More than just Brazilian jiu-jitsu

Many past and current Brazilian Jiu-jitsu (BJJ) superstars can trace their lineage back to Carlson Gracie. If you are looking to join a dynamic academy with a proud yet humble lineage, then you need to train with the Carlson Gracie Team in Melbourne.

The Beginning

Our History

Carlson Gracie Senior was born August 13th in the 1930s and was the first born son of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu founder Carlos Gracie and his first wife, Carmen. Carlson was immersed and excelled at the art of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu from his infancy. Learning from his father and his uncle Helio, Carlson participated in his first Martial Arts competition at the age of five!

Carlson became an avid competitor as he grew older. He won the first official Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournament in Rio de Janeiro: The Campeonato Carioca de Jiu-Jitsu.

Carlson honed his fighting skills against people who challenged the Gracie Academy. He also tested his skills in other ways. When he wanted to refine a move, he’d go down to a beach in Rio. The first true test of his fighting prowess on a large stage came in 1955. Carlson catapulted to fame at the age of 23 when he avenged the defeat of his uncle Helio Gracie.

After teaching at his uncle's academy for several years, he opened his own, where over the past thirty years many of the greatest names in Jiu-Jitsu and Mixed Martial Artists have trained as members of the famed Carlson Gracie Arrebentacao Team.

Carlson's influence on no-holds-barred fighting is extensive as well, for the style of Jiu-Jitsu he taught at his academy. Carlson favored a much more active, 'warrior style' of Jiu-Jitsu that encouraged physical prowess and barraging your opponent with a series of attacks.

At the time of his death in 2006 he was a ninth degree red belt and was referred to as Grandmaster.

Ben Hall

Head Instructor

Ben Hall is the Head Instructor of the Carlson Gracie Team in Australia, having been awarded his brown belt by Carlson Gracie Snr and later his black belt by Carlson Gracie Jr, in 2007. It was during one of his many training trips to the original Carlson Gracie Academy in Copacabana, Brazil, that Ben was asked to officially represent the Carlson Gracie Team in Australia.

Whilst representing the Carlson Gracie Team, Ben has had success as a competitor at State, National and International competitions as well as competing with the best Jiu Jitsu athletes in the world at the Mundial Championships in Brazil.

Ben’s knowledge and success as a competitor coupled with his dual diplomas in Sports Coaching and Sports Development ensure a progressive, safe and detailed style of teaching and learning. It was this experienced background that saw Ben take up a position with the Australian College of Sports Development as a Training Consultant, allowing him to up-skill his students and Assistant Instructors to ensure the future of the Carlson Gracie Team is in safe and fully qualified hands.


Our instructors

The Ben Hall Carlson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu academy is fortunate to have a highly experienced team of instructors and coaches with more than 10 black belts, and thousands of hours mentoring fellow students to progress in the art of BJJ

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