Professor Carlos Valente

Professor Carlos Valente

Professor Carlos Valente was born in Rio De Janeiro. He became involved in martial arts at a very young age. He was privileged to train with the legendary Rolls Gracie for many years. After Rolls’ tragic death in the early 80’s, Carlos became a student of Rickson Gracie, under whom he earned his black belt. As a student of Rolls Gracie he had the opportunity to train with Rylion Gracie, Renzo Gracie, Carlos Gracie Jr., Royler Gracie, Crolin Gracie, Fabio Santos, Sergio “Malibu”, the Machado brothers, Romero “Jacare” Cavalcanti, Nicin Azulay, Pedro Sauer, Renan Pitangui, Rodrigo “Mazor”, Marcio “Macorron”, Ricardo Azoury, Talarico “Tarado”, Mauricao, Alvaro Romano, Ze Beleza, Vandao, Paulo “Conde” Ruba, Tonico “Bambu” and many others.

Valente was one of the first instructors to arrive in the U.S., second to Rorion Gracie, founder of the Ultimate Fighting Championship where Valente served as fight Coordinator. Carlos Valente along with Nelson Montero were the first instructors invited to teach in the United Arab Emirates and lived there for two years teaching Jiu-Jitsu.

Valente was also mentor to many modern Jiu-Jitsu champions such as Vitor Belfort, Fernando “Margarida” Pontes (World Champion 2001 and Five- Time PanAm Champion),Eduardo Teles (Brazilian Champion 2001) and many others.


Black Belt Judo under Kazu Yoshida since 1978/Estate and Brazilian Champion for Ten Years
ALOHA Games Champion 1986-1993
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Champion, 10 years
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructor by Rickson Gracie International Jiu-Jitsu Assocation
1992 Certified 2nd Degree Black Belt by the Confederation of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu from Carlos Gracie Jr.
1990 Certified Black Belt instructor by Robson Gracie and the Federation of Jiu-Jitsu of the state of Rio de Janeiro
Co-founder of the first Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy in Hawaii with Relson Gracie in 1985 (located at the University of Hawaii)
Trained Navy Seals in San Diego. Teams 3, 5 and Boat Unit.
Trained Border Patrol, DEA and many other local law inforcement.