Team Members

Instructors at Gracie Barra Whittier Brazilian Jiu Jitsu martial art school in Whittier, CA.

Gracie Barra has many Instructors that teach classes and others that take key roles that are essential to the success of our organization. To insure our students understand the titles, we have listed the hierarchy and responsibilities associated with them. 


Carlos Gracie Jr.

7th Degree Red and Black Belt

Master Carlos Gracie Jr. is a man ahead of his time. Son of Grand Carlos Gracie Sr., he has used his unique visionary skills to create two of the worlds largest and most important Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Organizations: the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) and Gracie Barra. As founder and current Chairman of both institutions, he has channeled his entrepreneurship to take our sport to the next level allowing thousands of individuals across the five continents to experience the ‘Gentle Art’ as students, instructors, or competitors.


Marcio Feitosa

3rd Degree Black Belt

Professor Marcio Feitosa is the head instructor of Gracie Barra America. With more then 15 years of teaching experience, he is a primary example of a man who is fully dedicating his life to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Gracie Barra and its members. Prof. Feitosa’s witty personality, enthusiasm, integrity, and leadership make the essence of GB America and touch all those around him. An outstanding competition background qualifies him as one of the best lightweight competitors on BJJ history. He collects many titles such as a 3-time World BJJ Champion and Abu-Dhabi Champion, Brazilian Nationals, Brazilian Team Tournament, and the Pan American Championships.


Andre Fernandes

2nd Degree Black Belt

Professor Andre Fernandes has been teaching Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for over 10 years in Brazil and in the USA. Besides the work as an instructor at Gracie Barra, Professor Andre has been a part of the “IBJJF” International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation since day one, which is the main governing body of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in the world. As part of the federation, professor Andre dedicates a lot of time to the growth and the organization of the sport of Brazilian Jiu-Jistu all over the world.


Coach Eric Nostrand

4th Degree Purple Belt

Coach Eric Nostrand has been studying the sport of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu since 2002. Currently working as the program director at Gracie Barra Whittier, Eric enjoys bringing new people into the sport and introducing them to the self-defense and health benefits of implementing a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu lifestyle.