There are no shortcuts in learning Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, so you can’t waste any minute with the wrong techniques or unqualified instructors. Knowing that, Gracie Barra Texas offers highly trained and certified instructors teaching off an unique system of curriculums tailored for different ages and BJJ experience levels. From self-defense to competition training, from white belt to black belt, from 4 years old and older, Gracie Barra has your back.
Head ProfessorVinicius "Draculino" Magalhaes6th Degree Black Belt
Professor Vinicius Draculino Magalhaes is the head instructor of Gracie Barra Texas and Gracie Barra – BH Schools. Prof. Draculino‘s personality, enthusiasm, integrity, charisma and leadership make the essence of GB Texas and GBBH and touch all those around him. A great competition background in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Submission Wrestling and MMA qualifies him as one of the best featherweight competitors in BJJ history. He holds many titles such as: a 4-time Pan American Champion, 1 time no gi pan American champion- 2008, 2 Times Brazilian national champion, 2 Times Silver medalist at the world BJJ championships, MMA lightweight champion in Brazil, Strike Force Feather weight Winner and Abu-Dhabi veteran.
Besides these titles held as a competitor and fighter, Professor Vinicius is considered one of the best instructors in the BJJ world. Among his students, you will find world champions, Pan Ams, national BJJ champions, more than 500 Black Belts, MMA and Grappling champions spread all over the World. Professor Vinicius is also a Lawyer in Brazil and graduated from the UFRJ (Federal University of Rio De Janeiro) which is one of the top three Law schools in the country.
With more than 30 years of teaching experience, he is a primary example of a man who is fully dedicating his life to his children, his wife, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Gracie Barra and its members. “I joined GB because some of my childhood friends were training there and I saw how confident, fit and brave they became.,” Draculino said. “The family atmosphere of the school was at is amazing. I have my blood family and my Gracie Barra family!
You can count that Professor Draculino will be by your side. This is a life long Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu journey and he is here to help in any way he can.
ProfessorBrandon Mullins 4th Degree Black Belt
Professor Brandon Mullins has been training Brazilian Jiu-jitsu for over 21 years and earned his black belt in 2006. Professor Brandon began competing in the 8thgrade after his father enrolled him in a wrestling class, he moved on to Judo after high school and eventually found Brazilian Jiu-jitsu while attending college. In 2000, Professor Brandon met Professor Draculino for the first time at a seminar in Lubbock, Tx. He began working at Gracie Barra Texas in 2010.
Professor Brandon has trained, taught, and competed all over the world. He began teaching full time as a purple belt and has over 15 years teaching experience. He has lived in both Brazil and Japan while pursuing his goals in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. In addition to many competition titles, he has also been the feature instructor in 2 Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Instructional DVD sets and recently authored a technical book about the techniques and strategies he used throughout his competition career.
Professor Brandon continues to be a student of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and is committed to guiding the students of Gracie Barra Texas on and off the mats. He is passionate about sharing the knowledge that he has gained over the years and helping everyone achieve their personal goals.
Major Accomplishments at Black belt:
· 2014 World Masters Champion (IBJJF)
· 2013 European Champion (IBJJF)
· 2011 No-Gi World Champion (IBJJF)
· 2010 No-Gi World Champion (IBJJF)
· 2010 U.S. Open Champion
· 2009 No-Gi Pan American Champion (IBJJF)
· 3x Texas State Champion
ProfessorRoberto Rivas1st Degree Black Belt & Head Kids Professor
He started training Jiu Jitsu in college back in 2010. He started by taking a P.E. class called Boxing. The instructor saw and he enjoyed it and made him aware of a grappling club on a different campus, said he might like it and encouraged him to go. After attending one class he was hooked and even though the club only met once a week, he never missed. Not long after that he brought his little brother along who was 16 at the time. Before they knew it, they had taken over their mom’s garage with mats everywhere, training anytime they could.
What brought him to Gracie Barra was his first Coach, Omar. He learned that he signed up at the local Gracie Barra in Webster so he had to follow. Coming into GB was an awesome experience, everyone was friendly and welcoming. At the same time everyone took training seriously, his new teammates were tough, technical and did not let him slack off. He felt right at home, trying to absorb as much information He could from Prof Draculino and Prof Brandon Mullins.
A few years later Roberto was hired on to work the front desk of the school. About 6 months after that he began assisting Prof Draculno with the kids’ classes. He was thrilled to be asked to help. First the little ones, then a bit later the Juniors and Teens. “I always enjoyed teaching, it is definitely a passion of mine. I always thought I would end up being a football coach when he was younger. I am now the Head Instructor for the Kids program, and I am incredibly fortunate to have the position I have. Helping kids gain confidence, strength, and resiliency through this wonderful art we call Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.”
ProfessorAndressa Cintra1st Degree Black Belt
Professor Andressa Cintra started training in 2010, when she was 15yo in a small city on South of Brazil. At the time, she was the only girl on the mat. She was already athletic but not disciplined at all. Jiu-jitsu gave her more than a purpose, it changed her life to better in every way possible.
Don’t think it was easy for her, she remembers that was the most challenging exercise she ever did, and that made her even more interested in learning Jiu-jitsu.
Nowadays, Andressa is one of the best female black belts in the world, collecting titles like:
4x World Champion (3x color belts and 1x Black Belt)
Pan American Champion (Black Belt)
4x Brazilian National Champion (color belts)
4x South American Champion (color belts)
American National (Black Belt)
Professor Andressa is one of the professors at Gracie Barra Texas, you can find her teaching the adults and youth competition team, teaching with passion the art that changed her life for better.
ProfessorLucas Valente1st Degree Black Belt
Professor Lucas Valente started training when he was a little kid, throught the influence of his uncles who were already long time students under Draculino.
Since his childhood , Valente had contact with some of the best fighters in the country and in the world at that time, which started to develop his jiu jitsu and seeded his dream of one day becoming a professional jiu jitsu fighter.
After a very succesful career in the colored belts, winning some of the most important titles on the planet, around the same time he started coaching.
Already living in USA ,Lucas got his black belt and became one of the best ranked black belts in the world at the adult level, being one of the biggest names in the lightweight division.
Alongside his competitive career he has a huge passion for teaching, and made two BJJ Instructionals which became best sellers, he is commited to help bring the best out of our students and teammates day after day.
ProfessorRicardo RivasBlack Belt
He first started training Jiu Jitsu at around 16 years old but he didn’t really know what he was doing, he just learned cool stuff from some friends.
His brother and him would wrestler around the house without knowing what they were doing but then his brother started taking classes at the local college. Once his brother did that he started to beat him up every time they trained so Ricardo knew he had to join. From that point on they continued their education and enrolled at Gracie Barra with Professor Draculino and began to train any time they could. Professor Draculino got to know them really well during that time and most importantly began to trust them with some responsibilities around the school. As they continued to progress in rank, their responsibilities grew to the point that they are at now.
“Being an instructor at this academy is a blessing and one of the best parts about it all is getting to know all of the students that continue to come in.”
IBJJF Pans No Gi medalist 2017
IBJJF Pans No Gi medalist 2018
Amateur MMA record 2 – 1
Professor Juliana LimaBlack Belt & Former UFC Fighter
Juliana de Lima Carneiro is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner and mixed martial artist. She has fought for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC)and is currently signed to Invicta Fighting Championships.
Lima began her professional MMA career in 2010 in her native Brazil. In the first three years of her career, she went undefeated with a record of 5 wins and no losses. She has also competed in Muay Thai fight and jiu-jitsu tournaments.
She started training because of her older brother who was already training Jiu-Jitsu back in 1992 and he used to take some video tapes to watch UFC 1, 2, 3 .. Pride and she was used to watched with him and some of his friends and also because of the movies with Balboa and Karate Kid
“My passion for teaching and knowing that I can transmit all knowledge and experience to people, there is nothing more rewarding than passing on the acquired knowledge.”
KruDavid NavarroHead Muay Thai Coach
Coach David started training Muay Thai about 4 years ago. Never intending on becoming a fighter or a coach but the opportunities just kind of presented themselves and he was more than happy to rise to the occasion.
He’s competed in amateur Boxing, Kickboxing, and Muay Thai fights and tournaments such as Golden Gloves and the USMTO.
He’s now the head Muay Thai instructor here at Gracie Barra Texas as well as an assistant coach for the kids Jiu-Jitsu.
You can count that Kru David will be by your side. This is a life long Muay Thai journey and he is here to help in any way he can.
"There's no losing in Jiu-Jitsu. You either win or you learn."
- Carlos Gracie Jr., Gracie Barra Founder
"The biggest lesson I learned from Jiu-Jitsu was to truly know myself."
- Carlos Gracie Sr.
We designed this school thinking about you. Feel the safety of practicing over an intricate system of FUJI mats. Enjoy the cleanliness of a rigorous schedule of disinfection. And experience the authenticity of the martial art from a team straight from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Amenities at the Studio:
- Huge patrolled parking lot
- Reception Area
- Pro Shop
- 2 Changing Areas for Men and Women
- 2 Large Training Areas
- MMA training cage
- Heavy bags/pads/mitts/weights
- Cold Drinks Available
- Water Fountain
- Private Sessions
- Two offices
- Cable TV and more!
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