• the history of Gracie barra

    our founder: master carlos gracie jr.

    the gracie family

    Carlos Gracie Jr. was born in January 17, 1956 and grew up heavily influenced by his family of fighters. In close sync with the life philosophy and teachings of his father Carlos Gracie Sr., "Carlinhos" as he’s known to friends and family, grew up observing and learning from some of the most influential figures his family has ever produced: Carlos Gracie Sr., Helio Gracie and Rolls Gracie.

     

    In 1986, Carlos Gracie Jr. founded the first Gracie Barra school, in the city of Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro. From that one location, he created the most expansive BJJ organization in the world, with offices in the USA, Brazil, Australia and Europe. Gracie Barra now operates over 600 schools around the globe.

    Gracie Barra Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

    Gracie Barra Princeton provides Brazilian jiu-jitsu instruction in a structured environment, following the Gracie Barra Code of Conduct and Gracie Barra Etiquette. Our school provides Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu programs, which are fit for students of all different knowledge levels.

    We offer both private and group classes that focus on character growth and self improvement, and we believe that the techniques and values learned in our programs can better your life, on and off the mats.

  • Our Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Instructors

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    Professor Nick "Turtle" Manela

    Chief Instructor - GB Princeton

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    coach Wojtek Ratkiewicz

    Chief Instructor - GB North Princeton

    Coach John Wilpert

    Instructor

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    Coach STarla Rocco

    Assistant Instructor

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    Coach Veronica Chmiel

    Assistant Instructor

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    Coach Mike Leonardi

    Instructor/Program Director

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