Carlson Gracie Jr returning to Indianapolis for Jiu Jitsu
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Carlson Gracie Jr
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Carlson Gracie Jr demonstrating a technique during his last visit in 2013
Carlson Gracie Jr. was born in the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on July 27, 1969. He is the third child and only son of the legendary Grand Master Carlson Gracie, Sr. and the grandson of the founder of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) Carlos Gracie. He started BJJ at the age of three under the direction of his father. Junior, as he is affectionately known to his family and friends, attended the Rio de Janeiro State University, where he obtained a Physical Education degree in 1993. Junior was nicknamed “El Principe de Jiu-Jitsu” or “The Prince of Jiu-Jitsu” and is a practitioner of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and a member of the Gracie family.
Carlson Junior holds a 5th Degree Black Belt in BJJ and a Black Belt in Judo under the famous Brazilian Judo Master, Georges Mehdi. In addition, Junior was also ranked in Greco-Roman Wrestling and earned a spot on a Brazilian Greco-Roman team that competed throughout South America. Junior won 6 titles as a Greco-Roman wrestler.
Carlson taught at his father’s school in Rio de Janeiro before moving to the United States. The original Carlson Gracie School produced many students whom excelled in BJJ and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) or Vale Tudo. The school was known as “The Den of Champions” due to the numerous amount of champions that the school produced. Not only did Junior teach at the school but he was also one of the champions. He won 10 titles in BJJ and helped train multiple champions that made up the Carlson Gracie Arrebentação Competition Team that dominated the BBJ scene in the 80′s and 90′s.
Junior spends most of his time at his newly opened school (November 2012) in Chicago. In addition, due to overwhelming demand, Junior travels around the world, hosting seminars that support the growth of BJJ and provides BJJ practitioners the opportunity to learn from one of the most knowledgeable instructors in the history of BJJ. The Carlson Gracie Academy was the first BJJ school in the Chicago-area and has produced more black belt students in the Chicago-area than any other school, ensuring continued success for the Carlson Gracie Team. Carlson’s students include law enforcement officers, military personnel, professional and amateur MMA fighters, working professionals, students, women, and children.