Gracie Elite Team Debuts at the 2010 BJJ World Championship

by Caleb on June 3, 2010

Kyra Gracie Rilion Renzo
Kyra Gracie, Rilion Gracie, and Renzo Gracie last year at the 2009 BJJ World Championship.

Careful observers of the jiu-jitsu competition scene could not have missed a new entity on the registration lists for the 2010 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Championship that takes place this coming weekend. Also known as the Mundial, the event is the most highly regarded competition in the gi and draws the planet’s best jiu-jitsu athletes, so fans take note when several highly regarded competitors’ affiliation this year was listed as Gracie Elite Team.

So what is Gracie Elite Team, and how did it come about? The FightWorks Podcast caught up with Cesar Gracie and got a few answers. According to Cesar, the new squad is comprised of athletes from Gracie family members Ralph, Renzo, Rilion, Ryan, and from Cesar’s own crew. The intention was to put together a more formidable team than they might individually, and “shake things up a bit”. The idea to create the new team was proposed about a month ago. When asked if this was a team that jiu-jitsu practitioners can expect to see for many years to come in high-end competitions like the World Championship or if this was just an experiment, Cesar replied that you never know and that they would just see how it goes.

Gracie Elite Team’s 2010 Mundials black belt competitors:

Black / Brown Belt Women:

  • Kyra Gracie (Leve)

Black Belt Men:

  • Caio Terra (Galo)
  • Joseph Capizzi (Galo)
  • Almiro Barros dos Santos (Pluma)
  • Samir Chantre (Pluma)
  • Caio Almeida (Pena)
  • Celso Venicius Alves (Leve)
  • Joao Paulo Bertuccelli (Leve)
  • Alexandro Ceconi (Pesado)
  • Luiz Gustavo Costa (Pesado)
  • Marcel Fortuna (Super-Pesado)
  • Gabriel Vella (Pesadissimo)

(If you’re still having a hard time remembering what the different weight classes are, here’s a list.)

Several of the competitors listed are regular winners of medals in events like the World Championship like Alexandro Ceconi, Kyra Gracie, Caio Terra, and Gabriel Vella. Expect to see similar results this weekend in Gracie Elite Team’s debut performance.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Ciaran June 4, 2010 at 12:19 am

Isn’t Renzo Gracie Barra? Are they competing against GB now?

Liam June 4, 2010 at 1:59 am

Heavy! Very nice peice of news.

kris June 7, 2010 at 11:25 pm

I thought Kyra was Gracie Barra also… I’m confused

Caleb June 7, 2010 at 11:53 pm

Kyra has traditionally competed as Gracie Barra but made the switch this year to Gracie Elite.

Alexander F Taveira June 10, 2010 at 9:25 am

Actually Caleb, the last time Kyra competed as a member of Gracie Barra was in 2008. In late 2008, moved to Renzo Gracie and has been there since.

daniel April 20, 2011 at 7:01 pm

look its no that they switched teams first thing is first renzo gracie has always been gb he only came out with his academy to jjust get his thing going( he even gave carlos gracie jr the chief of gb his koral belt ‘red and black’) so pretty much renzo gracie academy and gb are the same family same thing with kyra she got her bb form gb. so this doesnt mean renzo gracie or kyra is now gracie elite its just a competition team.

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