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.
Prof. Rodrigo moved to Santa Barbara in 2003. Just a few months later, Gracie Barra Santa Barbara was found. Originally located on Mason St., GB Santa Barbara quickly started to get momentum. And in just a couple of years GBSB had become a part of the Santa Barbara community, and a popular destination for people interested in living the Brazilian jiu-jitsu lifestyle in Santa Barbara.
Aside from leading the Gracie Barra school in Santa barbara, Prof. Clark is currently the President of the National Jiu-Jitsu Federation. The Mission of the NJJF, 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.