History of Carlson
Stockman Jiu-Jitsu is proud to be an affiliate of Carlson Gracie Team in the direct lineage of the creator of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Carlos Gracie.
In 1918, Mitsuyo Maeda Koma was overseeing Japanese immigration to Brazil when he met an influential businessman named Gustao Gracie. A jiu-jitsu champion, Koma began training Gustao’s son Carlos. After mastering the techniques and adapting them to suit his needs, Carlos opened a jiu-jitsu academy in Rio De Janeiro and began issuing the famous “Gracie Challenge.” The challenge was an open invitation for men to test their fighting skills against Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and the Gracies rarely lost.
These Gracie Challenges whetted Brazilians’ appetites for no holds barred fighting, which came to be known as Vale Tudo. Carlos’ son Carlson was the family champion from the 1950s through the 1970s and operated the second-ever Gracie Academy just outside of Rio.
Carlson continued to train champions through the early 1990s, when his cousins Rorion and Royce brought Vale Tudo to America in the form of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. The UFC’s focus on functional martial arts generated a firestorm of interest in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu around the world, and Carlson’s son, Carlson Gracie Jr. picked up stakes and moved the United States, establishing Gracie academies in Chicago and Murrieta, Calif.
Following Carlson Gracie Sr.’s death in 2006, Carlson Jr. became the head of Carlson Gracie Team. Carlson Gracie Team includes such notable competitors and instructors as former WEC Bantamweight Champion Miguel Torres, UFC veteran Stephan Bonner, Rey Diogo, Rodrigo Medeiros, and Marcelo Alonso.