Flavio Almeida is the Executive Director of Gracie Barra North America, the Regional Director of Gracie Barra Arizona, and the Head Instructor at Gracie Barra of North Phoenix, where he is based.
Flavio has been a student of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu since childhood and relishes the ability to teach others what martial arts has taught him. At first, there wasn't a career track available for him in the world of BJJ, so he taught a few classes while working towards his 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 in the corporate world working as a consultant for many influential Brazilian and multi-national companies. During this time, he was able to learn through osmosis what it takes to run such large businesses, a skill that would come in handy later in his professional career. Though he relished his time learning about business from great leaders and minds, he missed the world of BJJ. When an opportunity appeared to teach full time at a Gracie Barra academy, Flavio jumped at it.
Now, Flavio holds multiple positions within the Gracie Barra organization, including the operation of his own academy in Phoenix, Arizona. 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 everyday to make sure that his students take what they learn on the mat and apply it to their personal and professional lives, and now he's here to share that same wisdom with you.
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