Professor Crosley Gracie joins the show to talk about the challenges of growing up as a Gracie, fighting for Pride and Pancrase, Jiu-Jitsu for MMA and his epic match against his cousin Ryron Gracie! Click “read more” for show notes! 


  • Growing up as a Gracie
  • How being a Gracie made him a target as a young man in Brazil
  • His father, Master Rosley Gracie
  • How his father’s entrepreneurial spirit influenced him later in life
  • Learning from his uncle Master Reylson Gracie
  • Has Jiu-Jitsu been watered down over time?
  • Learning from Carlson Gracie Sr
  • Master Ricardo Liborio
  • Moving to the US / Training under Master Ralph Gracie
  • Balancing a well rounded top and bottom game
  • His guard game
  • Applying the guard to larger opponents
  • His MMA career
  • Dealing with the pressure and nerves of fighting
  • Jiu-Jitsu for MMA
  • Why he doesn’t teach striking to kids
  • His thoughts on competition  as a tool for self improvement
  • His match against his cousin Ryron Gracie in 2001
  • His favorite aspects of teaching Jiu-Jitsu
  • Why he prefers a smaller affiliation
  • His upcoming seminar in China