Photos – The Kyra Gracie Story

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Kyra Gracie Guimarães (born May 29, 1985) is a member of the Gracie family and a former world-champion Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ) practitioner.

She is one of only two Gracie women to achieve a black belt in BJJ and is the first Gracie female to actively compete in the sport.

For several years she lived full-time in the United States, where she is associated with the Renzo Gracie Academy in New York and the Gracie Barra Academy in Lake Forest, California.

In 2009, she moved back to her native Brazil, however, she still maintains her U.S. green card and must spend at least 6 months of the year living in the United States.

Gracie won the women’s under 60 kg title at the ADCC submission championships in 2005, 2007, and 2011.

She finished first at the IBJJF world championships in 2006, twice in 2008 (lightweight and absolute divisions), and 2010 She also finished second in 2004, 2005, twice in 2009 (light and open divisions), and 2011.

She is also associated with the Gracie Barra Academy and Evolve/Gordo Jiu Jitsu Academy in Rio de Janeiro.

Gracie competed in tournament six of Kunoichi, the female version of Sasuke (or Ninja Warrior). She is currently training for her debut in MMA. In addition to BJJ, she also trains in judo and wrestling.

In 2010, Gracie began competing for the newly formed Gracie Elite Team, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu competition team, composed of competitors representing Rilion Gracie, Renzo Gracie, Ralph Gracie, Cesar Gracie, and the late Ryan Gracie’s respective academies.

In 2010, Gracie, along with family members Rillion, Rolles, Roger, Igor, and Gregor began Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Adventure Camp. The purpose of the camp is to provide training in Brazilian jiu-jitsu with access to the local tourism of the various host countries. She is currently training for her debut in MMA.

Gracie has 4 younger half-siblings: 3 half-sisters and a half-brother. Her mother, Flavia Gracie, and her uncles Charles Gracie, Ralph Gracie, Renzo Gracie, Ryan Gracie (now deceased) all practice BJJ. She is the granddaughter of Robson Gracie and the great-granddaughter of Carlos Gracie.

Gracie has one child, a girl, with the Brazilian actor Malvino Salvador.


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