Master Carlos Gracie Jr
Master Carlos Gracie Jr. is a man ahead of his time. Son of Grand Carlos Gracie Sr., he has used his unique visionary skills to create two of the world’s largest and most important Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Organizations: the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) and Gracie Barra. As founder and current Chairman of both institutions, he has channeled
his entrepreneurship to take our sport to the next level allowing thousands of individuals across the five continents to experience the ‘Gentle Art’ as students, instructors, or competitors.
After working for many years as an instructor at his Uncle Helio and then his brother Rolls school, Carlos wanted to pursue the dream of having his own school. But it was not until 1986 that Gracie Barra was officially founded – on the same building that it stands today. He envisioned Jiu-Jitsu as a tool to support any person individual on the quest to achieve his or her potential. He believed teaching in such a way, the most talented and dedicated people would naturally develop to become great athletes. It worked. On Gracie Barra mats, some of the toughest Jiu-Jitsu champions were made and countless doctors, engineers, lawyers, and all kids of people from different ages and background found a positive learning environment they could learn exceptional Jiu-Jitsu techniques and be inspired by Master Carlos Gracie Jr.’s ideals of healthy leaving, good diet, and great friends.
Professor Vinicius “Draculino” Magalhães
Professor Vinicius “Draculino” Magalhães is the head instructor of Gracie Barra Texas and Gracie Barra – BH Schools (more info about GBBH at www.jjbh.com). With more than 20 years of teaching experience, he is a primary example of a man who is fully dedicating his life to his Children (Jade and Igor), his wife (Monica), Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Gracie Barra and its members. Prof. Draculino‘s personality, enthusiasm, integrity, charisma and leadership make the essence of GB Texas and GBBH and touch all those around him. A great competition background in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Submission Wrestling and MMA qualifies him as one of the best featherweight competitors in BJJ history. He holds many titles such as: a 4-time Pan American Champion, 1 time no gi pan American champion- 2008, 2 Times Brazilian national champion, 2 Times Silver medalist at the world BJJ championships, MMA lightweight champion in Brazil, Strike Force Feather weight Winner and Abu-Dhabi veteran.
Besides these titles held as a competitor and fighter, Professor Vinicius is considered one of the best instructors in the BJJ world. Among his students, you will find world champions, Pan Ams, national BJJ champions, more than 100 Black Belts, MMA and Grappling champions spread all over the World. Professor Vinicius is also a Lawyer in Brazil and graduated from the UFRJ (Federal University of Rio De Janeiro) which is one of the top three Law schools in the country.
Professor Tyler Bosard
Founder and Professor of Gracie Barra Rio Grande Valley Academies
Professor of Gracie Barra Lakeway Academy
Professor Tyler Bosard was the first Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt in the Rio Grande Valley and is the only Gracie Barra Certified Black Belt Instructor in the RGV.
He was first introduced to Jiu Jitsu in 1998 while in college at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas under Klay Pittman, now a 3rd degree Black Belt under world renowned Professor Carlos Machado. This is also where Tyler was first introduced to his current, Professor, mentor and friend, Vinicius “Draculino” Magalhaes. Tyler was so influenced by Professor Draculino’s insight, charisma, devotion and dedication to Jiu Jitsu he knew it would be something he would eventually make his life´s work.
During Tyler´s last semester in college he worked 3 jobs with the intention to save every dime to be able to move to Brazil after graduating. Upon graduating from Texas Tech University, Tyler packed his bags and moved to Brazil where he furthered his Jiu Jitsu education under now 5th degree Gracie Barra Black Belt Carlos Liberi in Campinas, Sao Paulo and the great Master Carlos Gracie Jr at Gracie Barra in Rio de Janiero. Being so close to the origins and legacy of Jiu Jitsu and exposed to such influential Jiu Jitsu ideology Tyler was further reassured that Jiu Jitsu was a life enhancing sport that he would continue for the rest of his life and wanted to share with others.
Upon returning to Texas, Tyler eventually landed Dallas, Texas where he worked multiple odd jobs but never neglected training and dedicated his free time to improving and increasing his knowledge and skill of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Professor Carlos Machado. Being transferred out of the Dallas area for work, Tyler would drive many hours to seek training in Houston under Professor “Draculino” and to Corpus Christi to train with friend and Draculino Black Belt Leo Cantu.
Years of hard work and dedication to the sport paid off when he received his Black Belt from Professor Vinicius “Draculino” Magalhaes early in 2009, the same year he opened Gracie Barra Rio Grande Valley in Brownsville, Texas. Coming full circle in his Jiu Jitsu career Tyler now has been blessed of making his dream become a reality.
Tyler works hard every day striving to improve his teaching skills and his students knowledge by staying up to date with all Gracie Barra and IBJJF Instructor Certifications and Conferences. He also is continuously improving his own knowledge, skill and training by training with his students every day, competing as much as possible and annual trips to Brazil.
Tyler takes pride in spreading the knowledge of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to anyone interested, hoping it will bring them as much happiness and fulfillment in their life as it has for him.
Ricardo “Pezão” Castañeda
Ricardo is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu purple belt under professor Alexandre “Dande” Santos. Ricardo got his start in Jiu-Jitsu in New York City under Renzo Gracie/John Danaher black belt Aaron Milam. He trained with Professor Aaron for close to a year before moving to back to Brownsville, Texas.
In Brownsville, Ricardo met Professor Tyler Bosard where he trained before moving to Austin. Professor Tyler pointed Ricardo in the direction of Professor Dande at Gracie Barra South Austin citing the immense influence Professor Dande’s technical expertise would have on his growth and development. Ricardo has been groomed by Professor Dande for various roles in Jiu-Jitsu including, but not limited to becoming a head instructor and successful athlete helping achieve and exceed many of his goals along the way.
Under Professor Dande’s mentorship, Ricardo started teaching soon after receiving his blue belt and in addition, has won many local and regional competitions. Last year, Ricardo turned his competitive focus exclusively to larger scale competition, choosing only to compete in International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation championships where he has achieved numerous gold and silver medals in Houston, Dallas, Austin and Atlanta Open tournaments as well as a few medals in the open-weight divisions as well.
In addition to being an avid competitor, coach Ricardo is very passionate about training and teaching. His enthusiasm is unmatched and he is always thirsty for knowledge. Despite holding Bachelors and Masters degrees in Psychology, he has dedicated his life to teaching, training and learning Jiu-Jitsu. Because of his academic background, he takes a very academic approach to learning and often utilizes many of the techniques he has picked up in undergraduate and graduate study in order to maximize learning and effectiveness on and off the mats.