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Braulio Estima

Braulio Estima “Carcará” is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt World Champion and a ADCC open weight & superfight champion. Considered by most, one of the top jiu jitsu competitors of the 2000′s era, Braulio Estima collected trophies throughout his grappling career, both as a fighter and as an instructor. In recent years Braulio has slowed down on his competitive appearances. Braulio is also the older brother of another great jiu jitsu talent, Victor Estima.

Braulio Estima Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Braulio de Oliveira Estima

Nickname: Carcará is the name of a bird that habits the region were Braulio is from. It was also the name of a brand of jiu jitsu kimono’s that Braulio used to wear (now extinct), which is the reason why his team mates started calling him “Carcara”

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie Sr. > Carlos Gracie Junior > Braulio Estima

Main Achievements:

  • World Champion (2004, 2006, 2009, 2014)
  • World Pro Champion (2014)
  • ADCC Champion (2009 weight & absolute)
  • European Champion (2007, 2009, 2011)
  • World Silver Medallist (2005, 2008, 2013)
  • Pan American Champion (2002 purple, 2003, brown, 2006)
  • ADCC Silver Medallist (2007)

Weight Division: Meio Pesado (88kg-194lbs)

Favourite Position/Technique: Triangle/Open Guard.

Association/Team: Gracie-Barra

Sponsors: Jiu Jitsu Style Magazine

Braulio Estima Biography

Braulio Estima was born in 1980 in the city of Recife, State of Permanbuco – Brazil. He initiated in the world of martial arts as a child when he was 9 years of age, training in Judo, however, In June 1990 a tragic bike accident brought his coache’s life to an end, and Braulio Stopped training all together. He regained his interest in 1996 when he was 16 years old, through his old Judo buddy Fernando Cavalcanti who was by then training Jiu Jitsu. The first gym were Braulio Estima started his Jiu Jitsu tuition was called “Free Style” and the classes were taught by a brown belt called Charles dos Anjos (who later became a respected Royce Gracie Black Belt who teaches in the USA), dos Anjos awarded Braulio his first belt (blue) after Estima won 5 major junior titles in a row.

When Charles dos Anjos left the gym to move to the United States, Jose Olimpio da Rocha (also known as “Zé Raidiola”) took over the gym’s classes, and taught Braulio Estima from there until he reached Brown Belt. A few years after Braulio started his training under “Radiola”, Carlos Gracie Junior passed by Recife to give a seminar and it was agreed that the”Free Style” academy would be under Gracie-Barra’s shield from there on.

In 2003 Braulio won the Pan American as a Brown Belt submiting 7 people in a total of 5 minutes and 24 seconds. By the end of that year, Braulio met an old training partner by the name of Alain Pozo, who at the time resided in London – England and was in Recife for his holidays. Alain invited Braulio to come over to the United Kingdom to try his luck in Europe as BJJ was booming in “The Old Continent”. Braulio didn’t hesitate and jumped on a plane to London.

In London, Braulio trained for a short while at Carlson Gracie’s team in the famous “Boiler Room” academy, but soon Mauricio Gomes (The Gracie Barra representative in the country) spotted the talent in young Braulio and took him under his wing. Maricio saw that Braulio was an excellent training partner for his son Roger Gracie, and he wasn’t wrong. The two fighters training together grew exponentially to the point where they became two of the best Brazilian Jiu Jitsu fighters on the planet. Braulio also started teaching in Gracie Barra – Birmingham around that time, taking over the academy that Mauricio Gomes had started.

Braulio was awarded his Black Belt in January 2004 winning the Mundial (World Championship) as a middleweight on that same year. He has gone from strength to strength in the sport winning every major tournament there is in the Black Belt division. He also won one of the most prestigious tournaments there is in Submission Wrestling, the ADCC in both his weight and the Open weight divisions (2009). He is now focusing on an MMA career, although still competing now and again in BJJ tournaments.

In 2011 although fully dedicated to MMA, Braulio Estima decided to return to the mats to honour a close friend, Steven Fan that had passed away shortly before the competition. Braulio was successful once again and was able to dedicate the victory to Steve.

Braulio Estima's PED Suspention

On October 2014 The USADA (United States Anti-Doping Agency) revealed that Braulio Estima had been caught with Performance Enhancing Drugs (PED) in his system, while competing at the World Championship in 2014. The USADA, organization responsible for testing IBJJF’s athletes for performance enhancers, mentioned that Methylhexaneamine (DMAA) had been found, for this reason the International Jiu Jitsu Federation suspended Estima for 2 years. The reason why the athlete received a maximum suspension was due to Estima not knowing where he received the enhancing substance.

Braulio Estima mentioned that the substance likely came from a pre-workout drink he took from a fan while celebrating his victory at the semi final over Murilo Santana (Braulio’s final match at the worlds). Through his social media profile, Braulio explained:

it would be much easier for me to make a simple story up and get the ban reduced to 60 days. I just needed to know what was the product took, as simple as that. As this was an accident and I have no clue what it was I couldn’t fight back. – Braulio Estima

Braulio Estima Grappling Record

    13 (29%)
    3 (7%)
    29 (64%)
    0 (0%)
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)


Choke from back
Mata leao
Bread cutter
Inverted triangle
Inverted Katagatame
Estima lock
    6 (38%)
    4 (25%)
    4 (25%)
    1 (6%)
    1 (6%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)


Mata leao
Choke from back

Braulio Estima Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
836Vitor VianaLMata leaoADCCU99kgRd 12005
935Ronaldo SouzaRonaldo SouzaLPts: 6x0World Champ.U88kgFinal2005
1006Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLArmbarWorld Champ.AbsoluteRd 12006
1119Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysLPointsADCCAbsoluteRd 12007
1174Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPointsADCCU99kgFinal2007
1284Jeff MonsonLPoints10k ChallengeAbsoluteFinal2007
1380Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLChoke from backWorld Champ.U88kgFinal2008
1477Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Pro.AbsoluteFinal2009
1483Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro.U94kgSemi f.2009
1745Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLAdvWorld Pro.AbsoluteFinal2010
1750Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPts: 2x2, PenWorld Pro.U83kgFinal2010
3030Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLRefree DecisionMetamoris 2OpenSuperfight2013
3327Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPointsCopa PodioAbsoluteSuperfight2013
3489Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLMata leaoADCCAbsoluteSuperfight2013
3882Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Pro.Absolute1/4 Final2014
3926Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 8x0World Champ.Absolute1/4 Final2014
928Ricardo CavalcantiRicardo CavalcantiWArmbarWorld Champ.U88kgRd 12005
931Rafael MotaWAdvWorld Champ.U88kg1/4 final2005
933Demian MaiaDemian MaiaWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.U88kgSemi f.2005
945Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroWPts: 3x2World Champ.AbsoluteRd 12005
989Rogel AlexandreWTriangleWorld Champ.U88kgRd 12006
991Alexandre SouzaAlexandre SouzaWTriangleWorld Champ.U88kg1/4 final2006
992Delson HelenoDelson HelenoWPts: 6x4World Champ.U88kgFinal2006
1169Tomas SzczerekWArmbarADCCU99kgRd 12007
1170Cristiano LazzariniCristiano LazzariniWKatagatameADCCU99kg1/4 final2007
1172A. CacarecoWTriangleADCCU99kgSemi f.2007
1271Haim GozaliWTriangle10k ChallengeAbsoluteGroups2007
1272Pedro BessaWArmbar10k ChallengeAbsoluteGroups2007
1273Tito BeltranWMata leao10k ChallengeAbsoluteGroups2007
1283Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWArmbar10k ChallengeAbsoluteSemi f.2007
1374Lee DouglasWArmbarWorld Champ.U88kgRd 12008
1376Roger MonsalveWTriangleWorld Champ.U88kg1/4 final2008
1379Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWN/AWorld Champ.U88kgSemi f.2008
1473Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWPts: 5x0World Pro.Absolute1/4 final2009
1476Marcelo GarciaMarcelo GarciaWTriangleWorld Pro.AbsoluteSemi f.2009
1481Matheus CostaWBread cutterWorld Pro.U94kgRd 12009
1482Fabio GurgelFabio GurgelWPts: 2x0World Pro.U94kg1/4 final2009
1523Yuji AraiWMata leaoADCCU88kgRd 12009
1529James BrascoJames BrascoWPointsADCCU88kg1/4 final2009
1531Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWEstima lockADCCU88kgSemi f.2009
1533Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoWInverted triangleADCCU88kgFinal2009
1562Janne-PekkaWArmbarADCCAbsoluteRd 12009
1566Marcelo GarciaMarcelo GarciaWInverted KatagatameADCCAbsolute1/4 final2009
1569Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesWPointsADCCAbsoluteSemi f.2009
1570Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroWInjuryADCCAbsoluteFinal2009
1618Rodrigo PinheiroWTriangleWorld Champ.U94kg1/4 final2009
1622Alexandre CeconiAlexandre CeconiWSubmissionWorld Champ.U94kgSemi f.2009
1623Alexandre SouzaAlexandre SouzaWPts: 2x0World Champ.U94kgFinal2009
1884Sergio MoraesSergio MoraesWAdvEuropeanU88kgFinal2011
2252Ronaldo SouzaRonaldo SouzaWPts: 3x0ADCCAbsoluteSuperfight2011
3303Rodrigo FajardoRodrigo FajardoWArmbarWorld Champ.U88kg1/4 Final2013
3305Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoWPts: 6x2World Champ.U88kgSemi f.2013
3877Rodrigo CavacaRodrigo CavacaWChoke from backWorld Pro.AbsoluteRd 22014
3897Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWPointsWorld Pro.U94kgSemi f.2014
3898Tarcisio JardimTarcisio JardimWTriangleWorld Pro.U94kgFinal2014
3912A. AntonioliWArmbarWorld Champ.AbsoluteRd 22014
3919Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPointsWorld Champ.AbsoluteRd 32014
4032Don SchonWTriangleWorld Champ.U88kgRounds2014
4034Raul CastilloWTriangleWorld Champ.U88kgRounds2014
4038Thiago SaWChoke from backWorld Champ.U88kg1/4 Final2014
4041Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 8x2World Champ.U88kgSemi f.2014

Braulio Estima vs Ryan Gregg (Brazil vs America 2002)

Braulio Estima vs Leo Leite

Braulio Estima vs Titi Lazzarini (ADCC 2007)

Photo by Ross Finlayson


This post is also available in: Portuguese (Brazil)


  • Brauliofan says:

    niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiice!! Braulio is the man

  • Ibrahim says:

    Master Carlos is not his direct teacher, actually the correct thing is :

    Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie Sr. > Rolles Gracie > Carlos Gracie Junior > Ze Radiola > Braulio Estima

  • admin says:

    hi Ibrahim,

    I realize Radiola instructed him for a big part of his career, but Carlinhos gave him the belt. On Braulio's Official Website: "On January 4, 2003, Bráulio was awarded his black belt by master Carlos Gracie Jr., chairman of the CBJJ, and son of the founder of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu."

  • Craig says:

    See above "The first gym were Braulio Estima started his Jiu Jitsu tuition was called “Free Style” and the classes were taught by a brown belt called Charles dos Anjos (who later became a respected Royce Gracie Black Belt who teaches in the USA), dos Anjos awarded Braulio his first belt (blue) after Estima won 5 major junior titles in a row." So, his first teacher was Charles Dos Anjos.

  • leo says:

    I really like Barulios style. would love to visit his academy or if he would stop by in our academy to give a seminar. i train brazilian jiu jitsu hamburg gracie barra.

  • alien says:

    just to clarify about charles dos anjos, he himself was awarded his black belt from master jurandir moura not royce gracie

  • titz says:

    tomorrow, 03 March, will see him to Bucharest! :D

  • John Davis says:

    Hey guys, let's not bicker about lineage. The truth is that Braulio Estima's earned his place in the pantheon of heroes, regardless of whether he was taught by Hélio's ghost or by watching crabs have sex on a beach in Bahía.

  • Chacorro louco says:

    He was taught by steven seagel

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