Kayron Gracie is son of Master Carlos Gracie Jr., the founder and leader of Gracie Barra. Last Saturday, the 25 year old Black Belt hosted the Gracie Barra Mission Viejo’s 1st Belt Promotion Ceremony in Orange County, CA, since he became the school’s head instructor in 2011.
Kayron has been away from the competitions since the 2013 Pan Ams because of a back injury on his Cervical Disc. The back injury has been bothering the 2012 Pam Ams Champion for a while now and getting in the way of his training. Kayron has been spending most of his time teaching at his school in Mission Viejo and treating his “war bruises”. The Gracie said he expects to recover completely until the end this month so he can compete at the IBJJF Pan Ams in March.
Besides the graduation ceremony on Feb 1st, where Prof. Kayron promoted 6 blue belts, 6 purple belts and one brown belt, the BJJ champion also taught a free Jiu-Jitsu seminar to celebrate his student’s promotions. Adults and kids attended to the event and got together on the mat to learn and have a good time. On his social media, Kayron posted a picture of his team and said “ Great weekend for our school, amazing belt promotion! I’m very proud to be able to teach this amazing group of people.”
GRACIEMAG asked the professor how he feels watching his student’s progress and he said: “ I know this is the 1st of many belt ceremonies here at Mission Viejo and to watch my students evolving and getting closer to their black belts is very satisfying. I’m proud to see them working hard and for being able to lead them in this wonderful journey that is Jiu-Jitsu.”