Carlos Elias, better known as .Caique. (KI-EE-KAY) began studying jiu jitsu when he was just a boy. It was then that his natural talent and skill came to the attention of Grand Master Helio Gracie who began to train young Caique along with his own sons. Helio Gracie was so impressed with his young protege that he awarded him the title of Best Student at the original Academia Gracie in Brazil.
For more than 40 years Master Caique has dedicated himself to the most versatile and effective martial art style in the world, known as Gracie Jiu Jitsu, or more commonly Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He has surpassed the skill of black belt level and currently holds the highest rank in Jiu Jitsu- the red and black belt.
Caique was asked by the Gracie family to move to the United Stated more than 15 years ago to help teach this revolutionary style of fighting and defense. As with all challenges, Caique has created a highly effective organization that is responsive to the jiu-jitsu practitioner's skills and personality. He has helped to spread the art of Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu all over the world and at the same time remains focused on his academy in the South Bay Area of California. In fact, he is the only master of his rank to actually teach regular classes in that area. The Caique Jiu-Jitsu headquarters in Lomita, CA is over 5000 square feet in a state of art facility dedicated exclusively to the martial art's preservation and development.