Belt Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie Sr. > Helio Gracie > Carlos Gracie Junior> Joe Hurst > Michael Allen ( awarded Black belt 2014, Brown belt 2013, Purple Belt 2007, Blue Belt 2002, Started 2001)
Carlos Gracie Sr
Carlos Gracie was the visionary that founded the very first Gracie Jiu Jitsu academy, a martial arts gym Carlos managed with the help of his brothers, Oswaldo, Gastão, George and Helio Gracie. The group of brothers would break the conventions of what were the accepted fighting styles, challenging fighters from a variety of martial arts backgrounds to advertise themselves and to improve their technical abilities. Carlos Gracie reached the “Decimo Grau” (10th degree in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu) a degree only given to the founders of the gentle art.
Helio Gracie was a 9th degree red belt and arguably the most important figure in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu‘s history. One of the first Gracie Jiu Jitsu representatives in the 1930’s and 1940’s he was also the father and master of many fighters who carried the name of his family’s trade to martial arts’ mainstream in the early 1990’s, competitors such as Royler, Rickson or Royce Gracie. His lineage and legacy are among the strongest in Jiu Jitsu and he is regarded as one of the fathers of the Brazilian grappling art.
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Rolls Gracie was one of the most important members of the Gracie family, being the family’s champion in the 1970’s, considered to be the father of modern day jiu jitsu through his ideas on cross training in different martial arts. Rolls is arguably the most influential figure in the history of the sport, having affected most of the following generations in jiu jitsu, including great practitioners such as “Carlinhos” Gracie (founder of Gracie-Barra), Rickson Gracie (BJJ legend), Royce Gracie (UFC Hall of Fame), Romero Cavalcanti (Founder of Alliance BJJ team) and many others.
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Romero Jacare Cavalcanti
Romero “Jacare” Cavalcanti is one of the best instructors in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu history, having coached hundreds of fighters and produced some of the best the world has seen in Grappling, including Fabio Gurgel, Alexandre Paiva, Leonardo Vieira, Ricardo Vieira, Rodrigo “Comprido”, to name a few. One of the founding fathers of the Alliance academy, Romero Cavalcanti moved to the United States from his native Brazil in 1995, where grew the team. Jacare was also awarded the “On The Mat” Instructor of the Year award in 2009.
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Leonardo Vieira, also known as Leozinho or simply Leo Vieira, is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt under Romero Cavalcanti, being famous for combining one of the most eye pleasing games in BJJ with an amazing track record. Leo Vieira was also the co-founder of important teams such as Brasa Clube de Jiu Jitsu and Checkmat BJJ, becoming in the process one of grappling’s most important coaches by developing athletes such as Marcus Almeida ‘Buchecha’, Lucas Leite, João Assis and many others. Leozinho is also one of the Top BJJ Competitors of All Time by BJJ Heroes.
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Joe Hurst is a fourth degree Black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He presented our instructor, Michael Allen with all of his belts from white to Black. Joe has been instrumental in bringing and growing Jiu Jitsu in the North Carolina and southeastern United States. Currently instructs at the Myrmidon Martial Arts Academy Salisbury, NC.