Mauricio Gomes is one of the famous 6 students graduated black belt in Jiu Jitsu by the legendary Rolls Gracie. Gomes is also the father of Roger Gracie (one of the “all time best” in BJJ) as well as the founder of Gracie Barra in the United Kingdom, having been responsible for the development of the Gracie franchise in British territory.
Maucicio Gomes in Detail
Full Name: Maucicio Motta Gomes
Nickname: “Maurição” – which means big Mauricio, due to the stature of Gomes.
Achievements: Rio de Janeiro State Champion (1981 absolute)
Weight Division: Peso Pesado (94kg-207lbs)
Team/Association: Gracie Barra
Mauricio Gomes Biography
Mauricio started training Jiu Jitsu from the age of 4 at the João Alberto Barreto’s academy (one of the historical figures of BJJ). Mauricio’s father was already a student of the martial art under that same master. Maurição joined Rolls Gracie’s school years later, in 1977 and trained and competed under the guidance of the legendary Gracie until the time of his death in 1982. Little before the tragic accident that ended his master’s life, Mauricio was awarded his black belt.
The close proximity to the Gracie family led Mauricio to meet Reila Gracie (sister of Rolls and daughter of Carlos Gracie Senior). The two, Mauricio and Reila would grow fond of each other, and though their relationship didn’t last, the pair had a son, Roger Gracie, who would later in his life become one of the most accomplished jiu-jitsu competitors of all time.
After his master’s departure, Gomes abandoned Jiu Jitsu for a while to pursue other career objectives (though never leaving the sport completely, training mainly with Rolls brother Carlinhos Gracie). Just before the turn of the 21’st century, Mauricio came to Birmingham – England, and established an academy there. After he established the academy in the West Midlands area of England, he moved south to the Capital, London. In London he opened a series of gyms in 2000, namely at the Seymor Leisure Centre (which would be handed to Roger Brooking at a later stage). He opened a few other gyms and brought his son from Brazil to help him with the fast growing academies.
In 2003 Mauricio heard that the Pan American champion Braulio Estima was trying his luck in London. Mauricio saw great potential is bringing this up and coming BJJ star to train with his son Roger (who was also rapidly becoming a BJJ phenomenon), and brought Estima to his camp, handing in the process his Birmingham franchise in the hands of Braulio. Today Gracie Barra UK is one of the strongest academies in Europe.
Mauricio Gomes vs Peixotinho