Starting with their first academy in 1925 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the Gracie Family is widely regarded and recognized as the original founders of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, a self-defence martial art and combat sport based on grappling and submission holds.
For over three generations, the Gracie Family has been teaching and sharing Gracie Jiu-Jitsu® with the entire world, focusing on skills that utilize leverage, timing, energy efficiency and natural body movements. Students are taught pragmatic techniques that emphasize effective defence, escape, control and submission holds in an egoless, collaborative and safe training environment with one another.
To accommodate the worldwide expansion of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, in 2017, Ryron and Rener Gracie moved the family business to an even larger facility and established “Gracie University®,” to reflect the shift from a single academy to a global organization. Not only is the Torrance location one of the most successful martial arts schools in the world, with over 1,200 students, but it also serves as the global headquarters for hundreds of Certified Training Center (CTC)® and over 200,000 home-study students learning online in 196 countries.