Today’s “Pioneers of the Sport” focuses on Mauricio Gomes. To many he is simply known as Roger Gracie’s dad, but in addition to being the father of the most dominating figure in BJJ, Mauricio is also a member of Roll Gracie’s “Famous Five”.

This seventh degree coral belt paved the way for BJJ in Europe. In 1998, Gomes opened the first Gracie Barra UK in Birmingham, England. Later, Gracie Barra UK under Roger’s and Mauricio’s leadership grew to London, Edinburgh and Belfast. Today, these academies are run by some of the top BJJ instructors in all of Europe.

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