Master Carlos 'Carlinhos' Gracie Júnior


Full Name: Carlson Gracie Júnior

Main Achievements:

* Head Coach of Carlson Gracie Academy

* Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu 6th-degree black belt

* Judo black belt

* 6x Greco-Roman Wrestling titles

Nicknames: “Carlsinho” meaning "Little Carlson" in Portuguese.

“El Principe de Jiu-Jitsu” meaning “The Prince of Jiu -Jitsu” in Portuguese.

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Carlson Gracie Sr. > Carlson Gracie Jr.

Favourite Position/Technique: Lasso Guard, Pressure Guard Passing

Weight Division: Peso Pena (featherweight)

Team/Association: Carlson Gracie Academy


Carlson Gracie Junior is a 6th-degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under his father, Carlson Gracie (Senior), and is also the Head Representative of the Carlson Gracie Association, as well as the head coach of the Carlson Gracie Academy in Chicago, Illinois having moved there from Rio de Janeiro in 1996.

Carlson Junior is also a black belt in Judo under the famous Brazilian Judo master, Georges Mehdi. Additionally, Junior was also ranked in Greco-Roman Wrestling and earned a spot on a Brazilian Greco-Roman team that competed across South America.

Whilst earning many BJJ titles, Junior also won 6 titles as a Greco-Roman wrestler at the same time.

Carlson taught at his father's school in Rio de Janeiro before moving to the United States. The Carlson Gracie schools produced countless students who excelled in Jiu-Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) or Vale Tudo.

Carlson Gracie Jr. was born in the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on July 27, 1969, being the third child and only male offspring of the legendary Grand Master Carlson Gracie Sr. and the grandson of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) founder Carlos Gracie Sr.

He started BJJ at the age of 3, under his father's direction. Carlson Senior and Junior worked side by side for many years, until the passing of the great Master in 2006. From there on, Junior took the lead of the Carlson Gracie Academy.


"There is no reward without sacrifice."

"If you want to be a lion, you must train with lions."

Did You Know?

His Father, Carlson Gracie Senior's school, the Carlson Gracie Academy, originally featured a rooster in its logo:

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