Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Kyra Gracie

Kyra Gracie Guimarães (born May 29, 1985) is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) practitioner and grappling world champion.

She is one of the few Gracie women to achieve a black belt in BJJ and is the first Gracie female to actively compete in the sport. Kyra began training in BJJ under her uncles Renzo, Ralph, and Ryan and her great-uncle Carlos Gracie, Jr. in 1996 at the age of 11. In 2005, at the age of 20 after 9 years of training Kyra was promoted to black belt by Carlos Gracie, Jr.. 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.

She is also associated with the Gracie Barra Academy in Rio de Janeiro. Gracie competed in tournament six of Kunoichi, the female version of Sasuke (or Ninja Warrior)but failed early in the First Stage. In addition to BJJ she also trains in Judo and wrestling.

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

Kyra is currently training to make her MMA debut in 2011. Since January 2010, she has been training in boxing at the Nobre Arte gym in the Morro do Cantagalo area of Rio de Janeiro under the tutelage of boxing coach Claudio Coelho, to complement her grappling skills.

In 2010, Kyra along with family members Rillion, Rolles, Roger, Igor, and Gregor Gracie 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.

Grappling credentials
* 3x World BJJ Champion (2006, 2008, 2010)
* 5x Pan American BJJ Games Champion (2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007)
* 5x Brazilian BJJ Champion (1998, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2008)
* 5x New York State BJJ Champion (1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002)
* 2x ADCC (Abu Dhabi Combat Club) Submission Wrestling World Champion (2005, 2007)
* 1x Asiatic BJJ Champion (2006)

Born : May 29, 1985 (1985-05-29)
Rio de Janeiro (state) Brazil Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Nationality : Brazil Brazilian
Height : 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Weight: 130 lb (59 kg; 9.3 st)
Style : Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, Wrestling, Boxing
Team : Gracie Elite Team
Renzo Gracie Combat Team
Gracie Barra Combat Team
Rank : 1st degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Occupation : Instructor

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