Elite black belt coach: Carlos Santos

First BJJ is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu school fully operated by world class BJJ Black Belt Professors Carlos Santos from the legendary Carlson Gracie School in Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Suyan and Carlos

Professor Carlos Santos

Black Belt 5th Degree
3 times IBJJF World Champion
From Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Martial arts accomplishments:

  • 2004 European Champion
  • 2nd Place Team Brazilian Champion 2002
  • 2nd Place Brazilian Champion 2003 – Black Belt
  • 2nd Place Brazilian Champion 2001 – Black Belt
  • 2 times Pan American Champion 2000 and 2001
  • World Champion 2000 (defeated Walter Pinto)
  • World Champion 1998 (defeated Rolles Gracie)
  • World Champion 1996 (defeated Fabio Martins)
  • Brazilian Champion 1996
  • Brazilian Champion 1995
  • 2nd Place in Brazilian Championship 1994


Carlson Gracie Academy: Carlos’ Jiu-Jitsu career started in 1993 at the Carlson Gracie Academy in Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, under the supervision of Marcelo Alonso and Marcelo Saporito. He trained under Carlson Gracie until receiving his brown belt.

Brazilian Top Team: Thereafter, Carlos became a head coach of Brazilian Top Team (BTT), where he managed the Gi division. Carlão also trained with Luiz Carlos Dias (“Manimal”), Mario Sperry, Murilo Bustamante, Bebeo Duarte and Ricardo Libório.

Abu Dhabi, UAE: Carlos was the head coach of Emirates Jiu-Jitsu and introduced BJJ into the local army training, royal family and guard as well as succeeding in making BJJ a mandatory subject in their public schools. Created and organized more than 20 local and international tournaments. To mention the most successful in his career, the 1st World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Cup in Abu Dhabi that Carlos Santos launched and managed 2009 and 2010, with more than 10 international trials.

Colorado Springs, Colorado USA: In February 2012, Carlos Santos created and co-owned a BJJ center as well organized 3 editions of a successful BJJ tournament.

Salt Lake City, Utah: In June 2014 Carlos Santos decided to move with his family to Salt Lake City to launch FIRST BJJ CENTER and a new BJJ and Grappling tournament in the Valley.