Cesar Lima is black belt second degree under Roger Gracie.Cesar began his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu career in 1999 in Aracatuba, a small town in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He learnt his first techniques under the guidance of Prof. Gilberto Gabas, who was student of Marco Barbosa. Cesar then moved to Sao Paulo city and continues to train under the tutelage of famed Value Tudo and UFC fighter, Jorge Patino Macano.
Early in 2002 Cesar decided to look for new challenges abroad. Leaving his Brazilian life behind him he traveled to London, home of the ten times world Jiu-Jitsu chamption, Roger Gracie.
Training with Roger helped and inspired Cesar to focus on his two main personal challenges. Firstly, perfect his technique and become the best BJJ practitioner in his class and second to pass on his knowledge and continue the global spread of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu by becoming an instructor at one of Roger's London academies.
After 4 year of intense training Cesar realized the first of his dreams. He had earned the trust of his professor and had become head instructor at the Roger Gracie - Vie Academy.
The team grew rapidly, and by 2018 Cesar's academies has become very respected in UK with athletes of all levels competing both locally and at a European/World level.
Cesar's second personal challenge proved even more demanding. During 2006 Cesar suffered a serious injury, tearing three ligaments in his knee. Both doctors and friends alike believed that he would never fight professionally again. But, they were wrong. Cesar began an intensive rehabilitation program and he was determined to get back to the mats and complete his second target, without never losing his motivation after 18 months of hard training and a lot of perseverance he was ready to fight again.
With such a great team behind him, Cesar's second great achievement followed not long after. In 2010 he became the gold medal winner of the world renowned IBJJF European championships, a title he continued to uphold by winning gold for a second time in 2011. He has truly become the best European fighter in his category.
Always on the lookout for new challenges, Cesar in early 2014 moved to Brighton and opened his own academy, where he continues to spread his teachings to children and adults alike.
With many students training Bjj Cesar thought he could have his own Bjj brand, it was when in 2015 he found an big opportunity in the market and took control of Grab + Pull Fightwear.
Years later, in 2019, Cesar formed the Grand Union Jiu Jitsu with 5 of his best students.