About Us 2017-06-14T12:31:43+00:00


Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is often likened to a game of human chess. If you don’t like to work out at a gym because you get bored, you’re not alone. Many of our students were tired of going to the gym, and they couldn’t find new songs or audio books to entertain them on the treadmill. They found BJJ to be the perfect workout because it requires a high level of concentration proportional to the amount of calories burned and pounds lost. What’s more, you’ll still learn to defend yourself. It’s a win-win situation.

The folks at GB make our school what it is, and you too will soon be one of us. You’ll be impressed by how committed each and every team member is to your learning. The instructors, staff and other students make our environment friendly yet demanding and challenging, which stimulates all of us to achieve our best.

The class structure is the trademark of all Gracie Barra Premium Schools. Classes start on time and adhere to a standardized curriculum and class structure. As a student, you know up front what is expected of you and have a clear understanding of what to expect from your instructors and training partners. The consistency of this structure combined with the creativity and innovation of our devoted instructors blend perfectly to facilitate your progress.

When you join Gracie Barra, you are not just getting classes. You become part of a community united by the ideals of the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu lifestyle. Special classes and side events coupled with ordinary classes create a fun and exciting calendar of activities that you and your family will love to take part in.

You don’t come to class just to learn how to fight. You also work hard toward mastering the underlying principles that allow you to succeed on the mats. When applied to your life off the mats, these principles can bring more balance to your routine and help you reach your true potential.

There are over 300 Gracie Barra schools worldwide. When you join a Gracie Barra school you are free to train at any location while traveling.

One of the most unique characteristics about our schools is our family-orientated approach. Gracie Barra is proud to be a powerhouse with the most stalwart champions of world Jiu-Jitsu while still maintaining a training environment that is welcoming for the whole family: husband, wife and kids. At Gracie Barra, families find marvelous activities through which to spend quality time together.

Cleanliness is a top priority. Our schools adhere to the strict standard of cleanliness and hygiene set by Gracie Barra. Our staff cleans the facilities constantly, and all GB uniforms are washed regularly. Our mats are cleaned on a daily basis with a specially designed cleaning agent that neutralizes bacteria, fungus and odors without detriment to the equipment.

Student safety is our instructors’ primary goal. Training sessions are supervised at all times, and we have CPR-trained personnel on duty during every class.

A certified Gracie Barra black belt instructor also responsible for teaching class supervises each school. Our team of instructors was trained in the teaching philosophy and methods of Master Carlos Gracie Jr., the founder of Gracie Barra. A legacy of over 30 years of teaching experience is at your service, so you don’t have to worry: you and your family are in great hands.



Professor Brian Marvin
Professor Brian Marvin2nd Degree Black Belt

The head instructor and owner of Gracie Barra Sugar Land. Retired after 20 years as Active Duty Soldier in the Army. Brian has been instructing since 2008. He was the BJJ coach for 5th SFG(A) from 2008-2014. Brian was also attached to the 160th SOAR(A) from 2008-2014, with multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. Professor Brian received his Black Belt from Master Carlos Gracie Jr. in 2011 and his 1st Degree from Professor Vinicius “Draculino” Magalhaes in 2014.

IBJJF European Championship

2016 Silver Medalist

Fight To Win

2016 Houston Open Super Fight Champion

IBJJF Masters World Championship

2015 2nd Place Masters 2 Black Belt Super Heavyweight Division

IBJJF Austin Open

2015 1st Place Masters 1 Black Belt Super Heavyweight Division

Houston Grand Prix

2015 Black Belt Tournament Champion

Grappling Games Houston

2015 Black Belt Tournament Champion

IBJJF Houston Open

2015 2nd Place Black Belt Super Heavy Division

Grappling Games

2015 May Black Belt Open Champion

International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation Tournaments

2015 Houston Open Black Belt Divisional Runner up

International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation Pan American Championships

2011 Gi Brown Belt Divisional Champion
2010 Gi Brown Belt Absolute Divisional 2nd Place
2007 Gi Blue Belt Divisional 2nd Place

Submission Only X

2010 Gi Brown Belt Champion
2010 NoGi Mens Advanced Division Champion
2010 NoGi Mens Absolute Division Champion

Gladiator Open

2010 Gi Brown Belt Champion
2010 NoGi Advanced Champion
12th West Coast Grappling Championships Las Vegas Grapplers Quest
2008 Gi Purple Belt Division Champion
2008 NoGi Mens Advanced Division Champion
NAGA Las Vegas Grappling Championships
2008 Gi Purple Belt 2nd Place
2008 NoGi Advanced 2nd Place
2007 Gi Purple, Brown , Black Belt Champion
2007 NoGi Advanced Divisional Champion
Combat Sports Club Southwest Grapple Fest
2008 Mens NoGi Advanced Closed Division with teammate 4 Submissions to finals
Texas BJJ Championships
2007 Blue Belt Adult Gi Division 2nd Place
2007 Nogi Intermediate 3rd Place
Capital City Combat Grappling Tournament
2007 Gi Blue Belt Champion


7-1 Record
Clash in the Cage True Fight Fan 170lb Champion
2010 Ft. Carson Combatives Championships
205lb Champion 4-0 with 4 submissions.
BJJ Instructor Since 2008

Modern Army Combatives Program Level 4 Qualified
Special Operations Combatives Program Qualified

Carlos Ruiz
Carlos RuizCoach

Carlos Ruiz is an awesome coach with a 5-0 Combat Sambo Fight record, 15 years of Boxing and Kickboxing experience, 10 years of Muay Thai experience and 10 years of Sambo experience.

Coach Jason
Coach Jason

3rd Degree Brown Belt under Professor Brian and has trained Brazilian Jiu Jitsu since 2007. Coach Jason works as a Police Officer and is the Defensive Tactics Instructor for his department. He holds a Level One certification as a Gracie Survival Tactics (GST) Instructor which he received under Rener Gracie of the Gracie Academy.

Coach Sid
Coach Sid

Coach Sid runs our Fitness Boot Camp and is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor. He is a 2nd Degree Brown Belt in BJJ and has years of experience and training in MMA. Sid is passionate about helping others achieve real fitness results by way of diet, nutrition, and exercise and is available for personal training and nutritional advice here at GBSL.

Professor Phil
Professor Phil

Prof Phil is a Marine Vet who trained BJJ for 12 years and Muay Thai for 10 and was a former Professional MMA Fighter. While in the Marine Corp he taught in the M.C.M.A.P (Marine Corp Martial Arts Program). Prof Phil received his black belt under Professor Marcio Laselva in 2016.

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