Rickson Gracie BJJ Rank
Black + 3 stripes
2x World Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Champion
Over 25 years of Jiu-Jitsu experience
Over 10 years Mixed Martial Arts experience
Professional Fight Record
1 – 1
Learn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu from the best! Thiago Veiga and his brother Luiz Claudio are the BJJ instructors at Rothwell MMA. They both learned under Rickson Gracie. Rickson’s father, Helio Gracie, founded Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu- an adaptation on judo. Gracie Jiu-Jitsu allows smaller and weaker practitioners to defend themselves against larger opponents using technique rather than pure strength.
Thiago and Luiz started their journey in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Rickson over 25 years ago. Falling in love with the gentle art, they decided to open their own academy to spread Rickson Gracie’s philosophies across the USA. Luiz Claudio Combat Team (LCCT BJJ) was born.
Thiago, a third degree black belt, still trains under Rickson to this day. He constantly refines and invents new BJJ techniques. LCCT BJJ is the BJJ system behind the “Gogo Choke” that Ben Rothwell used to submit Matt Mitrione and Josh Barnett in the UFC. LCCT also trains UFC fighters Juliana Pena, Mike Chiesa, and Yair Rodriguez, just to name a few.
Jiu-Jitsu belts at LCCT BJJ are not bought or given on a whim. They are earned with a test on the fundamentals that are diligently broken down and taught. MMA fighters that utilize LCCT techniques do not win matches because of luck. They win because of the hard work, attention to detail and the years of developing a strong BJJ foundation.
LCCT is a family, a support system that thrives off of one another’s accomplishments. If you are looking for a home, then you are welcomed onto their mats. This is a growing family, with hundreds of people practicing LCCT BJJ techniques in 20 academies across the country.