Gracie Barra Hallandale BeachGracie Barra Hallandale Beach

Jiu-Jitsu for Everyone
  • 648 West Hallandale Beach Blvd
  • Hallandale Beach, Florida 33009 United States
  • 589-2263

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My name is Cristiano Dantas. I’m a Head Instructor and Program Director at Gracie Barra Hallandale Beach in Florida. I’m originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I have been training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for 20 years. I am a Black Belt and have been for 10 years. I love my training and it is a very big part of my life, something I will never give up and will continue to learn more and grow stronger as the years go on.
In 2008 when I moved to Sydney – Australia, I realized what I love to do in life, teaching Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for 4 years, at Gracie Barra Sydney, where  I had an opportunity to teach this amazing gentle art and the most important, to be working with kids and helping them developing a character for life.
During my journey in Australia, I worked with fighters who train Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) that participate in competitions such as DREAM Fighting Championship, as well as other high level Australian competitions being CFC and XMMA. Mark Hunt is one the elite fighters that I worked with to help improve his Jiu Jitsu and ground game in his MMA fights that he has had in DREAM FC. I also worked with the Manly Sea Eagles rugby team to teach a variety of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu techniques to help bring their A-game to the field. Teaching them some specific Jiu Jitsu and grappling techniques has helped them considerably on the field with tackling, defending tackles as well as helping them resist opponents from holding them on the ground so they can get up to their feet quicker and keep the ball in motion at a faster pace. This training saw the Sea Eagles win the Premiership in 2008 over Melbourne.
My vision is to change people’s life but it goes beyond from whatever concept you might have about Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. My conception about brazilian jiu jitsu is the life style it will give you. My focus is to give people a chance to become a better person in life, a better husband, a better wife, a better friend, to respect and to learn to be respected therefore by training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu you may not see it but one day you will look back and realize how much Brazilian Jiu Jitsu changed your life not just about learning self defence techniques but about understanding what is behind everyday training.
In my 20 years of dedication to training I have won many titles in Jiu Jitsu competitions.
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