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
- 1st Place IBJJF World Champion (2004/2006/2009/
- 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)
2014 – stripped of the title after positive PEDs Test.
Weight Division: Meio Pesado (88kg-194lbs)
Favorite Position/Technique: Triangle/Open Guard.
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.
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
- BY DQ
37 SUBMISSIONS WINS
- BY DQ
5 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES
Braulio Estima Fight History
|1005||Ronaldo SouzaRonaldo Souza||L||Flying triangle||Pan American||88KG||F||2004|
|1303||Ronaldo SouzaRonaldo Souza||L||Pts: 6x0||World Champ.||88KG||F||2005|
|1324||Ronaldo SouzaRonaldo Souza||L||Pts: 9x0||World Champ.||ABS||SF||2005|
|1393||Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre Ribeiro||L||Points||Pan American||ABS||SF||2006|
|1466||Roberto AbreuRoberto Abreu||L||Armbar||World Champ.||ABS||R1||2006|
|1657||Tarsis HumphreysTarsis Humphreys||L||Points||ADCC||ABS||R1||2007|
|1715||Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre Ribeiro||L||Points||ADCC||99KG||F||2007|
|1844||Jeff Monson||L||Points||10k Challenge||ABS||F||2007|
|1955||Andre GalvaoAndre Galvao||L||Choke from back||World Champ.||88KG||F||2008|
|2130||Tarsis HumphreysTarsis Humphreys||L||Pts: 2x2, Adv||World Pro.||ABS||F||2009|
|2144||Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo Vieira||L||Pts: 0x0, Adv||World Pro.||94KG||SF||2009|
|2636||Claudio CalasansClaudio Calasans||L||Adv||World Pro.||ABS||F||2010|
|2642||Claudio CalasansClaudio Calasans||L||Pts: 2x2, Pen||World Pro.||83KG||F||2010|
|4471||Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo Vieira||L||Referee Decision||Metamoris 2||ABS||SPF||2013|
|4845||Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre Ribeiro||L||Points||Copa Podio||ABS||SPF||2013|
|5067||Andre GalvaoAndre Galvao||L||RNC||ADCC||ABS||SPF||2013|
|5633||Keenan CorneliusKeenan Cornelius||L||Pts: 2x0||World Pro.||ABS||4F||2014|
|5720||Bernardo FariaBernardo Faria||L||Pts: 8x0||World Champ.||ABS||4F||2014|
|10183||Alexander TransAlexander Trans||L||Pts: 6x0||Copa Podio||ABS||SPF||2016|
|14968||Rudson MateusRudson Mateus||L||Referee Decision||ACB 10||85KG||SPF||2018|
|1002||Todd Margolis||W||Triangle||Pan American||88KG||4F||2004|
|1003||Cassio WerneckCassio Werneck||W||Ezekiel||Pan American||88KG||SF||2004|
|1296||Ricardo CavalcantiRicardo Cavalcanti||W||Armbar||World Champ.||88KG||R1||2005|
|1299||Rafael Mota||W||Adv||World Champ.||88KG||4F||2005|
|1301||Demian MaiaDemian Maia||W||Pts: 0x0, Adv||World Champ.||88KG||SF||2005|
|1322||Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre Ribeiro||W||Pts: 5x4||World Champ.||ABS||R1||2005|
|1376||Carlos Francis||W||N/A||Pan American||94KG||SF||2006|
|1377||Eduardo TellesEduardo Telles||W||Triangle armbar||Pan American||94KG||F||2006|
|1381||Wellington DiasWellington Dias||W||Triangle||Pan American||ABS||R1||2006|
|1388||Edson DinizEdson Diniz||W||Armbar||Pan American||ABS||4F||2006|
|1438||Rogel Alexandre||W||Triangle||World Champ.||88KG||R1||2006|
|1443||Alexandre SouzaAlexandre Souza||W||Triangle||World Champ.||88KG||4F||2006|
|1444||Delson HelenoDelson Heleno||W||Pts: 6x4||World Champ.||88KG||F||2006|
|1711||Cristiano LazzariniCristiano Lazzarini||W||Katagatame||ADCC||99KG||4F||2007|
|1831||Haim Gozali||W||Triangle||10k Challenge||ABS||GP||2007|
|1832||Pedro Bessa||W||Armbar||10k Challenge||ABS||GP||2007|
|1833||Tito Beltran||W||RNC||10k Challenge||ABS||GP||2007|
|1843||Rafael LovatoRafael Lovato||W||Armbar||10k Challenge||ABS||SF||2007|
|1949||Lee Douglas||W||Armbar||World Champ.||88KG||R1||2008|
|1951||Roger Monsalve||W||Triangle||World Champ.||88KG||4F||2008|
|1954||Murilo SantanaMurilo Santana||W||N/A||World Champ.||88KG||SF||2008|
|2059||Edmilson C.||W||Choke||Capital Challenge||88KG||SF||2008|
|2061||Otavio SousaOtavio Sousa||W||Armbar||Capital Challenge||88KG||F||2008|
|2077||Leonardo LeiteLeonardo Leite||W||Points||Capital Challenge||ABS||F||2008|
|2107||Alexandre SouzaAlexandre Souza||W||Adv||European||94KG||F||2009|
|2110||Alexandre SouzaAlexandre Souza||W||Points||European||ABS||F||2009|
|2126||Rafael LovatoRafael Lovato||W||Pts: 5x0||World Pro.||ABS||4F||2009|
|2129||Marcelo GarciaMarcelo Garcia||W||Triangle||World Pro.||ABS||SF||2009|
|2142||M. Costa||W||Bread cutter||World Pro.||94KG||R1||2009|
|2143||Fabio GurgelFabio Gurgel||W||Pts: 2x0||World Pro.||94KG||4F||2009|
|2265||James BrascoJames Brasco||W||Points||ADCC||88KG||4F||2009|
|2267||Rafael LovatoRafael Lovato||W||Estima lock||ADCC||88KG||SF||2009|
|2269||Andre GalvaoAndre Galvao||W||Inverted triangle||ADCC||88KG||F||2009|
|2303||Marcelo GarciaMarcelo Garcia||W||Inverted Katagatame||ADCC||ABS||4F||2009|
|2306||Vinny MagalhaesVinny Magalhaes||W||Points||ADCC||ABS||SF||2009|
|2307||Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre Ribeiro||W||Injury||ADCC||ABS||F||2009|
|2354||Rodrigo PinheiroRodrigo Pinheiro||W||Triangle||World Champ.||94KG||4F||2009|
|2358||Alexandre CeconiAlexandre Ceconi||W||Submission||World Champ.||94KG||SF||2009|
|2359||Alexandre SouzaAlexandre Souza||W||Pts: 2x0||World Champ.||94KG||F||2009|
|2847||Sergio MoraesSergio Moraes||W||Adv||European||88KG||F||2011|
|3321||Ronaldo SouzaRonaldo Souza||W||Pts: 3x0||ADCC||ABS||SPF||2011|
|4805||Rodrigo FajardoRodrigo Fajardo||W||Armbar||World Champ.||88KG||4F||2013|
|4807||Andre GalvaoAndre Galvao||W||Pts: 6x2||World Champ.||88KG||SF||2013|
|5619||A. Ortiz||W||Choke from back||World Pro.||ABS||R1||2014|
|5623||Chris Bowe||W||Submission||World Pro.||ABS||R2||2014|
|5627||Rodrigo CavacaRodrigo Cavaca||W||Choke from back||World Pro.||ABS||R2||2014|
|5667||Lucas LeiteLucas Leite||W||Pts: 3x0||World Pro.||94KG||R1||2014|
|5670||Keenan CorneliusKeenan Cornelius||W||Points||World Pro.||94KG||SF||2014|
|5671||Tarcisio JardimTarcisio Jardim||W||Triangle||World Pro.||94KG||F||2014|
|5706||A. Antonioli||W||Armbar||World Champ.||ABS||R2||2014|
|5713||Roberto AbreuRoberto Abreu||W||Points||World Champ.||ABS||R3||2014|
|5826||Don Schon||W||Triangle||World Champ.||88KG||RDS||2014|
|5828||Raul Castillo||W||Triangle||World Champ.||88KG||RDS||2014|
|5832||Thiago SaThiago Sa||W||Choke from back||World Champ.||88KG||4F||2014|
|5835||Murilo SantanaMurilo Santana||W||Pts: 8x2||World Champ.||88KG||SF||2014|
Photo by Ross Finlayson
niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiice!! Braulio is the man
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
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."
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.
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.
The blue belt you speak of is Ze Radiola. He is mentioned on the text.
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.
just to clarify about charles dos anjos, he himself was awarded his black belt from master jurandir moura not royce gracie
tomorrow, 03 March, will see him to Bucharest! 😀
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.
He was taught by steven seagel
Isn’ t missing a fight with Gabriel Vella from 2009?