Kyra Gracie Guimaraes, born on May 29, 1985 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, was welcomed into a clan of martial arts legends. From her grandfather Carlos Robson Gracie who founded the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), to Kyra’s title-holder uncles Ryan Gracie, Renzo Gracie and Ralph Gracie, it was expected that Kyra would practice the sport.
In fact, she began training in jujitsu when she was only 11 years old. Her mother Flavia Gracie also practices the fighting style. However, Kyra Gracie made history as being the first female to compete professionally in BJJ and win numerous titles. When Kyra Gracie was in her teens, she moved to the United States to train at the Renzo Gracie Academy in New York and the Gracie Barra Academy in California.
By age 13, Kyra Gracie has already won the New York State BJJ and Brazilian BJJ Championships, both of which she earned in 1998. From then on, Kyra Gracie has managed to win four more Brazilian BJJ titles (in 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2004) as well as four otherNew York State BJJ titles (in 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002).
Kyra Gracie has also won the World BJJ Championships in 2004 and 2005, the Asiatic BJJ Championships in 2006 and two Abu Dhabi Combat Club Submission Wrestling World Championships in 2005 and 2007. She has also become a Pan American BJJ Games Champion five times – in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2007.
Kyra Gracie is now a black-belter in the sport. Thanks to her numerous titles and legendary name, Kyra Gracie has been featured in several magazines, such as Crosscombat, Black Belt magazine, BJJ Legends and VIP Magazine.
In most of her interviews, Kyra has stated that she can be a fierce fighter, but still remain feminine – a statement proven by thousands of her male fans around the world. However, in a 2005 interview with NY Mag, Kyra Gracie asserts that she never thinks of jujitsu as being sexy, but only as a sport.
Kyra Gracie, whose name is often misspelled as “Kira,” is currently living in California. Aside from competing around the world, she also teaches Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at the Gracie Barra Academy in Lake Forest, California. She also remains associated with the Gracie Barra Academy inRio de Janeiro.