Professor Crosley Gracie
Crosley Gracie was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, son of Rosley Gracie and grandson of the 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 90s in Brazil, training under various Black Belts from the Carlson Gracie team, participating in and winning several tournaments, including the Brazilian Nationals (SLBJJ) and the first European Jiu-Jitsu Championships, organized by SLBJJ. In 1999, Crosley moved to the
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.
Crosley is now focused on dedicating all his time to raising his daughter, operating and teaching classes at Crosley Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. Such commitment to the community has earned Crosley Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy the “Best of Brentwood Reader's Poll Award” since 2009.
"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. Through my family's training traditions and beliefs, I strive to introduce them to all the key elements
All the time spent in my youth observing, training with, and learning from legendary fighters, including members of my own family, was invaluable to me. This privilege, in addition to my own training and competition experiences, enables me to select the most efficient training methods for anyone who walks into our gym, men, women,