Carley Gracie

Carley Gracie, lion of the Gracie family of Brazil, practices and teaches the unique martial art known as the Brazilian or Gracie Styleof Jiu-Jitsu. The Gracie Style is recognized to be the most effective fighting art in the world today.

Carley's achievements are legendary in the Gracie family. He was Brazilian professional national champion from 1969 through 1972 in both Sport Jiu-Jitsu and Vale Tudo ("everything goes"), and received his seventh degree black belt at the unprecedented age of twenty-two. His professional record is unparalleled within the Gracie family. Known in Brazil as O Indestrutível (" the indestructible one"), he could break up a dispute among Gracies by simply offering to join in the fray. Carley Gracie is still the only member of his generation who has never been defeated in any match, public or private, not even within the Gracie family!

Professor Carley Gracie currently holds an official eighth degree "black and red" belt ranking from the Federação of Jiu-Jitsu of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He is recognized to be one of the most technical practitioners in the Gracie family. He came to the United States in late 1972 and was the first member of the Gracie family to teach the Gracie Style in the United States. He is a patient teacher, skilled in explaining the concepts underlying the techniques that make the Gracie Style so effective.

Carley Gracie teaches in Northern California and conducts seminars throughout the world.

He can be reached through the Carley Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy:


Training Location:


90 Welsh St.
San Francisco
between Bryant & Brannan)

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