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Gracie Barra Tyler Instructors

The Gracie Barra legacy is one of many champions built by great Professors and Masters. Beyond the Jiu-Jitsu contest arena, lessons taught by our instructors have positively impacted the lives of hundreds of communities and thousands of people over the years.

Gracie Barra Instructors are held responsible to high standards of etiquette, instruction and philosophy set by Master Carlos Gracie Jr. and the Gracie Barra Association. To maintain the integrity and focus on safety in our schools, all of our instructors are certified. Additionally, our instructors are all required to be CPR/Basic First Aid Certified.
VALERIO MORI UBALDINI

VALERIO MORI UBALDINI

Professor Gracie Barra Carrollton and Tyler
Head Instructor Gracie Barra Tyler
Black Belt

A good instructor teaches students how to defend themselves, a great instructor teaches students how to live.

Valerio Mori Ubaldini comes to Gracie Barra from Italy. He began Jiu Jitsu in 2008, and after one month of training, he won his first competition at fourteen years old in the adult division. He achieved his black belt in only 8 years of training, during which time he trained with Professor Victor Estima in Nottingham and Professor Jefferson Moura in Brazil in the very first Gracie Barra school founded in 1986.

Competition Accomplishments include:

  • 2x FILA World Champion – Gi and NoGi
  • 2x WTKA World Champion
  • 4x Italian National Champion – Gi and NoGi
  • IBJJF European Champion
  • Canary Island, Spain Champion
  • IBJJF Open Champion
  • Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Professional Cup Champion
  • Brazilian National Championship Champion (he is the only Italian to ever do so)

Professor Valerio is excited to be an integral part of the Gracie Barra team in Tyler and Carrollton, and he looks forward to helping others on their Jiu Jitsu journey.

JAYLON POWELL

JAYLON POWELL

Team Coach
Blue Belt

Jaylon Powell has been training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for 4 years and is one of our very first students at Gracie Barra Tyler. Over the years he has become a very accomplished competitor placing in most of those competitions in the Gold or Silver podium spots. His passion is teaching and training as mush as possible with a goal of becoming a World Champion in the future.

Competition Accomplishments include:

  • 2016 – New Breed Tournament – Champion (Gold) No-Gi and Silver Gi
  • 2017 American Grappling Federation – Champion (Gold) No-Gi
  • 2017 North American Grappling Federation – Silver No-Gi
  • 2018 – Submission Hunter Pro – Champion (Gold)
TIM THOMPSON

TIM THOMPSON

Team Coach
Purple Belt

Mr. Thompson has been in martial arts since 1975 and has reached high level belt ranking in several martial arts. He has been training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu since 2009. His passion is creating a “Jitsu for Everyone” atmosphere within his schools and encourages anyone from the age of 3 – 99 years old to come and try it.

He loves spending time with his wife and children – “I’m a Christian first, a father and husband second and a martial artist third…it’s important to have priorities in one’s life, it’s these 3 priorities that have made me the most successful and happy.”

Certifications

  • Tae Kwon Do – Black Belt 1st Degree
  • Isshin-Ryu Karate – Brown Belt
  • Shotokan Karate – Brown Belt
  • Brazilian Jiu Jitsu – Purple Belt
  • Gracie Barra Certified Instructor
VINICIUS DRACULINO MAGALHAES

VINICIUS DRACULINO MAGALHAES

Professor Vinicius Draculino Magalhaes is the head instructor of Gracie Barra Texas and Gracie Barra – BH Schools. With more than 17 years of teaching experience, he is a primary example of a man who is fully dedicating his life to his Children ( Jade and Igor), his wife ( Monica ), Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Gracie Barra and its members. Prof. Draculino‘s personality, enthusiasm, integrity, charisma and leadership make the essence of GB Texas and GBBH and touch all those around him.

A great competition background in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Submission Wrestling and MMA qualifies him as one of the best featherweight competitors in BJJ history. He collects many titles such as a 4-time Pan American Champion, 1 time no gi pan american champion- 2008, 2 Times Brazilian national champion, 2 Times Silver medalist at the world BJJ championships, MMA lightweight champion and Abu-Dhabi veteran.

Besides these titles as a competitor, Professor Vinicius is considered one of the best instructors in the BJJ world. Among his students, you will find worlds, Pan Ams, national BJJ champions, more than 78 Black Belts, MMA and Grappling champions. Professor Vinicius is also a lawyer in Brazil, graduated in the UFRJ (Federal University of Rio De Janeiro), one of the top three law schools in the country