Our Promise

About Ralph Gracie Walnut Creek

The RGWC purpose is to bring back the original values of Jiu Jitsu. We want to give the opportunity for all communities to know that Jiu Jitsu is much more than a sport, it's a lifestyle to carry on forever.
Jiu Jitsu it's about honor, respect, perseverance and it's amazing to see the rewards coming your way after the hard work.
It's also about getting to know yourself, having determination to over come your own limitations, improving your self confidence and balance of body and mind.
It's about forming not only a team but, a family. Sharing knowledge and cheering for each other growth, from little kids to seniors: Jiu Jitsu unite and it is for everyone.
At RGWC we want you to be ready for life in every way. Teaching you beyond the martial art or the sport for competition, but the essence of Jiu Jitsu in it's whole. We base our teaching on the 7-5-3 code, inspired by the samurai's philosophy or "bushido code". It was organized by the Valentes brothers to preserve the Jiu Jitsu philosophy created by Carlos and Helio Gracie, it can bring enormous benefits, be practice by anyone and we want to be the ones teaching you!

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Our Master

Ralph Gracie

Ralph Gracie was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. With an extensive list of very accomplished family members, being the grandson of the Gracie Jiu Jitsu founder Carlos Gracie, the son of Master Robson Gracie and brother to the legendary Renzo Gracie – Ralph Gracie still managed to become one of the most recognized faces of the Gracie Family.

Ralph was raised amongst a family of fighters and naturally began training when he was still a child. He got his black belt under Carlinhos Gracie (Junior) and became a successful Vale Tudo and MMA fighter in the 1990’s.

Ralph Gracie opened his first Bay Area academy in 1994 and established himself as an early pioneer of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in the San Francisco Bay Area and in California.

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The Family

Gracie Legacy

In literal translation, Ju Jutsu (Jiu-Jitsu) means “gentle art” in Japanese. The origin of Jiu-Jitsu cannot be pinpointed. Similar fighting styles have been verified in different people, from India to China. It is known that the Jiu-Jitsu development environment and its refinement were the samurai schools, the warrior caste of feudal Japan.

Jiu-Jitsu was introduced to the Gracie family in Brazil, around 1917 by the champion Mitsuyo Maeda, known as “Conde Koma”. Part of a Japanese immigration colony, Maeda settled in the state of Pará where he founded his Jiu-Jitsu academy and had Carlos Gracie as one of his students.

Due to his improvement in life through Jiu-jitsu, Carlos disseminated his knowledge to his four younger brothers: Gastão, Oswaldo, George and Hélio. In the 1930s, the Gracie brothers opened the family's first Jiu-Jitsu academy in Rio de Janeiro, initiating the Gracie teaching methodology composed of self defense, takedown, standing fighting, ground fighting and philosophy that are the pillars of Jiu Jitsu.

For five generations, each family member who wore the kimono contributed to develop the art and strengthen it's expansion throughout Brazil and the world, influencing thousands of people over the years.

Meet Our Head Instructor

Vini Nunes

"I was born in Rio de Janeiro, but at the age of 3 years old I moved to Brasília-DC, where I grew up. My mom raised me by herself and because I had lot of energy she decided to enroll me on Judo classes, I remember I was still a little kid at the time.
I loved training Judo, specially the takedowns, but as I grew I wanted something more challenging, that's why I started training Jiu Jitsu at 16 years old. I fell in love with the gentle art and I was lucky to have as a Master, one of the few people in the world that owned a Red Belt, Master Deoclecio.
After I got my blue belt I wanted to test myself in the competitions, I knew I needed to improve my performance even more and develop new skills so I found a strong competition team. I joined the Constrictor Team led by Master Ataide Jr., I had very talented partners, some of them signed with UFC, it was everything I needed to achieve my goals. During my time at Constrictor Team I was many times champion at locals and national tournaments and on 2013 I had the honor of receiving my Black Belt.
Then, I moved to US on 2016 and joined Ralph Gracie Team a team that feels like family. I continued competing and I've been champion and medalist at many tournaments, including at the No-Gi Worlds in 2016.
It was here in the USA that I found my passion for teaching, I'm a very social person and I love sharing everything I've learned so far on my martial arts journey.
I'd love to have the opportunity of teaching you and see how Jiu Jitsu can change your life."
~ Jiu Jitsu is more than a sport, it's an amazing lifestyle! ~
Vini Nunes