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At Gracie Barra Heights you train with the best

All individuals qualified to teach at a Gracie Barra School are instructors, including Masters, Professors, Head Instructors, Chief Instructors and Coaches. Gracie Barra Instructors are held responsible to high standards of etiquette, instruction and philosophy set by Master Carlos Gracie Jr. and the Gracie Barra Association. To maintain the integrity and focus on safety in our schools, all of our instructors are certified. Additionally, our instructors are all required to be CPR/Basic First Aid certified.

Pedro Araújo

Pedro Araújo was born on October 15, 1989 in in Belo Horizonte – state of Minas Gerais, Brazil.

Pedro’s initiation in martial arts was made through judo, a sport he played throughout his childhood, competing on a regional and state level.

In 2009 Araújo decided to give mixed martial arts (MMA) a try. After 3 months of MMA practice, the gym where he trained cancelled the classes, leading Pedro to pick up on Jiu-jitsu. He knew very little about grappling, but it was the only martial art left on the time-table for which he was curious about, particularly since a few of the Jiu- jitsu students also participated in the MMA training.

Araújo stood out from the get-go, conquering numerous important state tournaments with the help of his coaches and also Cássio Francis, one of the team’s top black belts.

While in the US, Pedro Araújo made of Gracie Barra Northridge his home, earning both of following belts (purple and brown) from the team’s leader, Romulo Barral, at the podium of the World Championships. It was also at GB Northridge That Pedro found his interest for coaching, making that a big part of his grappling evolution.

Today manages 2 Gracie Barra Academys in Houston, Texas. Both offer classes with stars of Brazillian Jiu-jitsu. Professionals that really stands out and offer great experience and unique perspective to the students.

4 x BJJ World Champion

Main Achievements

Weight Division

  • World Champion (2015 brown, 2014 purple, 2012 blue absolute)

  • World No-Gi Champion (2013 purple)

  • Pan American Champion (2014 purple)

  • World Championship Runner-up (2012 blue)

  • World No-Gi Championship Runner-up (2014 brown)

  • Abu Dhabi World Pro Runner-up (2014 purple)

  • World No-Gi Championship 3rd Place (2014 brown)

  • Abu Dhabi World Pro 3rd Place (2015 brown)

  • Pan American Championship 3rd Place (2015 brown weight + absolute, 2014 purple absolute)

Favorite Position/Technique


Jessica Flowers (formerly Jessica Oliveira) is a Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt under Henrique Machado – founder of the A.S.L.E. academy (Gracie Barra Amazonas), being also one of the top female athletes in the medium-heavyweight division. Jessica made a name for herself in the lower belt divisions of the sport, particularly as a brown belt, a time when she conquered important medals such as IBJJF World, No-Gi World, Panamerican, European and Brazilian titles – as well as an ADCC finals 2nd place, shocking the world by defeating 7x world champion Gabi Garcia in the semi-final.

5x Black Belt World Champion

Aaron Peña and 

Dimas Chapa

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