Team Members

Instructors at the Clark Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Accademy in Irvine.

CLARK GRACIE JIU-JITSU is the home of the world famous Gracie Family Sport and Self Defense Jiu-Jitsu programs and, as such, world class instructors teach classes throughout the year in our facility. We are proud to introduce you to our resident instructors teaching exclusively at our school year round.


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PROFESSOR CLARK GRACIE: FOUNDER OF CLARK  GRACIE JIU-JITSU

In 2010 Clark Gracie was awarded his black belt under his father Grand Master Carley Gracie. Now he finds himself on top of podiums at worldwide events against some of the best competitors in the world. .

Being the grandson of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu founder Carlos Gracie, Clark has had a large legacy to live up to. He does it with grace, fluidity and apparent ease. Over the course of his career he has used the skills taught to him by his family to develop a style all his own. This same style is setting the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world on fire. Under the tutelage of his father Carley Gracie, and his coach Rodrigo Medeiros, Clark has become the most active competing member of the Gracie family.

The majority of the year you will find Clark teaching at his Southern California academies, but he also enjoys to travel abroad, mostly for tournaments and seminars, as well as to taste the flavors of jiu-jitsu worldwide. With quite a nomadic childhood, this should not surprise anyone. His love of travel stems from growing up between San Francisco and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. As much as Clark enjoys the sights abroad he is always happy to return to the place he calls home in Southern California. It is there that Clark teaches and practices the family values passed down to him from preceding generations.

As a competitor, Prof. Clark Gracie has accomplished what very few athletes across all sports have been able to. His main titles so far are:

  • * World Champion
  • * Pan American Champion
  • * National Champion
  • * Abu Dhabi Trial Champion
  • * ADCC Champion
  • * Arizona State Grappling Champion
  • * New York Open Champion
  • * San Diego Open Champion

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PROFESSOR CEDRIC CHAMOUILLE: JIU-JITSU HEEAD INSTRUCTOR AND ACADEMY FOUNDER

His dedication to constantly study and keep up with the evolution of Jiu-Jitsu techniques makes taking the classes he teaches a one of a kind experience. World classes Jiu-Jitsu instructors and competitors have come from all over the world to learn from Cedric. People who have taken his classes all praised his unique attention to details, the way he breaks down the techniques for students to truly be able to understand, remember, and apply them.

Professor Cedric’s teaching background and credentials are as impressive as they are unique. On his way to becoming the instructor he is today, he has studied and received numerous certifications from the top members of the Gracie Family and the Jiu-Jitsu community world wide. Professor Cedric is extremely proud and honored to have studied the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Carlos Gracie Jr, Marcio Feitosa, Kayron Gracie, Ronis Gracie, Flavio Almeida, Otavio Sousa, Ricardo Testai, Lucas Rocha, Andre Fernandes, Rodrigo Freitas, and Marco Joca.

He started teaching Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as a blue belt in 2008 at the Gracie Barra world Headquarter under the guidance of Kayron Gracie, and many more top Jiu-Jitsu competitors and instructors who have all praised Professor Cedric’s knowledge of Jiu-Jitsu as well as his teaching skills. After many years of hard work and dedication, he received his brown belt from Master Carlos Gracie Jr. himself with 11 black belts and more than 30 students in attendance, many of them world class Jiu-Jitsu practitioners.

In 2012 in the city of Irvine California, Professor Cedric opened the second location of the now worldwide Gracie Gym organization with the help and guidance of his dear friend and Gracie Gym Co-Founder: Ronis Gracie.

Now a brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt, Professor Cedric’s wealth of experience is perfect for anyone from beginners to professional who wishes to better their Jiu-Jitsu and self defense skills, or for anybody just looking to get fit in a fun way. Cedric teaches classes daily at Gracie Gym Irvine.


eugenePROFESSOR EUGENE CHAR: JIU-JITSU HEAD INSTRUCTOR

Professor Eugene began training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in 2005 when the original Gracie Barra academy in Rio de Janeiro expanded to the United States to establish a North American school in Lake Forest, CA. When the school grew and relocated to become the Gracie Barra Headquarter (GBHQ), Professor Eugene began to assist in classes as a purple belt and joined the staff as an instructor. He was eventually promoted to black belt by Master Carlos Gracie Jr., the founder of Gracie Barra and the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF), in January 2013. Having transitioned from a competitive background to coaching and teaching, he joined Gracie Gym Irvine at the beginning of 2014.

Having been under the direct tutelage of Master Carlos Gracie Jr. and Marcio Feitosa since white belt, Professor Eugene has never stopped training. He has also been taught by many elite Jiu-Jitsu champions (Worlds, Pan-Ams, European, and Brazilian Nationals), such as Otavio Souza, Kayron Gracie, Philipe Della Monica, and Flavio Almeida. Having also trained in Brazil under Professor Ze Radiola at GB Pernambuco, he continues to study the evolution of Jiu-Jitsu while maintaining the traditional self-defense fundamentals of the art. His BJJ knowledge is further complemented by his prior martial arts background studying Shotokan karate and judo for several years.

Professor Eugene has also been a full-time social science teacher at La Habra High School in La Habra, CA since 1997. He was the head water polo, swimming, and tennis coach for over ten combined seasons. His boys’ water polo teams have achieved six Freeway League championships and two runner-up league titles. They were also ranked in the C.I.F. Division II Top-10 and Orange County Top-10 for eight consecutive seasons. He has produced numerous All-League, All-C.I.F., and All-American scholar-athletes that have gone on to compete at various collegiate levels. Professor Eugene was selected as the head coach for the 2002 North Orange County All-Star team as well as the U.S. Youth National Team zone selection camps in 1999 and 2000.

He currently resides in Irvine with his wife, also a school teacher, and three sons.


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COACH PHARAOE YOUNG: JIU-JITSU INSTRUCTOR

CACH PHARAOE IS A SEASONED SUBIMISSION GRAPPLER AND JIU-JITSU ATHLETE. HE HAS WON MULTIPLE TOURNAMENTS INCULDING THE 2016 IRVINE OPEN WHO DREW MORE THAN 1500 COMPETITIORS.

COACH PHARAOE IS ESPECIALLY GOOD WITH KIDS, AND A TREMENDOUS ASSETS TO OUR KIDS PROGRAM. HE IS A KEY PART IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF COORDINATION, MOTION, AND MOTOR SKILLS IN OUR LITTLE CHAMPIONS AND JUNIOR CHAMPIONS PROGRMAS. OUR STUDENTS ABSOLUTLY ADORE HIM.

 

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COACH DIEGO PAEZ: MUAY THAI HEAD INSTRUCTOR

COACH DIEGO BRINGS YEARS OF EXPERIENCE AS A PROFESSIONAL ATHLETE AND INSTRUCTOR IN MUAY THAI. HE IS AN OUTSTANDING TEACHER WITH A GREAT OUTGOING PERSONALITY, AS WELL AS A HIGHLY REGARDED COMPETITOR. HE IS A DEMANDING AND FAIR INSTRUCTOR WHO PUSHES HIS STUDENTS TO BE THE BEST VERSION OF THEMSELVES.