Suyan Queiroz is a Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt under Master Carlson Gracie, and one of the main lightweight competitors of the late 1990s/early 2000s era, having beaten big names of the sport such as Jefferson Moura, Leonardo Peçanha, Leonardo Santos, Raphael Abi-Rihan among many others. Queiroz is also revered for his work in Abu Dhabi, helping establish one of the most important grappling programs on the jiu jitsu world.
Carlson Gracie Academy
One of the stronguest teams the world has ever seen, Carlson Gracie academy, led by the late great master Carlson Gracie was unstoppable in the 1990’s.
Daniel Wanderley, also known as “Cachorrão” or Big Dog, is a Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt under Gutenberg Melo commonly known for his involvement in the development of mixed martial arts (MMA) stars such as Anthony Pettis, Erik Koch and Ben Askren at the Roufusport MMA academy. As a competitor, Wanderley has also ventured into MMA, while achieving important medals in jiu jitsu, particularly in the “over 30” category (masters) where he won the Pan American No-Gi Champion and placed 2nd in the World No-Gi Championship.
Carlos Rollyson is a Brazilian jiu jitsu (BJJ) coral belt (7th degree) who earned his black belt from Master Carlson Gracie, having also a black belt in judo, which he achieved while training under Takise Ueda. After the passing of his BJJ mentor, Rollyson decided to leave the Carlson Gracie Academy, joining the multiple time world champion team, Alliance Jiu Jitsu. Carlos Rollyson is also one of the most high ranked jiu jitsu figures in South Florida.
Vinícius Cruz, is a historic figure in Brazilian jiu jitsu, having medalled on multiple occasions in important tournaments such as the Copa Company, the World Championship, the Pan American Championship and many others. A former member of the Carlson Gracie Academy, Vinícius Cruz is often associated with the “loop choke”, a technique he perfected during the 1990’s applying it often in competition.
Carlos Rosado is a Brazilian jiu jitsu red belt, the highest grade possible in BJJ, being not only the youngest man to ever receive the honour in the sport, but also the only red belt ever awarded by the late Master Carlson Gracie. Regarded by many as the best student from Carlson Gracie’s first generation of black belts, Carlos Rosado is also the founder of the Rosado Jiu Jitsu Academy.
Julio “Foca” Fernandez is one of the late Carlson Gracie’s most well known black belts in the United States. Born in Rio de Janeiro, Fernandez moved to the United States in the late 1980’s being a pioneer for Brazilian jiu jitsu in the country. Julio is also the co-founder of BJJ Revolution Team.
Marcio Dos Santos is coral belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and a leading figure of the sport during the 1980s decade, being directly involved in the development of Osvaldo Alves’ and Carlson Gracie’s teams, two of the most dominant academies in Jiu Jitsu during that era.
Alan Moraes is a one of the coaches at the world famous Carlson Gracie Academy in Rio de Janeiro, from where he has produced several high quality black belts, including world medallist Samir Chantre. Alan Moraes, who was graded as black belt by Carlson Gracie Junior, is also one of the main referees in the IBJJF.
Ricardo Diogo, also known as “Rey” Diogo was one of the first Carlson Gracie jiu jitsu team representatives to come to the United States where he established his own academy based on his master’s teachings.
One of the best jiu jitsu competitors of the 1980’s & 1990s, Crezio de Souza competed for the Carlson Gracie Team in BJJ and MMA he was also part of Brazil’s wrestling team for the Havana Pan American Games (1991) and qualified for the Olympics in Barcelona (1992). A true legend of the sport, the man from Petropolis also medalled in the Brazilian BJJ nationals in 2002 at the age of 40, being the first man to do so in the adult division.
Considered at one point as the number 2 ranked fighter in MMA’s middleweight division, Paulo Filho is also a BJJ black belt under the late Master Carlson Gracie and one of the most talented fighters of his generation. Sadly, Paulo Filho (a former world jiu jitsu champion) fell victim to depression at the peak of his career, a problem that would damage his career and cause it to end prematurely.
Dustin “Clean” Denes is an American grappler who holds victories over big names in the sport such as Jeff Monson, Raphael Abi Rihan and Marcelo Garcia. A Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt under Marcus “Connan” Silveira, Dustin Denes spent a long time of his life competing and training inBrazilwith masters such as Ricardo De La Riva and Murilo Bustamante.
One of the strongest competitors to have come out of the new Gracie generation, Clark Gracie is a Jiu Jitsu black belt having been taught by both his father, Carley Gracie, and Rodrigo Medeiros from the BJJ Revolution team, with whom Clark Gracie has trained for most of his competitive career.
Samir Chantre is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt under Alan Moraes, though much of his training has been supervised also by world champion Caio Terra. Samir Chantre has an extensive competitive record in which he obtained medals at important tournaments such as the World Nogi Championships, the Brazilian Nationals and the European Open. Samir also has a brother, Dahas Neto, who is a BJJ black belt.
Ricardo Cavalcanti is one of the most successful BJJ instructors to have moved to the United States from his native Brazil. A true old school black belt, having earned his stripes under Carlson Gracie, Ricardo today coaches at his academies – Team Cavalcanti – spread out through the Nevada territory.
Marcos da Matta, also known as “Parrumpinha” or “Parrumpa”, was one of the top jiu-jitsu super featherweights in the late 1990’s/early 2000’s. This Carlson Gracie black belt would join the American Top Team at a later stage and become one of it’s most prestigious coaches while also leading a successful career in MMA.
Otavio “Peixotinho” is one of the best students of Carlson Gracie in the 1980’s decade and is today one of the most respected jiu jitsu masters in Brazil. Famed for his spectacular fight against two legends, Royler and Rickson Gracie, “Peixotinho” became a synonym of toughness and skill and together with a small group of people; he defined BJJ in the 1980’s. Otavio is also the brother of another prolific Carlson Gracie black belt, Mr Marco Aurélio Kühner.
Master Marcelo Saporito is the head coach of one of the most iconic Brazilian Jiu Jitsu academies in the world, the “Academia Carlson Gracie” in Rua Figueiredo Magalhaes, Copacabana. He took the mammoth task of replacing the late Master Carlson Gracie at the helm of the gym, which he did to perfection with over 200 team titles to this date.
The founder of Rio Jiu Jitsu Club and one of Master Carlson Gracie’s best students, Sergio “Bolao” was one of the best fighters of Jiu Jitsu in the 1980’s with wins over Jean Jacques Machado, Fabio Gurgel, Castello Branco and many others.
One of Carlson Gracie’s most talented black belts, Cassio Cardoso was one of the most important fighters in Jiu Jitsu of the 1980’s, his fights with Marcelo Behring will forever be remembered as one of the most iconic in the sport