Grand Master Carlos Gracie
Carlos Gracie was possibly the single most important figure Brazilian Jiu Jitsu history as he was the very first Gracie contact with the roots of BJJ (Japanese Jiu Jitsu). He helped develop Brazilian jiu-jitsu based on knowledge from Mitsuyo Maeda, and is widely considered to be the martial-arts patriarch of the Gracie family. He acquired his knowledge of Jiu-Jitsu by studying in Belem under Maeda and his students. As he taught the techniques to his brothers, he created a martial arts family with Hélio and with other members of the Gracie family who provided key contributions to the style.
Carlson Gracie Sr.
Son of Gracie Jiu Jitsu Founder Carlos Gracie. He was a top competitor in No Holds Barred/Vale Tudo matches during the 1950’s and 1960’s era. He was also one of the finest Jiu Jitsu coaches to have ever lived. Carlson Gracie will always be remembered as a warm hearted person who made history in the sport and as one of the greatest masters to have ever lived.
Francisco "Toco" Albuquerque
Black belt under the prestigious teachings of Carlson Gracie Sr. himself in the streets of Rio during 1996. He is now an active fifth degree black belt with over 100 black belt students under his name. The sole founder of Nova Geração which now reigns supreme throughout both the Americas and Europe. Master Toco strives to pass forward the traditional values that come with learning Jiu-Jitsu.