The Gracie Fighters

In November of 1914 Mitsuyo Maeda, one of Judo founder Jigoro Kano’s top students, arrived in Brazil as part of a large Japanese immigration colony. Maeda was able to get himself established with the help of a local business man, Gastão Gracie, and out of gratitude Maeda taught Gastão’s oldest son Carlos Jiu-Jitsu.

Carlos Gracie was interested in the practical application of what he had learned in the “anything goes” environment of the street and refined Maeda’s techniques through numerous challenge matches. Carlos even took out an add in the local paper challenging all comers to fight regardless of their size or physical advantages. At a mere 135 pounds Carlos was able to utilize his technique to overcome all opponents and was never defeated.

Today the Graciefighter Team founded by Cesar Gracie continues the tradition of Jiu-Jitsu founded by Carlos by regularly having students compete at the highest levels of Mixed Martial Arts, submission grappling, and sport Jiu-Jitsu.

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Nick Diaz

MMA fighter and brother

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Cesar Gracie

MMA coach/manager

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Jake Shields

MMA fighter from San Francisco, California

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Gilbert Melendez

MMA fighter Strikeforce champion

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Dave Terrell

MMA fighter from santa rosa, california

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Steve Heath

MMA fighter from Lodi, california

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David Mitchell

MMA fighter from santa rosa, california

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Daniel Roberts

MMA fighter

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Victor Galdon

MMA fighter/cornerman

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Chris QuitiQuit

MMA fighter from Manteca, California

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Damion Douglas

MMA fighter/Teammate from antioch california

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David “Tarzan” Douglas

MMA fighter/Teammate

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Caleb Mitchell

MMA fighter/Teammate

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Josh Thornburg

MMA fighter/teammate

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Randy Spence

MMA fighter and brown belt under Cesar Gracie

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Lucas Gamaza

MMA fighter with 5-2 record. From Lodi, California

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Darin Cooley

Teammate/MMA fighter 5-1 record.

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