Rolles was born into the world’s first family of fighting on July 14, 1978 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He is the grandson of Carlos Gracie Sr., the founder of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and son of Rolls Gracie (www.rollsgracie.com), who is widely considered to be the Gracie family’s most legendary Jiu-Jitsu practitioner. Rolles is physically the largest in the history of the Gracie clan, standing at 6’ 4” and weighing just over 240 pounds. He is a fourth-degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and a multi-title holding champion, not only BJJ, but also in Judo and submission wrestling.
Rolles began his Jiu-Jitsu training around the same time that he learned to crawl. Rolling on the mats with his father, Rolls, was an everyday part of life. Rolles trained with his father until his tragic and accidental death in 1982.
At the age of six, he began training with his uncle, Rilion Gracie, one of the most technical BJJ practitioners and coaches (www.riliongracie.com). During his early teenage years, Rolles trained at the world-famous Carlos Gracie Jr. Gracie Barra School in Rio de Janeiro (www.graciebarra.com). During this time at Gracie Barra, Rolles also trained with his cousin, Renzo Gracie, world-renowned MMA and BJJ fighter, who has defeated 5 UFC champions.
In 1996, Rolles moved to Santa Catarina, Brazil, to live and train with his uncle Rilion. After only six months, Rolles became the 1996 BJJ Pan American champion. Rolles continued his Jiu-Jitsu training for two more years in Santa Catarina.
He moved to Boca Raton, FL in 1998 in order to work on his stand-up game. Rolles excelled at Judo training and soon took two major state titles.
In 1999, Rolles moved back to Rio de Janeiro to train and compete, winning several more national and international titles over the next few years.
Rolles moved to New York City in 2004 to teach and train again with his cousin Renzo Gracie, at the Renzo Gracie Academy (www.renzogracie.com). After moving to NYC, Rolles made his debut in MMA fighting in major events all over the world, including the UFC, ONE FC, WSOF, KSW and others, accumulating eight wins all by submission.
He has been one of the main professors at the Renzo Gracie Academy and leader of Renzo Gracie Middletown, NJ.
The Rolles Gracie Academy in Old Bridge, NJ is his new endeavor, bringing high level training to another
part of the state. He continues to travel all around the world teaching private seminars. Some of his clients includes: The New York Jets, NYPD, Fort Myers Police Academy, the United States Navy Seals and many others.
The combination of learning from the best teachers of his family and his vast experience competing at high level in various fighting styles - Jiu Jitsu (Gi/No Gi), MMA, Submission Wrestling, Judo, and International Freestyle Wrestling - makes Rolles a unique professor who is able to understand every struggle that an amateur or professional fighter to everyday warrior comes across. Rolles is not only able to foresee challenges, but also provides the tools for these to be avoided.