Kyra Gracie

kyra adccComplete name: Kyra Gracie Guimarães
Born in 1985
Home: Rio de Janeiro – Brasil
Style: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Team: Renzo Gracie
Division: under 60 Kg
Instructor lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda – Carlos Gracie – Robson Gracie – Kyra Gracie

BJJ/ADCC record:
* 2x ADCC Submission Wrestling World Champion (2005, 2007)
* 3x World BJJ Champion (2004,2006,2008)
* 5x Pan American BJJ Games Champion (2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007)
* 5x Brazilian BJJ Champion (1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004)
* 5x New York State BJJ Champion (1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002)
* 1x Asiatic BJJ Champion (2006)
Kyra x AkanoKyra x StaakKyra x Caoimhe McGill

Three times world champion, Kyra Gracie experimented a different sensation in 2009: Hitting the beam in weight and in open class, the fighter left California with two silver medals in the bag. She is one of the few Gracie women to achieve a black belt in BJJ, and is the first Gracie female to actively compete in the sport. She is currently living in the United States, where she is associated with the Renzo Gracie Academy in New York, and the Gracie Barra Academy in Lake Forest, California. She is also associated with the Gracie Barra Academy in Rio de Janeiro.
Kyra had an injury in the back last year. This is why she didn’t fight the Brazilian Championship, saving herself for the ADCC in September. She knows she’s going to meet tough fighters like Michelle Tavares and Hillary Williams.

About the BJJ World Championship 2009: “It isn’t just Luana Alzuguir that wants me. Everybody wants to beat me, right?”


Michelle Tavares

Michelle TavaresComplete name: Ana Michelle Tavares
Home: Rio de Janeiro – Brasil
Style: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Team: Nova União
Division: under 60 Kg

BJJ/ADCC record: ADCC 2009 South American Trials winner

MMA record: 7 – 2 – 0 (71% of victories by submission)

Bio: Michelle Tavares is a Jiu-jitsu black belt and a MMA fighter from Nova Uniao academy, having 5 of her 7 wins by submission. She was in the ADCC Trials at the Botafogo Gymnasium, in Rio de Janeiro and took the spot to represent Brasil in the traditional Submission tournament, defeating favorite Gracie Barra’s Bianca Andrade in the finals of under 60 Kg. Her triangle is really dangerous: chocking, arm-baring or inverted.

Official results ADCC 2009 Brazilian trials



under 66 Kg: Rafael Mendes (Atos JJ)

under 77 Kg: Murilo Santana (Barbosa)

under 88 Kg: André Galvão (Atos JJ)

under 99 Kg: Glover Teixeira (Soul Fighter)

over 99 Kg: Antoine Jaoude (RVT)


under 60 Kg: Michelle Tavares (Nova União)

over 60 Kg: Rosângela Conceição (Behring)