- Full Name: Cesar Gracie
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Robson Gracie, a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Red Belt Master and also the son of Carlos Gracie, graded Cesar Gracie as a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt. He is also the owner of one of the most successful gyms in the world that specialize in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts. Most of his adolescent life was spent between the United States of America and Brazil, until he eventually settled in the United States in the 1990’s. He then opened this academy in Pleasant Hill, California which is now frequented by celebrities such as the Diaz brothers, David Terell and many other highly ranked mixed martial arts professionals that compete in the Strikeforce and Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a self defense system that concentrates on ground fighting and grappling. It is predominantly martial arts combined with combat sport and is especially popular with people who want to be able to defend themselves against bigger and more aggressive assailants. The emphasis is placed on the fact that a smaller and weaker person can actually defend them self against a stronger assailant by tackling them to the ground and using choke holds and a series of joint locks. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu was established in the year 1882 and is more than just martial arts. It is a sport that was designed to create and maintain physical fitness, build confidence in young people and ultimately become a way of life.
Cesar was born in the year 1966 and raised by his mother’s side of the family, as his parents separated when he was just a toddler. Jiu Jitsu was a normal part of his life, growing up. Cesar traveled back and forth between the USA and Brazil since 1972, until he decided to permanently settle in the States in the 1990’s. When he returned to the US, Cesar spent some time training at the Gracie academy, mainly with Rorion Gracie, who also founded the academy in California. He received his black belt in the year 1992 by his uncle, who is Robson Gracie.
In the early 1900’s, Cesar motivated and encouraged the move of the Machado brothers to the Northern Hemisphere, subsequently helping them open up an academy in the Redondo Beach area. He later moved to Northern California, where he opened yet another academy, where his cousin Ralph Gracie worked with him. A usual occurrence was the closed doors, no holds, barred events that he himself participated in, some of the time.
Cesar made his professional Mixed Martial Arts debut at the age of 40 and his record was 14-0. In 2006, March, he lost a fight against Mixed Martial Arts veteran, Frank Shamrock. This was done by first round Knock Out.