Welcome to Carlson Gracie Napa Valley 

Brazilian jiu-jitsu and self defense

Welcome to Carlson Gracie Napa Valley, your destination for comprehensive training in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu.  Embark on a rewarding journey with us as you delve into the authentic art of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and develop your expertise in self-defense techniques.

Join our inclusive community and discover the essence of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. Our classes are thoughtfully designed to accommodate beginners and experienced practitioners alike, ensuring personalized attention at every stage of your martial arts journey.

Led by Professor Marinho, a 6th-degree black belt directly awarded by the renowned Master Carlson Gracie, our classes are instructed by an exceptionally experienced professor. Marinho has coached multiple world champions in both Jiu-jitsu and MMA, and served as the head coach for Jiu-jitsu and self-defense at the Brazilian Federal Police for 16 years. With a teaching career spanning over 30 years, Marinho is passionately committed to imparting his wisdom and techniques to the Napa community.

At Carlson Gracie Napa Valley, our training transcends physical techniques. We instill discipline, mental resilience, and confidence, empowering you beyond the mat.

Our classes are open to children, youth, and adults, regardless of their skill level. Embark on a fulfilling journey with us as you immerse yourself in the authentic art of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and cultivate your proficiency in self-defense techniques. 

Enroll now and take the first step towards mastering true Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. Contact us today to secure your spot in our classes. 

 No matter your skill level, whether you’re a beginner or an advanced practitioner, our classes are designed to accommodate everyone. Don’t pass up this chance to develop your skills and become an active member of our vibrant Jiu-jitsu community.

In addition to improving your quality of life, Jiu-jitsu classes offer a wide range of benefits. You’ll experience increased well-being, enhanced productivity, improved health, and boosted confidence. And on top of it all, you’ll have the opportunity to make lifelong friendships along the way. Don’t miss out on the positive impact Jiu-jitsu can have on your life. 

Monday – Wednesday – Friday – GI – 6PM

Tuesday and Thursday – NO GI – 6PM

Come and participate in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and self-defense classes specially crafted for children aged 7 and above. In these sessions, kids will acquire essential self-defense techniques, anti-bullying strategies, enhance their confidence, and foster overall health and well-being.

Our secure and encouraging atmosphere is dedicated to molding every participant into improved individuals by unlocking their complete potential. Seize the chance to provide your child with a positive and empowering experience.

Classes are scheduled for Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, running from 5 pm to 5:45 pm. Join us!

Kids Brazilian Jiu-jitsu:

In January, we will be starting a new class specifically designed for children aged 3 to 6 years old. Throughout the sessions, we will cover the fundamentals of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and self-defense in a playful manner through games and techniques. The primary goal is to prepare children to handle bullying situations while also fostering the learning of principles such as respect and discipline. Additionally, the class aims to prepare children for the transition to the next phase, which is the youth class.

As our youngest age group, children aged 3 to 6 will learn the basic concepts of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. At this level, our focus will be on mobility and exercises that enhance coordination. Children in this group will deepen their understanding of the techniques. Establishing a strong foundation is crucial for all stages of our programs.

Classes will commence in January and will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00 pm to 4:45 pm. Limited spots are available, so contact us today to schedule the first experimental class in January.


Private lessons with Professor Marinho. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, self-defense, and MMA classes. Lessons for all ages and skill levels. Send an email to napavalleymaw@gmail.com for more information.

Professor Marinho

Professor “Marinho”  Vauvenargues Vicentini, a 6th-degree Jiu-Jitsu black belt under Master Carlson Gracie, was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and has been residing in Napa for the past four years. He earned his black belt directly from Master Carlson Gracie in April 1999, a rare honor reserved for only a select few athletes.

From 1993 to 2000, Marinho taught at the renowned Carlson Gracie Club in Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, further solidifying his expertise in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), self-defense, Judo, and MMA over a span of 30 years. During this time, he also served as the Head of Defense Tactics and Jiu-Jitsu at the Federal Police Academy in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 1999 to 2015.

With 16 years of experience as a head instructor at the Federal Police Academy, Marinho made the decision to relocate to Napa, California, along with his family. Prior to settling in Napa, he traversed the globe, coaching and supporting numerous MMA and BJJ champions. Marinho is delighted to contribute his world-class martial arts expertise to the Carlson Gracie Napa Valley Academy, becoming an integral part of the thriving and diverse Napa community.

Both the Academy and Professor Marinho share a commitment to fostering a positive learning environment for students of all ages, emphasizing self-empowerment, family values, and a genuine homage to authentic Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.


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