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Braulio Estima

4th degree BJJ Black Braulio Estima, Multiple BJJ World Champion and current ADCC Champion is the owner of Gracie Barra Birmingham, England. One of the most successful BJJ/ Mixed Martial Arts Academies in the UK and is located in the centre of the city.

Braulio stumbled across BJJ accidently, from the age of 10 he did Judo for 2 years, up until the sad death of his instructor, which hit him hard and his interest in Judo waned. Later on a friend and former training partner from Judo recommended he tried BJJ as it was similar to Judo. He did it to help improve his Judo but ultimately he fell in love with BJJ and his journey began. Braulio’s instructor and loyal, lifetime friend Ze Radiola proved to be the most influential person in his career.

Braulio’s progression to each belt level was incredible. He progressed from a white belt to a blue belt in 10 months, blue to purple in 2 years 4 months and purple to brown in 2 years 8 months,

In December 2002 Braulio came to England as a brown belt to teach BJJ and compete. On 4th January 2004,Carlos Gracie Junior awarded Braulio his Brazilian Jiu-jitsu black belt in Birmingham, England, where Braulio had established roots after meeting Roger Gracie.

Braulio set up home in England, and remains here with his beautiful family, wife and two young sons.

As a young boy growing up in Brazil, Brazillian Jiu-jitsu saved and changed Braulio’s life, it gave him goals. As a young man the sport helped him loose his ultra hard ego and he quickly learnt that BJJ was something that he was very good at. Suddenly his whole life and attitude towards life changed as well as his mentality and health. BJJ made him the man, the champion he is today. Without it he would be lost, it has taught him many things, developed his respect, self discipline, his outlook on life, generally everything. Most importantly it taught him the importance of perseverance and to never lose faith,

As his name and achievements spread worldwide his popularity and fans continue to grow. He is in demand nationally and internationally and constantly receives emails from different countries from men, women and children telling him that he inspired them, that he was their role model. It gives him a great sense of pride and achievement as he built his fame and success from nothing.

Braulio’s life journey hasn’t been a smooth one, often faced with ups and downs but he is never discouraged. 2011 was a rollercoaster year for the great champion. Sadly he lost his best friend Steve Fan to cancer at the early part of the year and the loss affected him terribly. At last minute Braulio decided to compete in the IBJJF European Championships and win gold in honour of his friend, and that is exactly what he did, it was a very humble and emotional occasion. On returning from Lisbon he immediately then underwent surgery on his neck which saw him out of action for a few months. But more determined than ever he bounced back and after vigorous physio, training, strength and conditioning his fitness level was the best it had ever been as he prepared for his ADCC Superfight against Jacre. Ultimately he won and was ADCC Champion 2011. Weeks later following this success Braulio was inducted into Combat Magazine Martial Arts Hall Of Fame Awards 2011 at a ceremony held in the UK and televised worldwide.

From having nothing to becoming the greatest grappler in the world amongst other great things and other great titles is an amazing achievement. A loveable friendly rogue with a big heart, big smile and great courage. A role model to all men, women, young and old.

A Focussed, motivated competitive and ambitious person Braulio remains very much a very humble and down to earth character. He is determined to expand Gracie Barra in Europe but is lifetime objective is to contribute as much as he possibly can to the development of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and make his name in the MMA world.

With the great continued support from his family, wife, brother, in laws, students, instructors and loyal friends who have accompanied him on this great journey, he continues to be thrive successfully.

Rob Staples

Rob Staples is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu 2nd degree black belt under Braulio Estima.

Rob is the head Brazilian Jiu Jitsu instructor at Gracie Barra Channel Islands and teaches all of the BJJ classes in Jersey, along with the help of some of the higher graded students.

Rob is a very thorough instructor and ensures that all the students learn all the tiny details in the various techniques.

Along with the regular BJJ classes, Rob also teaches private lessons in Gi and or no gi.

Use the contact form in the menu bar if you would like to find out more regarding private lessons.


Business Hours
08:30 – 20:30



07797 733037


Room G, Fort Regent
Mount Bingham, St Helier
Jersey, JE2 4UX