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Flavio Almeida

Flavio Almeida is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt under the legendary founder of the Gracie Barra Academy, Carlos Gracie Junior. Almeida has srepresented the Gracie Barra academy throughout his entire professional Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competitive career. Flavio is often known as “Cachorrinho” – a Portuguese word which translates to “small dog” or “puppy.” It was a name given to him by his older brother, UFC veteran Ricardo Almeida, who is known as “Cachorrão” which stands for “big dog.”

Flavio Almeida is widely regarded as one of the top athletes in the sport during the 1990’s. In 2006, following a premature retirement to pursue academic interests, Almedia returned to grappling after a successful run in a business endeavor. Upon his return he founded his own Gracie Barra affiliate academy in the United States.


  • IBJJF World Masters Champion (2018, 2016 Master 2)

  • ADCC Silver Medalist (2007)

  • IBJJF Pan American 2nd Place (2009, 2007)

  • IBJJF World 3rd Place (2007, 2001, 2000)

  • IBJJF European Open 3rd Place (2009)

  • IBJJF World Champion (1999 brown, 1997 blue)

  • CBJJ Brazilian National 2nd Place (1999 brown, 1998 purple)




Flavio Almeida Biography

Born in a family of Portuguese and German descent, Flavio was raised on the streets of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, playing soccer and surfing. Professor Flavio Almeida started training martial arts when he was 12 years old, through karate. This Karate experience was short lived and a year later he followed in his brother, Ricardo Almeida’s footsteps and began practicing jiu jitsu under the Gracie Barra family. Almeida’s parent’s loved the idea of having both brothers practicing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Flavio’s grandfather had been a fan of Helio Gracie from 1930 to 1950. Flavio has had the privilege of receiving coaching from many jiu jitsu legends, such as Renzo Gracie, Marcio Feitosa, and Master Carlos Gracie Jr. This had a tremendously positive impact on Almeida’s competitive career. In the late 1990’s Flavio was already regarded to be one of the hottest prospects in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He won the Mundial on two occasions while in the lower blue and brown belt divisions.

Flavio had an amazing start to his career. He won two bronze medals in his first World Championships as a black belt, losing to Fernando Pontes, who he had defeated before in the brown belt division, and Saulo Ribeiro – both men being legends in the sport. Flavio’s career took an unexpected turn following this as he decided to halt his competitive career and focus on obtaining a degree in Economic Science at the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro. Flavio would spend the next 5 years working and studying business. However, his love for Jiu Jitsu never truly left him and in 2006 he decided to quit his job and move to New Jersey in the United States to teach at his brother’s academy. Flavio would eventually decided to move to a warmer climate in Southern California to teach at Marcio Feitosa’s gym. Flavio stayed at Marcio’s until opening his own academy. His gym would carry the Gracie Barra franchise to Southern California.  

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Flavio Almeida Becomes 3x IBJJF World Master Champion

Prof Flavio Almeida 2018 Master World Champion VS Josh Hinger

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