Gracie Barra Carrollton Instructors
The Gracie Barra legacy is one of many champions built by great Professors and Masters. Beyond the Jiu-Jitsu contest arena, lessons that are taught by our instructors have positively impacted the lives of hundreds of communities and thousands of people over the years.
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.
Professor Valerio Mori Ubaldini
A good instructor teaches students how to defend themselves, a great instructor teaches students how to live.
Valerio Mori Ubaldini comes to Gracie Barra from Italy. He began Jiu Jitsu in 2008, and after one month of training, he won his first competition at fourteen years old…..in the adult division. He achieved his black belt in only 8 years of training, during which time he trained with Professor Victor Estima in Knottingham and Professor Jefferson Moura in Brazil.
Professor Valerio is a two time FILA Champion, a two time WTKA World Champion, a four time Italian National Champion, European Champion, and Canary Island Champion, an IBJJF World Champion, and took first place in the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Professional Cup. He is also the only Italian to win the Brazilian National Championship.
Professor Valerio is excited to be joining the Gracia Barra team, and he looks forward to helping others on their Jiu Jitsu journey.
Professor Mauro Felipe
Third Degree Black Belt
Professor Mauro Felipe has journeyed from Brazil to join the Gracie Barra family!
Professor Mauro has been training jiu-jitsu for twenty years, and he is a third degree black belt, earning his belt under Alexandre de Souza in Brazil. He has been teaching jiu-jitsu for ten years.
Professor Mauro has won numerous awards and competitions, including IBJJF South American Champion, IBJJF South Brazilian Champion, IBJJF Floripa Open Champion, IBJJF Austin Open Champion, IBJJF Dallas Open Champion, F2WPRO 22 Dallas Champion, UAEJJF Dubai Open Champion, UAEJJF Dubai Open No Gi Champion, UAEJJF Al Ain Open-2nd Place, Brazil Cup Champion, and IBJJF Dallas Spring Open-3rd Place.
Professor Mauro has been married to his wife, Francine, for five years, and they have a three-year-old son named Benjamin. He is excited to be joining the Gracie Barra family as well, and looks forward to lending his knowledge and expertise in order to help others along their jiu-jitsu journey.
Colin has been training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for over 10 years consistently and teaching or assisting at least 8 of those years. In those 10 years Colin has ranked in different organizations as the number 1 competitor and obtained many medals in competition. However, Colin believes the caring approach and attentiveness in his teaching is far more important than any medal could be. He believes Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is more than just a martial art, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a lifestyle and a tool for never ending self-improvement. Colin lives his life by a set of moral and ethical codes, the most important of which is, “Every day, you should wake up and be better than you were the day before.”
Every person walks through the doors of a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu academy for different reasons. Some want to be the best competitor, some are parents who want their child to build confidence and physical fitness, and some are working professionals who are looking for a fun hobby. Whatever the reason, Gracie Barra Tyler can and will help you achieve your goals. While Colin specializes in working with children (Something he has wanted to do his whole life). He is also very adept in working with adults of all ages and body types.
Colin’s teaching style is not a singular approach, but a constantly adapting and changing approach to the art because what may work for a 6’3” man may not work for a 5’4” woman. Colin believes Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a never ending journey that everyone if able should embark on at some point in their life.
Professor Vinicius Draculino Magalhaes
Fourth Degree Black Belt
Professor Vinicius Draculino Magalhaes is the head instructor of Gracie Barra Texas and Gracie Barra – BH Schools. With more then 17 years of teaching experience, he is a primary example of a man who is fully dedicating his life to his children ( Jade and Igor), his wife ( Monica), Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Gracie Barra and its members. 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 collects many titles such as a 4-time Pan American Champion, 1 time no gi Pan American Chamion- 2008, 2 Time Brazilian National Champion, 2 Time Silver Medalist at the World BJJ Championships, MMA Lightweight Champion and Abu-Dhabi veteran. Besides these titles as a competitor, Professor Vinicius is considered one of the best instructors in the BJJ world. Among his students, you will find worlds, Pan Ams, national BJJ champions, more than 78 Black Belts, MMA and Grappling champions. Professor Vinicius is also a lawyer in Brazil, graduated in the UFRJ (Federal University of Rio De Janeiro), one of the top three law schools in the country.