1st Degree Black Belt
Professor Otavio Sousa started Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at the age of 13 at Gracie Barra Pernambuco, in his hometown. He has received all belts from his professor, Professor Ze Radiola, and his Black Belt from Master Carlos Gracie Jr. Since he started training, he has been dedicating his life to Jiu Jitsu, teaching and competing. He wants to achieve as many titles as possible, as he already has many under his belt. Professor Otavio is a five-time World Champion, four-time Brazilian National Champion, and two-time Pan American Champion, as well as many more. His first experience teaching was when he moved to England in 2006. While teaching, he realized he could improve his Jiu Jitsu even more. For this reason he makes sure to tell his students to help each other, so they can learn from themselves. He later moved to the United States, and is now a very valuable part of the Gracie Barra Headquarters.