Flavio Almeida has quite an extensive history with Gracie Barra, the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Association. He is the Chief Executive Officer of Gracie Barra North America, the Regional Director of Gracie Barra Arizona, and the Head Instructor at Gracie Barra of North Phoenix. He currently resides in Phoenix, Arizona.
Flavio has been a student of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu since childhood and relishes the ability to teach others what martial arts has taught him. Despite having an intense passion for the discipline, at first, there wasn't a career track available for him in the world of martial arts that he was seeking. He spent his free time in college teaching as many classes as possible while working towards earning a Bachelor's degree in Economics. After graduating, he was hired by the Brazilian Branch of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.
Flavio found himself thriving in the corporate world working as a consultant for many influential Brazilian and multi-national companies, such as Petrobras, Alco BP, Natura, Praxair, and CVRD. During this time, he was able to make important business connections and learn what it takes to run such large businesses, a skill that would come in handy later in his professional career as an entrepreneur. He learned the right way to communicate with both employees and peers. Though he relished his time learning about business from great leaders and minds, he missed the world of martial arts, especially Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. When an opportunity appeared to teach full-time at a Gracie Barra academy, Flavio jumped at it. With over 800 schools on six continents, Flavio Almeida knew this was the type of organization he was meant to be associated with.
Now, Flavio holds multiple positions within the Gracie Barra organization, including the operation of his own academy in Phoenix, Arizona. He is also the Chief Executive Officer of Gracie Barra Franchise Systems, Inc. which is located in Irvine, California. He loves Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and all that it instills in its practitioners, including determination, leadership skills, and mental acuity. After a lifetime in BJJ and a span of time in business, Flavio Almeida is passionate about the parallels between martial arts and entrepreneurship. He works every day to make sure that his students take what they have learned on the mat and apply it to their personal and professional lives, and now he's here to share that same wisdom with you.