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Professor Crosley Gracie, Martial Arts Instructor

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Professor Crosley Gracie

Crosley Gracie was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, son of Rosley Gracie and grandson of founder of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, Carlos Gracie. He began training in 1988 with uncle Reylson Gracie. A few years later, Crosley’s family relocated, making it difficult to further his training where he started, in 1992, Crosley began training under another uncle’s supervision, Carlson Gracie. Late that year, Crosley entered his first competition, winning his first ever Jiu-Jitsu match by triangle choke.

Crosley continued his training throughout the 90’s in Brazil, training under various Black Belts from the Carlson Gracie team, participating and winning several tournaments, including the Brazilian Nationals (SLBJJ) and the first European Jiu-Jitsu Championships, organized by SLBJJ. In 1999, Crosley moved to U.S.A. to further improve his fighting and teaching skills by studying Wrestling, Boxing and Muay Thai.

In 2003, Professor Crosley was awarded his Black Belt by cousin Ralph Gracie and made his professional debut in MMA defeating the experienced Pancrase Welterweight Champion, (29-13-7) from Japan, in a non-title bout, by unanimous decision at the Pancrase 10th Anniversary Event in Tokyo, Japan.

In his second appearance in Mixed Martial Arts competition, at Pride Bushido 5, also in Japan, Crosley went 2-0 with a submission win against highly regarded ring veteran, Hayato Sakurai (35-9-2), considered to be one of the best and most exciting welterweight fighters in the world, who was never submitted in competition before.

In 2005, Professor Crosley Gracie opened a 7000 sq/ft. facility in Northern California and continues to pass along to others all the knowledge and experience acquired over 30 years of training in combat sports, and athletics. Crosley last competition was a gold medal the 2010 No Gi Jiu-Jitsu Worlds in the Masters division, after a 4 year lay off from competition.

Crosley is now focused on dedicating all his time in raising his daughter, teaching and operating Crosley Gracie Jiu-Jitsu’s Brentwood and Napa schools. Such commitment to the community has earned the Brentwood Academy the “Best of Brentwood Reader's Poll Award” for the past nine consecutive years.

"My mission is to provide my students a clean, respectful and disciplined place for Martial Arts training where they can express themselves, explore and improve their physical, mental and spiritual health. By my family's training traditions and beliefs, I strive to introduce them all, the key elements for an improved and healthier lifestyle to help maintain an excellent quality of life.                                                           

As a third generation of Martial Arts academy owner and fighters, combat sports have always been a part of my in life. In my martial arts career, I've come across, trained and learned from the best in the industry. Through training, I've been exposed and interacted with members from all social classes of society, enabling me to experience the powerful and positive influence martial arts training has had in many people’s lives. 

All the time spent in my youth observing, training with and learning from legendary fighters including members of my own family, were invaluable to me. This privilege, in addition to my own training and competition experiences, enables me to select the most efficient training methods to anyone who walks into our gym, men, women and children of all ages. " 

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