3rd Degree Black Belt
Professor Rafael Oliveira is a young man who has decided to dedicate his life to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and is strongly committed to his journey of Mastering the Art. Discipline and focus are remarkable elements of his personality and made a big difference for one of the greatest achievement of his life: the World’s BJJ No Gi Championship in 2007. In Brazil, Rafael had the opportunity to train at the legendary Gracie Barra main School in Rio, where he was trained on the same mats and environment that made some of the biggest names of our sport. Always very caring, Rafael tries to understand his teammates and students and finds joy in sharing his knowledge with them. In 2007 he opened is First Gracie Barra in Chino, CA. He also has a location in Rancho Santa Margarita and now has partnered with us in Colorado.
2nd Degree Black Belt
Kayron Gracie was born on the 4th of May, 1988 in Rio de Janeiro – Brazil. He is the oldest son of CBJJ (Confederacao de Brazilian Jiu Jitsu – aka IBJJ) president “Carlinhos” Gracie who is also the founder of Gracie Barra. Though his first sporting passion lied with surfing, Kayron also started training BJJ from a very young age, competing for the first time when he was 9 years old at the Brasileiro (Brazilian National Championship), a competition he would win the following year as a junior yellow belt. Professor Kayron Gracie is an accomplished Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitor holding important titles such as World and Pan American Champion. When teaching classes or correcting students, Kayron places a great emphasis on the details of techniques. Kayron’s commitment and talent is serving him on his quest to consecrate his name as one of the Gracie Family’s best of his generation.
Professor Fernando has been training Jiu-Jitsu over 11 years. Some students in our school believe he is an encyclopedia on jiu-jitsu. He is definitely a student of the game. When he is not teaching or training you can find him hiking in the local mountains.
Coach Robert Goodloe is a husband, father of six, an entrepreneur and an avid BJJ competitor. He wrestled in High School and Junior College as he says,” in my past life.” In 2013 he was introduced to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and hasn’t left the mats since. As a father of six, Robert has coached over 30 youth sports teams including basketball, baseball, football, and soccer. He was also Little League Vice President and Chapter President of the Laguna Hills National Junior Basketball. His goal in life was to make a living coaching kids and young adults. By opening Gracie Barra schools he is realizing that dream and is bringing Jiu-Jitsu to everyone. Since beginning Jiu-Jitsu, he has competed in numerous events. In his first major competition in 2014, he won the Pan American Championship as a white belt. In 2015, he won Double Gold in the World No-Gi IBJJF Masters Championships as a blue belt. At the 2016 Pan American championship, he took a Silver medal and in 2018 he took Bronze. In his first Brown Belt tournament Robert took gold at the 2019 Pan American Championships. Today, Robert continues to compete, volunteer, and train at any opportunity.
Coach Matt began his grappling journey as a youngster, when he began wrestling in middle school at the age of 12. In 2013, while training in Krav Maga, he was introduced to Brazilian Jiujitsu and was amazed at the ease with which these BJJ practitioners were able to control and submit him, despite his athletic and wrestling background. Always up for a challenge he jumped right in and after just a couple of classes fell in love, inspired by the fluidity and depth of it’s techniques and the effectiveness of the “gentle art”.
Coach Matt is a born competitor and has numerous wins at the state and local levels. He is a husband and father of two, with 20+ years in the cockpit as a professional pilot. Whether as a youth coach or an instructor pilot he says he’s always loved to teach and is enthusiastic and grateful for the opportunity to get to share his love for BJJ with his students.