Karel Pravec: Record, Net Worth, Weight, Age & More!
Who is Karel Pravec?
Karel Pravec is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Renzo Gracie and is one of the most sought after coaches in the United States. He owns and operates multiple schools in New Jersey and Florida, and has produced athletes for EBI, ADCC, and several MMA promotions. He is also the author of several instructional series and books about the sport, many of which focus on preserving the body to facilitate continued training as we age.
Master The Triangles by Karel "Silver Fox" Pravec
Pravec was born in Zlin, Czechoslovakia in 1963. He was raised in the capital city of Prague by a diplomat father who spent his life as a public political figure. In 1980, when Pravec was 17, his father chose to speak out against the Soviet government, which resulted in the entire family becoming political refugees. Karel and his family were transported to the United States for his senior year of high school.
After graduation, Pravec discovered martial arts in the form of Taekwondo and trained from 1986 until he reached his 3rd degree blackbelt. Soon after, Karel would meet a family of Brazilians looking to expand their California business into a national endeavor. In 1991, Pravec took a weekend seminar with Helio, Rorion, Rickson, Royler, and Royce, and became fascinated with the sport.
The fascination would not be actualized for two more years, until Craig Kukuk, the first American person to receive a black belt in BJJ, moved to New Jersey and opened an academy in 1993. Having already been sold on the artform by the Gracies, Karel Pravec was one of Craig’s very first students to sign up.
In the beginning, Pravec was only interested in using Jiu-Jitsu as a compliment to his already formidable stand-up striking abilities. He trained infrequently at first, only giving up two days a week from his taekwondo. After a year spent earning his blue belt, Renzo Gracie moved to New York to teach in 1994. Karel made the switch to train directly under the Brazilian.
It was under Renzo’s eye that Pravec made the switch to be primarily a grappler, leaving taekwondo behind. He worked a demanding job and split his time between working in the day and grappling at night. In his spare time, he also began to develop a series of drills intended to be performed alone in a pool. These would eventually develop into his “Fluid BJJ” training method, to which he has dedicated an entire book.
Karel Pravec received his black belt from Renzo Gracie at age 42, twelve years after beginning his training and 14 years after meeting the Gracie family. Because of his success in creating books and instructionals, his promotion to black belt came along with pressure to start his own training facility. He opened Silver Fox BJJ, an affiliate of Renzo’s Fight Team, in September of 2006.
Having gained respect in the Jiu-Jitsu community while training under Gracie for a over a decade, Pravec never chose to compete in BJJ until he became a black belt. At age 42, he turned his eye to professional tournaments and even competed in the adult division against much younger athletes. He soon entered the IBJJF World Championships that year, in addition to winning gold at the NAGA World Championship and the IBJJF European Open.
His success continued as his tournament wins led to even greater notoriety, and soon the Silver Fox was able to retire from his corporate job and commit to full time grappling instruction in 2010. In the years that followed, Pravec has continued to train top-level talent and produce champions in major grappling events.
Fundamental Armbar Mechanics by Karel "Silver Fox" Pravec
How Old is Karel Pravec?
Karel Pravec is 58 years old as of 2021. He was born in 1963 in the now-defunct country of Czechoslovakia.
Karel Pravec Family
Karel has kept private about his family life, although his father had a well-known position as a diplomat in Czechoslovakia that forced the Pravec family to move to the United States when he was 17 years old.
How Much is Karel Pravec Worth?
Karel Pravec’s net worth has not been estimated at this time.
How Tall is Karel Pravec?
Pravec’s height is not listed.
How Much Does Karel Pravec Weigh?
Karel Pravec weighs just under 170 pounds. He competes at lightweight under IBJJF regulations, which has a limit of 76 kg, or 168 pounds.
Karel Pravec Fight List
Karel began training late in life, finding his way to BJJ after the age of 30. Impressively, he challenged competitors with a lifetime of grappling experience over him in a fantastic tournament run from 2006 to 2010. With decades less mat time than most of the other athletes, Karel was able to win some very impressive titles:
- 2006 Grapplers Quest West - Gold (Master)
- 2007 NAGA World Championship - Gold (Advanced, Absolute)
- 2008 Grapplers Quest U.S. Nationals - Silver
- 2008 IBJJF Pan Championship No-Gi - Bronze (Master)
- 2010 IBJJF European Open - Gold (Senior 3)
- 2010 IBJJF European Open - Gold (Senior 3, Absolutes)
Karel Pravec's Best Fight of All Time
One of Pravec’s finest moments came at the NAGA World Championships. Although he was the lightest competitor in the open weight division, he submitted everys single one of his opponents on his way to claiming gold as a 160 pound player.
Who Did Karel Pravec Lose To?
At the IBJJF No Gi Pan Championship in 2008, Pravec again looked to win gold, but met some issues in the form of two Alliance team members, Rubens Charles and Daniel Aguiar. They were able to take home both 1st and 2nd place, leaving just the 3rd place bronze for Pravec.
Karel Pravec Record
Pravec’s overall competition record is not available.
Karel Pravec Injuries
Pravec has not discussed his own personal history with injuries at length, but wrote a book called “Fluid BJJ”, which promotes training modalities that are geared towards longevity. His goal in writing was to help other practitioners adopt philosophies that lead to gentler training and smarter recovery. A unique aspect of this philosophy is drilling in a pool, or any body of water, to limit the effects of gravity & momentum while working. The goal is to reduce fatigue and injury, and to allow people to continue working effectively as they advance in age.
Is Karel Pravec Retired?
Although Karel’s nickname is a nod to his age, Pravec has not retired from coaching and teaching. He continues to operate two schools under the Silver Fox BJJ in New Jersey, and also has a gym in Florida. Because of their long relationship, Pravec’s gyms remain affiliated with the Renzo Gracie Fight Team.
After the students go home and the mats are clean, Pravec turns his focus to his other passion: creating instructionals, and books, to teach technique. Karel has worked extensively with BJJ Fanatics to produce four awesome products that cover a wide range of positions in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Check out his excellent work in “The Split Guard”, “Mastering Guillotine Concepts and Principles”, “Fundamental Armbar Mechanics”, and “Master the Triangle”. No matter the aspect of your game that needs work, the Silver Fox has you covered!
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