Gracie Barra has many Instructors that teach classes and others
that take key roles that are essential to the success of our
organization. To insure our students understand the titles, we have
listed the hierarchy and responsibilities associated with them.
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Renato “Babalu” Sobral
Professor Renato “Babalu” Sobral is a first degree black belt under
Carlos Gracie, Jr. A professional mixed martial artist for more
than a decade, Babalu’s vision of having his own academy has
materialized. Babalu is currently under contract with
Voted Brazil’s Best Athlete of the Year in 2005, Babalu has had the
privilege of training with, and learning from, some of the best of
Master Carlos Gracie Jr. students, like Master Renzo Gracie, Prof.
Ricardo Almeida, and Prof. Marcio Feitosa. Moreover, given his
accomplishments in Greco-Roman wrestling, not to mention his
military background fighting background, professional fighters from
all camps including the Nogueira Brothers, Anderson Silva and Josh
Barnett to name a few, have trained with or been trained by Renato
Professor Sobral’s personal discipline and commitment to the
integrity of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu are easily noted. His classes are
remarkable due to the high level of attention, excitement, and
discipline, as professor expects nothing but the best from each one
of the students.
When not fighting professionally, Professor Sobral will be teaching
and imparting his skills to students of all walks of life at his
Academy in Cerritos, California. Join him on the mats.