Professor Braulio 'Carcará' Estima


Full Name: Braulio de Oliveira Estima

Main Achievements:

5x European Championships 

1x Pan American Championship in the 94 kg division 

3x ADCC gold medals 

3x World Championship Gold Medals 

1x World Cup Gold Medal

2x Nogi Pan American Championships in both the 91.5 kg and absolute divisions 

Nickname: Carcará is the name of a bird that inhabits the region where Braulio was raised. It was also the name of a brand of Jiu-Jitsu kimono-gis that Braulio used to wear (a brand now discontinued), which is why his teammates began calling him “Carcara”.

Lineage: Carlos Gracie Sr. > Helio Gracie > Carlos Gracie Jr > Braulio Estima

Weight Division: Meio Pesado (88kg-194lbs)

Favourite Position/Technique: Triangle/Open Guard.

Association/Team: Gracie Barra Academy

Braulio de Oliveira Estima is a 4th-degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He received his black belt from Carlos Gracie Jr. on January 4, 2004. Throughout his grappling career, he has won in many Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournaments across the world, such as the Mundials, ADCC, Pan American Championship, and European Championship.

His long list of accomplishments has made him well respected among other Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioners, such that some consider him one of the top Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioners in the world and one of the Head Coaches for Gracie Barra UK, specifically Graci Barra Birmingham.

Braulio “Carcará” Estima is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt World Champion and an ADCC open weight & super fight champion. Considered by most, one of the top Jiu-Jitsu competitors of the 2000s era, Braulio Estima collected trophies throughout his grappling career, both as a fighter and as an instructor. In recent years Braulio has slowed down on his competitive appearances. 

Braulio is the older brother of another great Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu talent, Victor Estima.

'The Estima Lock'

The Estima Lock is a toe hold, mechanically speaking. It is a rotational submission that involves trapping the opponent’s foot with your torso and arms, causing devastating damage to all the ligaments in the ankle joint.

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