Braulio “Carcara” Estima – Called the “Falcon” in Portuguese, is one of the most prolific jiu jitsu practitioners in the World today. Braulio ranks in the top 5 competitors in the World, and in addition, he is also one of the most well respected Instructors in the World.
In 2003 Braulio won the Pan Ams as a Brown Belt submitting 7 people in a total of 5 minutes and 24 seconds. By the end of that year, Braulio met an old training partner by the name of Alain Pozo, who at the time resided in London. Alain invited Braulio to the United Kingdom to try his luck in Europe, and he did not hesitate to jump at the opportunity.
In London, Braulio trained for a short while at Carlson Gracie’s team in the famous “Boiler Room” Academy, but soon Mauricio Gomes (The Gracie Barra representative in the country) spotted the talent in young Braulio and took him under his wing. Maricio saw that Braulio was an excellent training partner for his son Roger Gracie, and he wasn’t wrong. The two fighters training together grew exponentially to the point where they became two of the best Brazilian Jiu Jitsu fighters on the planet. Braulio also started teaching in Gracie Barra – Birmingham around that time, taking over the academy that Mauricio Gomes had started.
Braulio was awarded his Black Belt in January 2004 winning the Mundial (World Championship) as a middleweight on that same year. He has gone from strength to strength in the sport winning every major tournament there is in the Black Belt division.
In the 2009 ADCC, Braulio defeated big names such as Marcelo Garcia, Xande Ribeiro and André Galvão with his famous “inverted triangle” technique clinching the Absolute and 88K division. September of 2011, at the last ADCC Championships, Braulio defeated Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza in the highly anticipated Super Fight, which was featured globally. Of which Braulio dedicated the victory to a very close friend, Steven Fan, which had passed away shortly before his competition.
The ADCC win catapulted him to signing with Authentic Sports Management for his MMA career. He joins the likes of Rashad Evans, Kenny Florian, Jake Shields and Roy Jones, Jr. as a member of one of the most exciting MMA teams in UFC. The ADCC Superfight win pits Braulio Estima against champion of the Absolute Division, André Galvão who is also a STORM Kimonos® T1ER ONE™ Athlete and is slated to be one of the most anticipated matches in grappling history.