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Braulio Estima “Carcará” is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt World Champion and an ADCC open weight & super fight 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 where Braulio was raised. 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 teammates started calling him “Carcara”

Lineage:  Carlos Gracie Sr. > Helio Gracie > Carlos Gracie Jr > Braulio Estima

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place IBJJF World Champion (2004/2006/2009/2014)
  • 1st Place UAEJJF Abu Dhabi World Pro (2014)
  • 1st Place ADCC Championship (2009**)
  • 1st Place IBJJF European Open (2007/2009/2011)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF World Championship (2005/2008/2013)
  • 2nd Place ADCC Championship (2007)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2002 purple, 2003, 2006 brown)

* Absolute
2014 – stripped of the title after positive PEDs Test.

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

Favorite Position/Technique: Triangle/Open Guard.

Association/Team: Gracie-Barra

Braulio Estima Biography

Braulio Estima was born on June 10, 1980, in the city of Recife, State of Pernambuco – Brazil. He was 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 coach’s life to an end, and Braulio Stopped training altogether. 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 where 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 thereon.

In 2003 Braulio won the Pan American as a Brown Belt submitting 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. Mauricio 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 honor 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 Suspension

In 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, the 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

    17 (29%)
    4 (7%)
    37 (63%)
    0 (0%)
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)


Choke from back
Bread cutter
Estima lock
Inverted triangle
Inverted Katagatame
Triangle armbar
    10 (48%)
    3 (14%)
    5 (24%)
    2 (10%)
    1 (5%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)


Flying triangle
Choke from back

Braulio Estima Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
1005Ronaldo SouzaRonaldo SouzaLFlying trianglePan American88KGF2004
1196Vitor VianaLRNCADCC99KGR12005
1303Ronaldo SouzaRonaldo SouzaLPts: 6x0World Champ.88KGF2005
1324Ronaldo SouzaRonaldo SouzaLPts: 9x0World Champ.ABSSF2005
1393Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPointsPan AmericanABSSF2006
1466Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR12006
1657Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysLPointsADCCABSR12007
1715Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPointsADCC99KGF2007
1844Jeff MonsonLPoints10k ChallengeABSF2007
1955Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLChoke from backWorld Champ.88KGF2008
2130Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Pro.ABSF2009
2144Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro.94KGSF2009
2636Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLAdvWorld Pro.ABSF2010
2642Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPts: 2x2, PenWorld Pro.83KGF2010
4471Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLReferee DecisionMetamoris 2ABSSPF2013
4845Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPointsCopa PodioABSSPF2013
5067Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLRNCADCCABSSPF2013
5633Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 2x0World Pro.ABS4F2014
5720Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 8x0World Champ.ABS4F2014
10183Alexander TransAlexander TransLPts: 6x0Copa PodioABSSPF2016
14969Rudson MateusRudson MateusLReferee DecisionACB 1085KGSPF2018
1002Todd MargolisWTrianglePan American88KG4F2004
1003Cassio WerneckCassio WerneckWEzekielPan American88KGSF2004
1296Ricardo CavalcantiRicardo CavalcantiWArmbarWorld Champ.88KGR12005
1299Rafael MotaWAdvWorld Champ.88KG4F2005
1301Demian MaiaDemian MaiaWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.88KGSF2005
1322Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroWPts: 5x4World Champ.ABSR12005
1376Carlos FrancisWN/APan American94KGSF2006
1377Eduardo TellesEduardo TellesWTriangle armbarPan American94KGF2006
1381Wellington DiasWellington DiasWTrianglePan AmericanABSR12006
1388Edson DinizEdson DinizWArmbarPan AmericanABS4F2006
1438Rogel AlexandreWTriangleWorld Champ.88KGR12006
1443Alexandre SouzaAlexandre SouzaWTriangleWorld Champ.88KG4F2006
1444Delson HelenoDelson HelenoWPts: 6x4World Champ.88KGF2006
1709Tomas SzczerekWArmbarADCC99KGR12007
1711Cristiano LazzariniCristiano LazzariniWKatagatameADCC99KG4F2007
1713A. CacarecoWTriangleADCC99KGSF2007
1831Haim GozaliWTriangle10k ChallengeABSGP2007
1832Pedro BessaWArmbar10k ChallengeABSGP2007
1833Tito BeltranWRNC10k ChallengeABSGP2007
1843Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWArmbar10k ChallengeABSSF2007
1949Lee DouglasWArmbarWorld Champ.88KGR12008
1951Roger MonsalveWTriangleWorld Champ.88KG4F2008
1954Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWN/AWorld Champ.88KGSF2008
2059Edmilson C.WChokeCapital Challenge88KGSF2008
2061Otavio SousaOtavio SousaWArmbarCapital Challenge88KGF2008
2077Leonardo LeiteLeonardo LeiteWPointsCapital ChallengeABSF2008
2107Alexandre SouzaAlexandre SouzaWAdvEuropean94KGF2009
2110Alexandre SouzaAlexandre SouzaWPointsEuropeanABSF2009
2126Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWPts: 5x0World Pro.ABS4F2009
2129Marcelo GarciaMarcelo GarciaWTriangleWorld Pro.ABSSF2009
2142M. CostaWBread cutterWorld Pro.94KGR12009
2143Fabio GurgelFabio GurgelWPts: 2x0World Pro.94KG4F2009
2259Yuji AraiWRNCADCC88KGR12009
2265James BrascoJames BrascoWPointsADCC88KG4F2009
2267Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWEstima lockADCC88KGSF2009
2269Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoWInverted triangleADCC88KGF2009
2303Marcelo GarciaMarcelo GarciaWInverted KatagatameADCCABS4F2009
2306Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesWPointsADCCABSSF2009
2307Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroWInjuryADCCABSF2009
2354Rodrigo PinheiroRodrigo PinheiroWTriangleWorld Champ.94KG4F2009
2358Alexandre CeconiAlexandre CeconiWSubmissionWorld Champ.94KGSF2009
2359Alexandre SouzaAlexandre SouzaWPts: 2x0World Champ.94KGF2009
2847Sergio MoraesSergio MoraesWAdvEuropean88KGF2011
3321Ronaldo SouzaRonaldo SouzaWPts: 3x0ADCCABSSPF2011
4805Rodrigo FajardoRodrigo FajardoWArmbarWorld Champ.88KG4F2013
4807Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoWPts: 6x2World Champ.88KGSF2013
5619A. OrtizWChoke from backWorld Pro.ABSR12014
5623Chris BoweWSubmissionWorld Pro.ABSR22014
5627Rodrigo CavacaRodrigo CavacaWChoke from backWorld Pro.ABSR22014
5667Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteWPts: 3x0World Pro.94KGR12014
5670Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWPointsWorld Pro.94KGSF2014
5671Tarcisio JardimTarcisio JardimWTriangleWorld Pro.94KGF2014
5706A. AntonioliWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR22014
5713Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPointsWorld Champ.ABSR32014
5826Don SchonWTriangleWorld Champ.88KGRDS2014
5828Raul CastilloWTriangleWorld Champ.88KGRDS2014
5832Thiago SaThiago SaWChoke from backWorld Champ.88KG4F2014
5835Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 8x2World Champ.88KGSF2014

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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.

    • Dan says:

      Just to be even MORE clear we had a seminar by him last week and he said the guy TEACHING at his first gym was a Blue Belt who was UNDER Charles dos Anjos and Charles had to give him his belt because a Blue Belt can't give someone else a Blue Belt. He said once every 6 months they would fly him out to their gym and everyone would show up to every class he taught for a week, then they'd drill those moves for 6 months until they flew him out again 6 months later! He said, once you're a Black Belt you probably need other competitive Black Belts to get ready for Tournaments, but until then just try to get as good as you can at what you have available to you.
      He also said that he never had a Black Belt to regularly roll with until AFTER he won the Pan Ams in 2002 at Purple Belt and started training in Rio oftentimes.

  • 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! 😀

  • 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

  • Rafael says:

    Isn’ t missing a fight with Gabriel Vella from 2009?


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