On Saturday, a former world champion and pioneer in the martial art of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu (BJJ), Professor Carlos Henrique “Caique” Elias will visit and teach at Gentry Martial Arts in Martinsville.
Gentry will be honored as only the 15th official training affiliate with Team Caique (kai-EE-key), headquartered in Carson, Calif.
To kick off the official recognition, Professor Caique will be on hand from noon to 6 p.m. for training sessions and a meet-and-greet to follow. Brazilian Jiu-jitsu students from as far away as Washington, D.C., are scheduled to attend. The event is open to the public.
“The response from around the country is testimony to the bond of Team Caique and respect for Professor and (Gentry instructor) Tim Sledd within the BJJ community,” said Gentry owner Brandon Sieg. “We consider ourselves very lucky to have such a strong lineage back to ‘pure water.’”
Holding 5-graus faixa preta (five-stripe black belt) and certified by the Confederation of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, Caique has established himself as a legend in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Featured in Grappling Magazine (April, 2002), Caique was one of the top black belt competitors in his prime. Grandmaster Helio Gracie (arguably the founder of the art) wrote and signed a document stating that Caique is one of the best sources of jiu-jitsu in the world, while Saulo Ribeiro, jiu-jitsu’s only six-time World Champion and three-time Submission Wrestling World Championship medalist, has proudly stated that he models his jiu-jitsu on that of Caique.
As a teacher, Caique’s resume is no less impressive. He taught for many years in Brazil for the Gracie family until he moved to Los Angeles to teach at the Gracie Academy in the middle 1990’s, where he taught until opening his own academy in 2001.
Brazilian Jiu-jitsu is a grappling martial art that employs position, transitions, timing, leverage, and technique to subdue an opponent. While the sport of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu has exploded in the United States, starting with Royce Gracie (with whom Caique grew up) winning the first of the Ultimate Fighting Championships, it is also heralded as a very practical self defense system.
Professor Caique’s visit coincides with the one-year anniversary of the Brazilian Jiu-jitsu program at Gentry Martial Arts, located at 333 W. Washington St. For more information concerning the event or Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, contact Gentry Martial Arts at 342-5600. More information about Professor Caique can be found at www.cjjusa.com.