Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Team History, Fighter Stats, Biographies and News

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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. > Helio Gracie > 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

    14 (29%)
    3 (6%)
    31 (65%)
    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
957Vitor VianaLMata leaoADCC99KGRD12005
1057Ronaldo SouzaRonaldo SouzaLPts: 6x0World Champ.88KGF2005
1171Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLArmbarWorld Champ.ABSRD12006
1336Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysLPointsADCCABSRD12007
1391Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPointsADCC99KGF2007
1501Jeff MonsonLPoints10k ChallengeABSF2007
1597Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLChoke from backWorld Champ.88KGF2008
1732Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Pro.ABSF2009
1746Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro.94KGSF2009
2012Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLAdvWorld Pro.ABSF2010
2017Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPts: 2x2, PenWorld Pro.83KGF2010
3341Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLReferee DecisionMetamoris 2ABSSUPERF2013
3647Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPointsCopa PodioABSSUPERF2013
3831Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLMata leaoADCCABSSUPERF2013
4235Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Pro.ABS1/4F2014
4283Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 8x0World Champ.ABS1/4F2014
1050Ricardo CavalcantiRicardo CavalcantiWArmbarWorld Champ.88KGRD12005
1053Rafael MotaWAdvWorld Champ.88KG1/4F2005
1055Demian MaiaDemian MaiaWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.88KGSF2005
1076Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroWPts: 3x2World Champ.ABSRD12005
1143Rogel AlexandreWTriangleWorld Champ.88KGRD12006
1148Alexandre SouzaAlexandre SouzaWTriangleWorld Champ.88KG1/4F2006
1149Delson HelenoDelson HelenoWPts: 6x4World Champ.88KGF2006
1386Tomas SzczerekWArmbarADCC99KGRD12007
1387Cristiano LazzariniCristiano LazzariniWKatagatameADCC99KG1/4F2007
1389A. CacarecoWTriangleADCC99KGSF2007
1488Haim GozaliWTriangle10k ChallengeABSGP2007
1489Pedro BessaWArmbar10k ChallengeABSGP2007
1490Tito BeltranWMata leao10k ChallengeABSGP2007
1500Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWArmbar10k ChallengeABSSF2007
1591Lee DouglasWArmbarWorld Champ.88KGRD12008
1593Roger MonsalveWTriangleWorld Champ.88KG1/4F2008
1596Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWN/AWorld Champ.88KGSF2008
1698Edmilson C.WChokeCapital Challenge88KGSF2008
1700Otavio SousaOtavio SousaWArmbarCapital Challenge88KGF2008
1716Leonardo LeiteLeonardo LeiteWPointsCapital ChallengeABSF2008
1728Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWPts: 5x0World Pro.ABS1/4F2009
1731Marcelo GarciaMarcelo GarciaWTriangleWorld Pro.ABSSF2009
1744Matheus CostaWBread cutterWorld Pro.94KGRD12009
1745Fabio GurgelFabio GurgelWPts: 2x0World Pro.94KG1/4F2009
1786Yuji AraiWMata leaoADCC88KGRD12009
1792James BrascoJames BrascoWPointsADCC88KG1/4F2009
1794Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWEstima lockADCC88KGSF2009
1796Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoWInverted triangleADCC88KGF2009
1829Marcelo GarciaMarcelo GarciaWInverted KatagatameADCCABS1/4F2009
1832Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesWPointsADCCABSSF2009
1833Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroWInjuryADCCABSF2009
1881Rodrigo PinheiroWTriangleWorld Champ.94KG1/4F2009
1885Alexandre CeconiAlexandre CeconiWSubmissionWorld Champ.94KGSF2009
1886Alexandre SouzaAlexandre SouzaWPts: 2x0World Champ.94KGF2009
2157Sergio MoraesSergio MoraesWAdvEuropean88KGF2011
2530Ronaldo SouzaRonaldo SouzaWPts: 3x0ADCCABSSUPERF2011
3622Rodrigo FajardoRodrigo FajardoWArmbarWorld Champ.88KG1/4F2013
3624Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoWPts: 6x2World Champ.88KGSF2013
4230Rodrigo CavacaRodrigo CavacaWChoke from backWorld Pro.ABSRD22014
4250Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWPointsWorld Pro.94KGSF2014
4251Tarcisio JardimTarcisio JardimWTriangleWorld Pro.94KGF2014
4269A. AntonioliWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSRD22014
4276Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPointsWorld Champ.ABSRD32014
4389Don SchonWTriangleWorld Champ.88KGRDS2014
4391Raul CastilloWTriangleWorld Champ.88KGRDS2014
4395Thiago SaWChoke from backWorld Champ.88KG1/4F2014
4398Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 8x2World Champ.88KGSF2014

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


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  • 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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