GRACIE BARRA TEAM MEMBERS
3nd Degree Black Belt / Professor Fabio “Gigantinho” Villela
3nd Degree Black Belt graduated by the hands of the great Red and Black Belt master Carlos Gracie Jr. He was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1981 and was raised there. Professor Fabio trained under one other great Professor, Marcio Feitosa, who is also responsible for what he has become today.
Around 13 years old, his neighborhood friends, Alexandre “Dande” Ferreira and Fabio Costa would invite him to come over to train BJJ with Professor Ailson “Jucao” Brites. That was when “Gigantinho” felt motivated to learn the fascinating BJJ martial art, which he has continued practicing for the past 20 years. Prof. Gigantinho’s personality, enthusiasm, integrity, charisma and leadership make the essence of GB Round Rock and touch all those around him. A great competition background in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Submission Wrestling qualifies him as one of the best heavyweight competitors in BJJ in Texas. He holds many titles such as: a Pan American Champion, 1 time no gi World champion, 2 Times American national champion, Silver medalist at the world BJJ championships, recently won Open weight and Ultra-heavy division at Dallas open 2013, still train’s and compete with the same passion. Professor Fabio consider himself very luck to learn directly under few legends of our sport, Master Carlos Gracie JR., Professor Marcio Feitosa and Professor Vinicius Draculino. They always help him to keep update with technique and business knowledge. Besides these titles held as a competitor and fighter, Professor Fabio Villela is considered one of the best instructors in the BJJ for kids in the world.
Professor Fabio is so passionate for his profession. The biggest thing for him is to change people’s life, help parents to build great discipline, integrity and self-confidence in their children, BJJ is a discipline that maintains body, soul, and mind with complete health and harmony.
Besides being so good with kids and a great competitor Professor Fabio specializes himself in the Martial Art Business, with more than 10 years helping Gracie Barra be strong as business side, Professor Marcio Feitosa choose him to come over to Texas helping to build South Austin, North Austin and he’s own school GB Cedar Park and Round Rock.
Professor Fabio also is open to travel to do seminars teaching Jiu-jitsu, Kids Jiu-jitsu and business to whoever needs he’s help.
“since BJJ has been part of my life, it has helped me to grow as a man in several areas of my life, especially in terms of determination and self–confidence. Not to mention that BJJ has made me a champion not only on the mats but also off them.”