Rodrigo Gracie was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He was raised in the legendary Gracie family and began training when he was only 4 years old. At the age of 7, he began competing. Rodrigo began teaching Jiu-Jitsu at the age of 14 and was awarded the black belt at the age of 18 under his father.
Rodrigo Gracie is the young lion of the Gracie clan, an international sensation since he burst on the scene in 2002 with a stunning victory in Pride, one of the most important events in the Ultimate Fighting world. He is the grandson of the legendary Grandmaster Carlos Gracie, the older brother of Grandmaster Helio Gracie.
Rodrigo is a 2-time Pride Champion, a K-1 Champion, and an Abu-Dhabi Combat Club World Wrestling Champions, which is the most prominent submission grappling tournament in the world. He has defeated the likes of Carlos Newton, Genki Sudo, Karim Barklaey, Daiju Takase, Yuki Sasaki, Kiuma Kunioku, and Hayato Sakurai. Rodrigo’s string of victories in Japan has made him one of the major draws in mixed martial arts, fighting before tens of thousands of spectators with a nearly perfect record and with unlimited potential, Rodrigo is fast becoming the next Jiu-Jitsu superstar.
Rodrigo has defeated some of the world’s best fighters and grapplers. Rodrigo is one of the world’s best instructors in submission grappling, mixed martial arts, and self-defense. He is a true Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu master, and after training with his father Reylson Gracie, he moved on to train and work with his cousin Renzo Gracie in New York.
In 2005, he moved to Torrance, California to start training with his cousin Royce Gracie and work and train with Royce Gracie’s students, including Sam Marcellini. He is an instructor at Marcellini’s Martial Arts Academy and teaches at this facility every month.
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