Professor Rodrigo Clark
3rd Degree Black Belt
Rodrigo Clark began training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 1993, at the age of 16, under masters Jose Henrique Leao Teixeira and Helio Soneca Moreira. A couple of years later, after being accepted in Law School, at a private university located near the original Gracie Barra Jiu-Jitsu Academy, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Rodrigo became part of the world famous Gracie Barra Team, where he had the chance to learn from the legendary Master Carlos Gracie Jr., and train among the best Jiu-Jitsu fighters in the world.
Professor Rodrigo has over 24 years of experience training and competing in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and has left the mats several times as a champion, winning many national and international titles. Among other achievements, Rodrigo is 7x World No Gi Jiu-Jitsu medalist.
Rodrigo Clark is a Black Belt under Carlos Gracie Jr. and an official Gracie Barra representative. Rodrigo is the owner and head coach of Gracie Barra Santa Barbara.
Aside from leading the Gracie Barra school in Santa barbara, Prof. Clark is currently the President of the United States Jiu-Jitsu Association. The Mission of the USJJA, as a 501-c-3 non-profit organization, is support Jiu-Jitsu athletes and promote the sport of Jiu-Jitsu throughout the U.S., while providing Jiu-Jitsu scholarships for children of low-income families.
The United States Jiu-Jitsu Association is also committed to organizing world-class Jiu-Jitsu tournaments with the purpose of fostering the growth and popularity of Jiu-Jitsu across the country.
Professor Thiago Reinaldo
3rd Degree Black Belt
Professor Thiago Reinaldo is a Black Belt under Master Henrique Machado. Prof. Thiago was born and raised in Amazon. At the age of 15 he started training Jiu-Jitsu in the city of Manaus, where he had the opportunity to train for several years with UFC star Ronaldo “Jacare”, and many other world famous Jiu-Jitsu and MMA champions.
Thiago is an amazing athlete, with an impressive number of titles. Among dozens of National and International titles, Thiago has won the World Championship, Amazon State Jiu-Jitsu Championship, Brazilian National Championship, and most recently the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam.
Currently professor Thiago teaches and trains at Gracie Barra Santa Barbara.