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Carlson Gracie Polk County Brazilian Jiu Jitsu BJJ Professor owner and coach North Lakeland

Professor Rafa Santos

4th Degree Black Belt Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Meet Our Head Coach: A Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Master with a Heart for Family and Community

Hello! I’m the proud founder and head coach of our thriving Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) family here at our three schools. Born and raised in Brazil, the heartland of BJJ, I’ve been immersed in this incredible martial art from a young age. Today, I’m honored to hold a 4th-degree black belt—a testament to years of dedication, training, and a deep love for the sport.

My journey in Jiu-Jitsu has been nothing short of exciting. Competing on world stages, I’ve experienced the thrill of high-level competition, understanding both the physical and mental strength it demands. Now, as a coach, I’m thrilled to pass on these lessons to a new generation of competitors. I specialize in training athletes who dream of making their mark in national and international competitions, guiding them with the strategies and techniques that helped me succeed.

But what truly brings joy to my heart is introducing kids to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. It’s more than just a sport; it’s a way to grow stronger, learn discipline, and have fun! I believe that BJJ helps kids in developing not just physical strength but also resilience and respect for others—a real tool for life. Our classes for kids are designed to be fun, educational, and empowering.

Family is everything to me. That’s why I’ve built a coaching team that’s not just skilled but also shares the same values of community, family, and personal growth. Each of our instructors brings a unique style and experience, but we all have one thing in common: a passion for BJJ and a dedication to our students.

Whether you’re a parent looking for a healthy, fun activity for your kids, an aspiring competitor ready to train hard, or someone curious about BJJ, you’re welcome here. Come join our BJJ family and discover the joy and transformation that Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu can bring into your life!

Black Belts

Carlson Gracie Polk County Brazilian Jiu Jitsu BJJ Black Belt, Coach and Owner Andrew Kinchen

Andrew Kinchen

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Carlson Gracie Polk County Brazilian Jiu Jitsu BJJ Black Belt in North Lakeland Florida

Rick Trasport

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Eddie Sebastia

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Carlson Gracie Polk County Brazilian Jiu Jitsu BJJ Black Belt in Winter Haven

James Bennett

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Carlson Gracie Polk County Brazilian Jiu Jitsu BJJ Black Belt and Coach Christian in North Lakeland

Christian Reed

1st Black Belt

Carlson Gracie Polk County Brazilian Jiu Jitsu BJJ Black Belt in South Lakeland

Chris Lowe

1st Black Belt

Carlson Gracie Polk County Brazilian Jiu Jitsu BJJ Black Belt in South Lakeland Florida

Brian Bradway

1st Black Belt

Carlson Gracie Polk County Brazilian Jiu Jitsu BJJ Black Belt in North Lakeland

Saul Torres

1st Black Belt

Carlson Gracie Polk County Brazilian Jiu Jitsu BJJ Black Belt in South Lakeland

Joe Bunting

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Carlson Gracie Polk County Brazilian Jiu Jitsu BJJ Black Belt in North Lakeland

Jeremy Wright

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Patrick Skully

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Carlson Gracie Polk County Brazilian Jiu Jitsu BJJ Black Belt and Coach Pedro in North Lakeland

Pedro Lopez

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Carlson Gracie Polk County Brazilian Jiu Jitsu BJJ Black Belt in North Lakeland

Morgan Kennedy

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Carlson Gracie Polk County Brazilian Jiu Jitsu BJJ Black Belt in Winter Haven

Jacob Brown

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Samuel Kimmel

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Zachary Hall

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Rick Taylor

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Kevin Harrison

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