Master Royler Gracie
Royler Gracie has been fighting all of his life. Born into the famous Gracie family, the fifth son of Grandmaster Helio Gracie was already learning the art of Brazilian Jiu- Jitsu at the tender age of 3. Spending most of his time in the Academy training and learning Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, it was natural that Royler became a fighter. He started early (7 years old) as a junior, competing as often as possible and winning most of the events. As he matured into a teenager and his technique improved, he continued fighting tournaments. At the age of 21 years old, Royler had his first taste of No Holds Barred competition. One day, while teaching a class at the Gracie Academy in Rio de Janeiro, Royler was informed by his brother Rickson that he would be fighting the next morning. The opponent was to be a Luta-livre fighter that outweighed him by more than 15 pounds and had many NHB matches under his belt. The next morning Royler fought in his first NHB match, which lasted 55 minutes and ended up in a draw. Royler continued to excel in his ventures; in the first World BJJ Championship in 1996 Royler became the first World Champion at his weight and then went on to dominate the weight class as the repeating champion for the next three years, beating some of the best fighters of the time. Royler also managed to win two Pan American titles and a Brazilian National Title along the way. Royler didn't seek the protection of his weight division; the warrior would seek to compete in the realm of the giants: The Absolute Division. Having secured a 3rd Place finish in '97, (after winning 4 matches in his weight), he had three more matches against some of the best fighters of the time. Royler continued to compete in submission grappling, winning an unprecedented 3 consecutive ADCC World Submission Wrestling Championships ('99, '00 & '01) as well as NHB matches, having participated in Vale - Tudo Japan and Pride events. In December of 2000 Royler made his first foray competing in America outside of BJJ when he participated in the main feature Superfight of the International Pro - Am. Royler won that Match in less than a minute with a foot- lock.
Much the same as his competition record, his instructional achievements are truly astounding. A dedicated teacher and role model who follows in the footsteps of his father Grandmaster Helio Gracie -widely acknowledged as the founder of Gracie Jiu- Jitsu - Royler has created many champion competitors over decades of teaching. Royler took over as the leader of the original and world famous, Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy, the Rio de Janeiro Academy and over the years, has maintained the highest standards of teaching.
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REGIS LEBRE - 4th Degree Black Belt
Regis Lebre began training in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu under Master Eduardo Rocha (a student of Royler Gracie) at Fortaleza-CE. As he trained Regis developed the passion and desire to learn more about this secular art. Therefore, at the age of 20, he decided to move to Rio de Janeiro to have the great privilege of being trained and educated by Master Royler Gracie himself. Along with his training, he was able to receive knowledge of teaching the Gracie Jiu-jitsu Art, Gracie Self Defense Course and Gracie Competition techniques. Regis received the honor of the Black Belt from Master Royler Gracie at the age of 24. The following year, Regis decided to come to the U.S in order to spread the knowledge he had acquired throughout the years, and chose Philadelphia for 8 year, where he was able to build a strong team with champions in many different categories. Regis still had more to offer in disseminating the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Art. With that in mind, he chose San Diego as his next step because of its proximity to the world’s major competitive events so the Academy would become a common spot for students around the world to stop. He remains the head instructor at Gracie Philadelphia and visits several times a year, maintaining a strong and respected team on both coasts of the U.S.
Regis Lebre Competitive Background:
Rio de Janeiro State Championship titles 1st Place - 1998, 1999, 2000
Brazilian Nationals Championship Titles 3rd Place - 1998, 1999, 2000
World Championship Titles 1st Place - 2007 (Master Divison); 2nd Place- 2008; 3rd Place - 1999
Gracie World Championship Titles 1st Place(columbus - OH) 1st Place - 2007
Brazilian Nationals Team Championship 2nd Place - 1999
Brazilian Regional North and Northeast Championship 1st Place - 1997, 1998
Pan American Championship 1st Place - 2009; 2nd Palce - 2007 (open Class); 3rd Place - 2005, 2007
Pan American Championship 2nd Place - 2016
American National Championship 2nd Place - 2016
Vegas International Open Championship 1st Place - 2016
At GRACIE LA MESA, we empower any student with the necessary tools to achieve their goals whether they are training for physical fitness, self-defense, recreation, or to become a champion competitor. We seek to train the body, mind and spirit by teaching the highest level of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in a positive and safe enviroment.
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Definition of BJJ
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Gracie Jiu Jitsu: a martial art and self-defense system, that focuses on the use of grappling and ground combat techniques rather than striking in order to overcome opponents of greater size, strength and aggression. The Gracie family originated the highly popular Brazilian style of martial arts nearly a century ago. Gracie Jiu Jitsu is considered a fundamental component of MMA (mixed martial arts) and self-defense. It is the highest standard world-wide to which all others are compared.