Gustavo Pires (Head Instructor)

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Professor Gustavo Pires, commonly known as “Siri”, is a Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt under Carlos Gracie Junior, and one of the top Gracie Barra competitors of is generation in the sport’s super-heavyweight division, with medals at the Pan American, No-Gi World, World Masters and Brazilian National Championships. Gustavo Siri is also known for his coaching abilities, having been crucial in the development of important grapplers such as André Campos and Bruno Rocha.

Gustavo Pires was born on the 20th of November, 1979 in Rio de Janeiro – Brazil.

Pires started training jiu jitsu in his mid teens (15/16), influenced by his older brother Marcelo, who already trained at Gracie Barra‘s headquarters in Barra da Tijuca, RJ.

Gustavo’s first class was taught by the legendary developer of the half guard position, Roberto “Gordo” Correa, who was one of the head coaches at the gym.

Going through the belt system of jiu jitsu, Gustavo earned many important titles, including Brazilian National and Pan American titles, quickly establishing himself as one of the top prospects in the sport.

His competitive success led to his black belt, which he earned on the 12th of August, 2003 from the hands of Carlos Gracie Junior. After receiving his black belt, Gustavo Siri received an offer to move to the South of Brazil, and establish an academy there. He remained in the South for many years, after which he moved to London – United Kingdom, where he remained for almost two years.

In 2009 Gustavo was invited by his older brother to move to California in the United states. Pires accepted his brother’s invitation and settled in the American state. In 2011 he started teaching at Gracie Barra Fullerton until December 2016 when he decided to leave the academy , moving to Kennewick (Washington State) where he set base.

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie Sr. > Carlos Gracie Junior > Gustavo Pires

Main Achievements:

Black Belt Results

2017

  • World No Gi- 1st Place
  • Fight to win Pro Seattle super fight Winner

2016

  • Pan American Championship- 2nd place
  • IBJJF Los Angeles BJJ Pro- 1st place (weight) 2nd place (open class)

2015

  • IBJJF Irvine International Open- 1st Place (weight & Open class)
  • World Master championship- 1st place
  • American Nationals No Gi- 3rd place
  • Pan American championship- 3rd place
  • IBJJF Santa Cruz BJJ Pro- 2nd place
  • IBJJF Las Vegas Spring open- 1st place
  • Jiu-jitsu World league- 1st place

2014

  • Pan American Chapionship- 1st place
  • World Pro championship/USA Trials- 2nd place
  • IBJJF Las Vegas Summer Open- 1st place
  • IBJJF Chicago Spring Open- 1st place (weight & open class )
  • IBJJF Black belt Pro League- 3rd place

2013

  • Pan American championship- 1st place
  • World No Gi championship- 1st place
  • American National No Gi- 1st place
  • IBJJF Chicago Winter Open- 1st place (weight & open class)
  • IBJJF Las Vegas Spring Open- 1st place
  • IBJJF Boston Winter Open- 1st place
  • American National Championship- 1st place (weight & open class)
  • IBJJF San Francisco Winter Open- 2nd place
  • IBJJF Black belt Pro League- 2nd place

2012

  • World Master championship- 1st place(weight) 3rd place(open class)
  • World Pro Championship/San Diego trials- 2nd place
  • American National championship- 2nd place
  • IBJJF Long Beach open- 1st place
  • IBJJF Las Vegas Open- 1st place
  • IBJJF Black belt Pro League- 2nd place

2011

  • World No Gi Championship- 3rd place
  • IBJJF Chicago Winter Open- 1st place (weight & open class)

2010

  • World No Gi Championship- 1st place
  • American National No Gi Championship- 3rd place
  • IBJJF Houston Open- 1st place
  • IBJJF Las Vegas Open- 1st place (weight & open class)

2009

  • American National No Gi championship- 2nd place (weight) 1st place (open class)
  • IBJJF Miami International Open- 3rd place
  • Brighton Open- Super fight Winner (England)

2006

  • Brazilian National Teams Championship- 2nd place
  • Brown Belt Results

2003

  • Pan American Championship- 1st place
  • Brazil X USA Challenge- 1st place

2002

  • Pan American Championship- 1st place
  • Purple Belt Results

2000

  • Brazilian National Championship- 1st place
  • World Championship- 2nd place

1999

  • Brazilian National Championship- 1st Place

Blue Belt Results

1999

  • Pan American Championship- 1st place
  • World Championship- 3rd place

1998

  • Pan American Championship- 1st place
  • Brazilian National Championship- 1st place
  • World Championship- 2nd place

1997

  • Brazilian National Championship- 1st place

1996

  • Rio de Janeiro State Championship- 3rd place