Meet the Staff at Gracie Barra Pearland!
Vinicius “Draculino” Magalhaes
6th Degree Black Belt
Professor Vinicius Draculino Magalhaes is the head instructor of Gracie Barra Texas and Gracie Barra – BH Schools (more info about GBBH atdraculinoteam.com.br). Prof. Draculino‘s personality, enthusiasm, integrity, charisma and leadership make the essence of GB Texas and GBBH and touch all those around him. A great competition background in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Submission Wrestling and MMA qualifies him as one of the best featherweight competitors in BJJ history. He holds many titles such as: a 4-time Pan American Champion, 1 time no gi pan American champion- 2008, 2 Times Brazilian national champion, 2 Times Silver medalist at the world BJJ championships, MMA lightweight champion in Brazil, Strike Force Feather weight Winner and Abu-Dhabi veteran. Besides these titles held as a competitor and fighter, Professor Vinicius is considered one of the best instructors in the BJJ world. Among his students, you will find world champions, Pan Ams, national BJJ champions, more than 100 Black Belts, MMA and Grappling champions spread all over the World. Professor Vinicius is also a Lawyer in Brazil and graduated from the UFRJ (Federal University of Rio De Janeiro) which is one of the top three Law schools in the country. Recently, Professor Draculino launched a BJJ training website with online classes where people can access great techniques and class schedules for any computer or IPhone.draculinobjjtraining.com With more than 20 years of teaching experience, he is a primary example of a man who is fully dedicating his life to his children, his wife, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Gracie Barra and its members. “I joined GB because some of my childhood friends were training there and I saw how confident, fit and brave they became.,” Draculino said. “The family atmosphere of the school was at is amazing. I have my blood family and my Gracie Barra family!
Marcelo “Uirapuru” Azevedo
4th Degree Black Belt
Marcelo Azevedo, also known by his nickname “Uirapuru” is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt under the illustrious Vinicius Draculino. Prof. Marcelo filled in Draculino’s boots as head coach of Gracie Barra Belo Horizonte head quarters after the departure of the famous instructor to the United States. Marcelo Uirapuru is an accomplished grappler with wins in important Jiu Jitsu tournaments such as the Mundial and the World No Gi Championships, having also vast experience in MMA. Marcelo is the only person to win three fights in one night in an MMA tournament in Brazil.
Besides being a decorated competitor, Professor Marcelo has helped develop the games of world champions such as Felipe Preguica, Gabriel Arges, Pedro Araujo and many others. He has also worked with UFC fighters Valentina Shevchenko and Juliana Lima to develop their ground game.
4 Times Jiu Jitsu World Champion
3 Times Jiu Jitsu Pan American Champion
4 Times Brazilian National Jiu Jitsu Champion
World No Gi Champion
Pan American No Gi Champion
Brazilian National Champion
Amateur MMA Record: 3-0
Meet Isai Cabrera, assistant coach to the kid’s classes. Isai has been a member of Gracie Barra Texas for over 7 years, where he attained a brown belt in Jiu Jitsu and many competition accomplishments. Aside from multiple local wins, Isai is a two time Houston Open Champion, an American Nationals Runner Up and an undefeated MMA fighter. Some of the highlights of his MMA career include victories in the Legacy Fighting Championship, Vengeance Fighting Alliance and Cage Combat. “I joined Gracie Barra to compete in MMA, with no knowledge of what Brazilian Jiu Jitsu really was,” Isai said. “I ended up really enjoying the sport and the atmosphere our team has. I love the closeness of our members and how we help open doors for each other to succeed on and off the mats.”
Yoga Instructor and BJJ Black Belt
Yoga and Woman’s Self Defense Professor
Mariana Azevedo is a certified teacher of Swasthya Yoga as well as a World Champion in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. She teaches the Yoga classes here at GB Pearland and is an assistant coach for the kid’s classes. Mariana is great competitor and coach who excels at helping others reach their goals both mentally and physically!
3 Times Jiu Jitsu World Champion
Pan American Jiu jitsu Champion
Victor is an assistant coach to the kid’s and juniors’ classes. He has been a member of Gracie Barra for more than three years and started training at Gracie Barra in Brazil. He became member of Gracie Barra Pearland after he moved to the United States and since then he has achieved victory in many tournaments. He wants to make Jiu-Jitsu his lifestyle.