Thiago Reinaldo is a dedicated Jiu-Jitsu instructor and competitor, holding a 4th-degree black belt, granted by Sensei Henrique Machado. His journey in martial arts began in the 1990s, inspired by the iconic Royce Gracie.
In 1997, an invitation from a friend to visit his Jiu-Jitsu gym marked the beginning of his career and love for the art. Since then, he has never stopped, using Jiu-Jitsu not only as a form of self-defense but as a life philosophy.
Thiago is now the proud head instructor of Gracie Barra Stafford, located in Stafford, Virginia. In his gym, he is committed to sharing his knowledge, teaching the art of Jiu-Jitsu to a new generation of fighters.
Throughout his journey in Jiu-Jitsu, Thiago has had the opportunity to travel extensively, both within Brazil, his native country, and internationally. He appreciates the new cultures and friendships these experiences have brought, seeing them as one of the many gifts that Jiu-Jitsu has given him.
Thiago takes pride in his Jiu-Jitsu lineage, tracing back to Mitsuyo Maeda, through Carlos Gracie, Reyson Gracie, Osvaldo Alves, up to Henrique Machado. This lineage inspires him to continue evolving as a fighter and as an instructor, ensuring that the legacy of Jiu-Jitsu continues to live strong.
Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Reyson Gracie > Osvaldo Alves > Henrique Machado > Thiago Reinaldo