiu-Jitsu Career

Carlson Gracie Jr.'s professional career started in the early 1980s under the tutelage of Carlson Gracie Sr.

2.3. Member of Equipe Carlson Gracie

The invaluable guidance of exemplary coaches can propel athletes to the zenith of their sport, and Carlson Gracie Jr. is no exception. His affiliation with the Carlson Gracie team from the start of his career in the 1980s to the 1990s was instrumental in elevating his grappling career to unprecedented heights.

The expert technical skills and extraordinary coaching of Carlson Gracie Sr. served to augment his grappling prowess to excellence.

2.4. Enrolled in Physical Education Degree

In 1987, during his training, Carlson Jr. joined Rio de Janeiro University and enrolled in a Physical Education Degree, completed in 1993.

2.5. Coaching At “The Den of Champions”

Carlson Gracie's coaching career started as a part-time instructor at his father's academy named “The Den of Champions”. While at the Carlson Sr. Academy, he had the opportunity to improve his grappling skills, which boosted his confidence in mastering various grappling techniques.

2.6. Earned Black Belt

The combination of technical expertise and mentorship of grappling icons honed the skills of Carlson Gracie Jr. to a remarkable degree. His dedication and commitment to excellence earned him the Black Belt at the younger age of 22 in 1991. This achievement of Carlson Gracie became a testament to his unwavering dedication to maintaining the legacy of the Gracie family.

2.7. Won National Championships

Just a few months after graduating, he achieved victory in the “Buda Cap” as a Black Belt champion and in the “South American Championship”, further solidifying his name as a skilled and accomplished practitioner of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

2.8. Professional Debut as a Black Belt

In 1995, Carlson Gracie Jr. made his debut against John Lewis in a highly anticipated MMA bout. Despite their impressive skills, the match resulted in a draw. This was due to the rules at the time, which required either a submission, knockout, or judges' decision for a decisive victory. Fighters of this caliber, such as Carlson Gracie Jr. and John Lewis, often resulted in more draws. Nonetheless, their fight remains a memorable and entertaining event for fans of the grappling sport of BJJ.

2.9. Moved to the United States

In 1996, after a successful career as a BJJ practitioner and instructor, Carlson Gracie Jr. moved to Chicago, US. His primary purpose behind relocation is to enhance his English skills. However, his passion for sharing his grappling skills and knowledge of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu soon began to dominate his entire being. So, he dedicated quality time and full attention to coaching and spreading the art of BJJ to the grappling world.

2.10. Carlson Gracie Arrebentacao Competition Team

In addition to coaching and training aspiring grapplers, Carlson Gracie Jr. never left his dedicated Jiu-Jitsu training, and his efforts resulted in him winning 10 BJJ championships during the 1980s and 90s. During this time, he established a team of champions “Carlson Gracie Arrebentacao Competition” that dominated the grappling world. Carlson’s team is committed to the growth of all martial arts and has established its affiliation at North Lakeland, South Lakeland, and Winter Haven.

2.11. Representative of Carlson Gracie Team

In 2006 after the demise of Carlson Gracie Sr. Carlson Gracie Junior worked hard to maintain the legacy of his father’s Academy. He successfully represented Carlson Gracie Team. The proficient coaching and guidance of Carlson Gracie Jr. have been helping to flourish and produce numerous world-class champions and expand its reach beyond Brazil. The relentless approach of Carlson Gracie Jr. to teaching grappling art and sharing his knowledge with young grapplers played a dominant role in the IBJJF ranking. Now, Carlson Gracie Academy is ranked among the top 10 BJJ academies with 313 points.

"What I believe is like the spirit of the fight. Every human being has that it's just not developed. That is a good thing to do because it's good for martial arts and you get stronger. Everybody knows Jiu-Jitsu is a discipline. It's good for education too. It's therapeutic treatment you know everyday so it's great. I guess what my grandfather developed many many years ago was a vision that he had to create a family. We do martial arts and we live a good life so I guess the project he had became a really good thing for all over the world you know."

(Carlson Gracie Jr.)

2.12. Cralson Gracie Jr. Chicago Academy

In 2012, Carlson Gracie Jr. established his own Jiu-Jitsu school in the Windy city where he devoted most of his time to growing elite grapplers within his academy. His exceptional grappling techniques and the elite technical approach to BJJ succeeded him in producing many black belts from the Chicago and neighboring areas.

2.13. Champions of Carlson Gracie Academy

Some of the notable champions of Carlson Gracie Academy are mentioned below:

Champions of Carlson Gracie Academy Belt Rank
Ricardo Liborio 6th-Degree
Amauri Bitetti 7th-Degree
Peixotinho 7th-Degree
Paulo Filho Black belt
Murilo Bustamante 7th-Degree
Ze Mario Sperry 6th-Degree
Cassio Cardoso 7th-Degree
Wallid Ismail Black belt
De La Riva 7th-Degree
Ricardo Arona 4th-Degree
Sergio Bolão 7th-Degree

2.14. Ranked in Greco-Roman Wrestling

Carlson Gracie Jr. was also honored with 6 titles in wrestling that showcased his mastery of technical skills. In recognition of his efforts in martial arts, he ranked and secured an elite spot in the Greco-Roman Wrestling team.

2.15. Legacy of The Great Carlson Gracie Jr.

Carlson Gracie is not only a great leader of the Carlson Gracie Association but also a top ranked athlete in MMA tournaments. Apart from this, his remarkable performance in the grappling ground included the World and Pan American Championships

However, his contributions and efforts to the advancement and evolution of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu especially in Chicago are remarkable.

2.16. Carlson Gracie Jr. Jiu-Jitsu Style

Gracie’s family Jiu-Jitsu style is an embodiment of their sublime efforts and uniqueness in the history of the grappling world. However, Carlson Gracie Jr. maintained the legacy of his family and stapled his name as an aggressive submission grappler across the world of martial arts.

His style is not just about his proficiency in grappling techniques but also a reflection of his dedicated passion for gripping art.

2.17. World Championship 2016

After 18 years of break from the competing ground, Carlson Grcaie Jr. came back on the mat and won the Bronze Medal in the prestigious IBJJF world championship. This was a worth-watching match between Master Carlson Jr. and Joseph Monahan finished by choke submission.

3. Main Achievements of Carlson Gracie Jr.

Throughout his impressive grappling career, Master Carlson Gracie Jr. achieved countless accolades that solidified his name as one of the legendary pioneers of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Starting from his professional career as a white belt, Carlson Gracie Jr. demonstrated outstanding technical skills and unwavering dedication helped him in winning multiple tournaments.

As he progressed to the coveted belt ranks, he continued to grow, culminating in his incredible grappling record. An elite head instructor of the Carlson Gracie team. His fierce determination and an unparalleled approach to gripping art made him a remarkable BJJ and MMA figure.

Photo Credit: @CarlsonGracie

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