GRAND UNION is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu academy formed by 6 well respected Roger Gracie black belts Cesar Lima, Max Lima, Ross Nicholls, Steven Fage, Rogério Lima and Igor Terreco.
The team started in 2007, when Cesar led Roger Gracie's first affiliated academy in central London with Max Lima as its first student and Ross joining the team a short while later. Followed soon after by Steve, Rogerio and Igor, and many more talented athletes, Cesar's academy soon began to excel in reputation whilst gaining national and international recognition in the competitive arenas.
It wasn’t long after that Cesar recognized huge potential in some key founding members of the academy and began promoting them into active teaching roles which ultimately helped the team grow and continue to be active in competitive representations.
The team continued to grow rapidly and by 2018, Cesar’s team was already well known in the Bjj community not only for its many talented instructors, but also its competent athletes and competitors. The team soon began to develop its own identity, whilst winning national and international championships.
A harmoniously successful 12 year partnership between Cesar’s team and Roger Gracie’s ensued, ending in 2019 when Cesar and his main instructors decided to continue their work by promoting this unique identity of theirs that had allowed them to grow so strong over the years. The decision to part with RGA was one that Roger clearly understood, allowing us to part not only with his blessing, but also with the unbreakable respect and heritage that his family have brought to this sport.