9th Degree Red and Black Belt
Master Carlos Gracie Jr. is a man ahead of his time. Son of Grand Carlos Gracie Sr., he has used his unique visionary skills to create two of the worlds largest and most important Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
4th Degree Black Belt
🥇3 x nation American champ ibjjf
🥈2x Panams silver Ibjjf
🥉2 x bronze panamerican Ibjjf
🥉world NoGi Ibjjf /
🥇Asian champ Ibjjf
6th Degree Black Belt
Professor Vinicius Draculino Magalhaes is the head instructor of Gracie Barra Texas and Gracie Barra – BH Schools (more info about GBBH at jjbh.com) With more then 17 years of teaching experience
Main Achievements (IBJJF / AJP):
1st Place IBJJF World Championship NOGI (2021**)
2nd Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2021)
Main Achievements (Pro-Circuit):
1st Place Jitz King Tournament (2020)
1st Place Elite Grappling 3 (2019)
3rd Place 3CG Kumite I GP (2020)
3rd Place 3CG Kumite III GP (2020)
Team Member Since – 2012
Coach Servando’s Mixed Martial Arts interest began at a young age, as he has been wrestling since age 9. For the past 4 years he’s trained wrestling religiously with Brandon Mullins
Muay Thai and Striking Coach
Schnell joined Legacy Fighting Championship in 2012 and went 9–2 in various promotions before joining the cast for The Ultimate Fighter season 24.
Team Member Since – 2011
Arezou Rastegar began training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in July of 2011 as a student under Professor Ulpiano Malachias at Gracie Barra Westchase along with her (at the time) 10 year old son.
Vinicius Magalhaes, commonly known by his nickname Draculino, is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu instructor responsible for raising the games of grapplers such as Romulo Barral, Samuel Braga, Marcelo Azevedo, Brandon Mullins among many others, making his BJJ program one of the most successful in the sport. “Draculino” first started teaching his ‘system’ at his school in Belo Horizonte (Minas Gerais, Brazil) which was the first Gracie Barra affiliate outside of Rio de Janeiro. He later moved to the United States, settling in Houston – Texas.
Full Name: Vinicius Bittencourt Almeida Magalhães.
Nickname: Draculino was a joke name given by Vinicius math teacher when he was still a child. It stands for “Little Dracula” due to Vinicius sombre look as a child.
Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie Sr. > Carlos Gracie Junior >Vinicius Magalhães “Draculino”
Weight Division: Pluma (Super Featherweight) 64Kg-141Lbs
Vinicius Magalhaes was born in Rio de Janeiro on the 30th of July 1971. He started his martial arts career when he was 7 years old through Judo, a sport he perused until he reached his orange belt status. Draculino’s contact with Jiu Jitsu came later in his life (around 1984/85), Vinicius enjoyed surfing around the Quebra-Mar spot in Barra da Tijuca (Rio de Janeiro) where many of his surfing buddies also trained BJJ. One day he decided to take a few classes to try it out and not long after that he was hooked to on to Jiu Jitsu as well.
His first teacher was Totila Jordan (commonly known in the Jiu Jitsu circuit by his nickname, ‘Pitoco’), one of Renzo Gracie‘s best friends who would later form the Infight Academy. Draculino stayed with Master Pitoco for 11 months, after which he switched to the Gracie Jiu Jitsu Club (later called Gracie Barra) because of his good friend and neighbour Ralph Gracie. The club’s classes were run by Jean Jacques Machado who was still a purple belt at the time.
Vinicius trained at the Gracie Jiu Jitsu club every chance he had, earning his purple belt from Jean Jacques Machado (who was by then a brown belt). Shortly after receiving his purple belt, the head coach,Carlos Gracie Junior took over the academy, calling it Gracie-Barra, this was when Draculino started taking classes from ‘Carlinhos’ Gracie. His following gradings were awarded by the Gracie, including his black belt in 1995.
In 1996 Vinicius moved to Belo Horizonte in the State of Minas Gerais, Brazil where he opened the first Gracie Barra academy outside of Rio de Janeiro. Vinicius also has a degree in Law, and worked as a lawyer for a short period, but soon understood that working as a lawyer was not what he wanted to pursue and started dedicating himself fully to Jiu Jitsu.
Showing the warrior spirit inside him, Vinicius ventured in the world of MMA in 2003, even though he had been inactive as a competitor for a few years. He defeated Kleber Gaudino in a first round submission by arm triangle. He fought again in 2005, this time finding a much tougher challenge in Brazilian Top Team’s strong man Fabio Mello and was defeated by TKO. After he laid the base for his academy in Belo-Horizonte, he moved to the US to launch another Gracie-Barra base camp in Texas.
Today Draculino has awarded over 100 black belts throughout his academies and is one of the best coaches in the business.
Draculino vs Fernando Yamasaki (Pan Americans 1995)
Pedro Marinho is one of the main representatives of the Gracie-Barra Academy in jiu-jitsu’s professional circuit, who worked extensively with coaches Ulpiano Malachias, Felipe Pena (Preguiça), and Reinaldo Fernandes. Marinho first made waves in the sport as a purple belt, a time when he beat several top-ranked black belts while competing and winning professional no-gi events such as Elite Grappling and Jitz King.
Pedro Marinho Jiu-Jitsu
Full Name: Pedro Fillipe Serra Marinho
Lineage: Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Carlos Gracie Junior > Ulpiano Malachias > Pedro Marinho
Main Achievements (IBJJF / AJP):
Main Achievements (Pro-Circuit):
Main Achievements (Colored Belts):
** Weight and Absolute
Favorite Position/Technique: Guillotine
Weight Division: Meio Pesado (88,45 kg / 195.0 lbs)
Team/Association: Gracie Barra
Pedro Marinho Biography
Pedro Marinho was born on October 09, 1996, in Angra dos Reis, a famous municipality located in the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
An extremely active child while growing up, Marinho went through an array of sports while growing up. From more traditional activities such as soccer, skating, and surfing, to martial arts and combat sports.
A fascination for mixed martial arts (MMA) led Pedro to martial arts, with his first combat-sport experience being capoeira, a relationship that started when the Buzios native was only 7 years old. From capoeira, Pedro went on to practice Thai boxing and Western boxing during his teenage years, finding jiu-jitsu shortly after his 17th birthday.
Master Reinaldo Fernandes of the Brazilian Top Team (BTT) started Marinho on his jiu-jitsu path, guiding the talented prospect for nearly 4 years. In 2017 Pedro heard of a new project set by Felipe Pena named FP Golden Team. The idea behind FPGT was to select a few of the most talented emerging athletes in Brazil and give them a full scholarship at Pena’s training center in Belo Horizonte (BH), Minas Gerais, Brazil.
The FP Golden Team selection process followed a series of steps, including a 2-day internship in BH where Marinho had to face other scholarship candidates. In the end, out of over 1000 applicants, Pedro stood out and joined the program with the full support of Master Fernandes.
Felipe Pena and the FP Team were also linked with the Gracie Barra team franchise, and it was through this GB network that Pedro Marinho met Ulpiano Malachias, one of the “Red Shield” team’s top instructors. Ulpiano appreciated Marinho’s work and invited him to come and train at his gym in Houston, Texas, USA. Seeking more exposure for his booming career, Marinho joined Ulpiano in November 2018, later earning his brown belt from both Pena and Malachias.
On March 13, 2021, Pedro Marinho was promoted to black belt by coach Ulpiano Malachias.
NOTE REGARDING PEDRO MARINHO’S RECORD
Traditionally BJJ Heroes has only accounted for black belt records as they signify an athlete’s entry into our sport’s elite ranks, the professional division. Pedro, however, is a special case in our sport as he’s been competing in the pro-grappling circuit since his purple-belt days, beating some of the sport’s top-ranked athletes. This left BJJ Heroes with a delicate predicament of defining when to start accounting for the young prodigy’s match records, as these wins should be noted for the importance they had on Marinho’s career.
To capture Marinho’s full progress in our sport, we have decided to include his matches in the pro circuit, prior to his black belt. Readers should keep in mind he was still a brown and purple belt throughout his 2019 and 2020 campaigns. Marinho’s last match as a brown belt in the pro-circuit was a win over Matheus Luna, at Fight 2 Win (F2W) 163, in April 2021.
PEDRO MARINHO GRAPPLING RECORD
26 SUBMISSIONS WINS
9 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES