Ralph Gracie opened his first Bay Area academy in 1994 and established himself as an early pioneer of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu not only in the San Francisco Bay Area, but in all of California.
The Ralph Gracie Berkeley Academy opened its doors in 2005 and has quickly become Ralph’s second largest academy behind the San Francisco headquarters. Under the leadership of 5th degree black belt Eduardo Fraga, the Berkeley academy has developed a culture that balances teamwork, healthy competition, and a family-friendly environment. Our goal has always been to help every student perform at their best and reach their goals, be it related to competition, fitness, or self defense.
Eduardo trained and taught in Sao Paulo under the legendary fighter Ryan Gracie (Ralph’s Brother). From 1995 to 1997, Eduardo fought vale tudo with a 7-3 professional record. His individual BJJ accomplishments include being a 10x medalist at the IBJJF Pan Americans (Black Belt) and 7x Sao Paulo State Champion. In 2008, Eduardo immigrated with his family to the US and joined the Ralph Gracie team.