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Cesar Gracie

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Cesar Gracie is a member of the Gracie family, having been graded as a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt by Carlos Gracie Senior‘s son, BJJ red belt Master Robson Gracie. Cesar Gracie spent his youth divided between the USA and Brazil, but settled in the United States in the early 1990s where he opened his own academy, that same academy became one of the most successful BJJ and MMA gyms in the world, with an incredible roster of stars such as David Terrell, the Diaz Brothers (Nick and Nate), Jake Shields and many others.

Cesar Gracie Jiu-Jitsu

Full Name: Cesar Gracie

Nickname: N/A

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie Sr. > Robson Gracie > Cesar Gracie

Main Achievements: (No Record)

Favorite Technique: N/A

Weight Division: N/A

Team/Association: Gracie Elite

Cesar Gracie Biography

Cesar Gracie, born in 1966, is related to Carlos Gracie Senior (the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu founder) by way of his mother, Sonja Gracie-Gronning. His parents separated when Cesar was still a toddler and Cesar was raised solely by the Gracie side of the family with grappling being a natural part of his upbringing.

In the 1970s Cesar Gracie moved to the United States with his mother and joined the US Marines, returning to Brazil after finishing his training, only to return to the United States in 1990. When Cesar returned to America he took time to train at the Gracie Academy in California, founded by Rorion Gracie during the 1980s. He would later receive his black belt by the hands of his uncle, Robson Gracie (1992).

Cesar was also the main catalyst for the Machado brothers’ move to the Northern Hemisphere in 1988. After earning his black belt Cesar moved to Northern side of California where he established an academy, bringing another cousin (Ralph Gracie) to work with him. Living in close proximity with the Gracie Family, closed-door No Holds Barred events were a regular occurrence, and Cesar Gracie did participate in a few of these events.

It is often mentioned that his record was 14-0 before making his professional mixed martial arts (MMA) debut at age 40. This happened in March 2006 against MMA veteran Frank Shamrock. A fight he lost by first-round KO.

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12 Comments

  • cooley209 says:

    Cesar is the greatest!

  • Teslacoil says:

    Ketting KOed in 20 seconds definitely does not make you the greatest. How is he 7th degree in anything? Rickson said it best when he predicted that Cesar would get his ass handed to him against Frank and said Cesar should have taken his father's name because he is not a real Gracie.

  • Andres says:

    Did Rickson said that ?

    • Sean says:

      Easy to talk behind a computer, I assure you Cesar would choke you unconscious within seconds if you have the guts to step on the mat with him. But you don't.

  • Gary says:

    Haha, good point Sean. Cesar may not be "The" greatest, but he is surely great enough to make short work of internet tough guys lol

  • Eric says:

    Cesar wasn't able to back his mouth up as a fighter, but the guys he has produced sure can.

  • BlackRazor says:

    So in reality Cesar Gracie is not a Gracie by blood. Cesar is the son of Sonja Gracie but she had Cesar before she met Carlos Gracie. So Cesar is not really Brazilian but American. I wondered why he did not have the physical attributes of the sons of Carlos! Wow! So, Cesar is not really a Gracie by blood just related to Carlos because Carlos married his mother. No wonder I never see Cesars name on the family tree

  • Bill sax says:

    Rickson’s son Kron trains his MMA with Cesar’s fight team and flies his flag on his fight shorts.

  • Anthony Henry says:

    Rickson did say that about casar , saying he was not a real Gracie , casar is the grandson of Carlos Gracie is he ,, casar dad fuck off went he was a little kid and he was living with the Gracies side of the family , so he is a Gracie and he got the right to have the name Gracie , Rickson is Wrong to say that about him ,

    • Francis C. says:

      I agree. Cesar still can teach and still commands respect. I respect him for helping train my close friends. Still family.

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