Hall of Fame: Kyra Gracie

Kyra Gracie is a jiu-jitsu black belt under Carlos Gracie Junior and the first female member of the famous Gracie family to achieve worldwide notoriety as an accomplished grappler. She was born on the 29th of May, 1985 in Rio de Janeiro– Brazil and is the granddaughter of Robson Gracie, who is the second son of BJJ founder Carlos Gracie (senior). Kyra was raised in the same house as her 3 uncles, BJJ black belts, Ralph, Ryan and Renzo Gracie and as a result, she started practicing jiu jitsu when she was a toddler in a fun and light-hearted manner.

At the age of 11 she began taking regular classes and within ten years grew into a true BJJ phenomenon, a status cemented by her wins at important tournaments such as the World Jiu-Jitsu Championships, Pan American Jiu-Jitsu Championships and the ADCC (Abu Dhabi Combat Club).

Through her career she has earned…

  • 4x BJJ World Champion (2006, 2008, 2010) (2008 Absolute)
  • 5x BJJ Pan American Games Champion (2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007)
  • 5x BJJ Brazilian Champion (1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004)
  • 5x BJJ New York State Champion (1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002)
  • 3x ADCC Submission Wrestling World Champion (2005, 2007, 2011)
  • 1x BJJ Asiatic Champion (2006)

Since January 2010, she has been training in boxing at the Nobre Arte gym in the Morro do Cantagalo area of Rio de Janeiro under the tutelage of boxing coach Claudio Coelho, to complement her grappling skills.

In 2010, Gracie, along with family members Rillion, Rolles, Roger, Igor, and Gregor began Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Adventure Camp. The purpose of the camp is to provide training in Brazilian jiu-jitsu with access to the local tourism of the various host countries.

Kyra Gracie remains also an important ambassador of the sport, and one of the most televised jiu-jitsu practitioners with appearances in famous Brazilian TV shows such as Programa do Jo (with Jo Soares) and Sensei SporTv. She also runs her own youtube channel.

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