Regis started training Gracie Jiu-Jitsu with Master Eduardo Rocha (Royler Gracie 4th degree Black Belt) at Fortaleza-CE. As he trained Regis developed the passion and desire to learn more about this secular art. Therefore, at the age of 20, he decided to move to Rio de Janeiro to have the great privilege to be trained and educated by Master Royler Gracie. Along with his training, he was able to receive the knowledge of teaching the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Art, Gracie Self Defense Course and Gracie Competition techniques. Regis received the honor of the Black Belt from Master Royler Gracie at age 24. The following year, Regis decided to come to the US in order to spread the knowledge he acquired throughout the years, and chose Philadelphia as the starting point. Regis stayed in Philadelphia for 8 years, where he was able to build a strong team with champions in many different categories. Regis still had more to offer in disseminating the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu art. With that in mind, he chose San Diego as his next step because of its proximity to the world's major competitive events so the Academy would become a common spot for students around the world to stop. San Diego also offers great weather throughout the year and great, friendly people as residents. He remains the head instructor of Gracie Philadelphia and visits several times a year, maintaining a strong and respected team on both coasts of the U.S.
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