• Professor Nick Stefan Instructor

    At the age of 10 years Nick started Tae Kwon Do as his first experience with Martial Arts. Nick then started training in Muay Thai and Kenpo Karate at the age of 15. While studying boxing at El Camino College, Nick was Introduced to Gracie Jiu Jitsu . Shortly after falling in love with the Art, Nick signed up at Rickson Gracie Jiu Jitsu Academy in West Los Angeles off of Pico Blvd.. At Rickson’s academy Nick used to watch Royler Gracie get ready for his Pride FC fights. Nick found the Machado brother jiu jitsu academy in Redondo beach, and after a few years of getting sick of the travel all the way to Los Angeles, he decided to join and learn under the Machado Brother’s, who at the time had the number one competition team in the USA. The Machado brothers studied under the Gracies and came to the US with them. In 2006 Nick was presented his black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu from Rigan Machado, with the presence of John, Roger, Jean Jaques, and Carlso Machado, also in attendance were B.J. Penn, and numerous other blackbelts He later re-met Master Royler Gracie and decided to compete and train directly under him and the Gracie Humaita Flag. Royler promoted Nick to his 1st Degree Black Belt, and is glad to be a part of the Gracie Humaita Family. He takes pride in representing the Gracie family and strives to be the best instructor to every student who comes to the Academy.

    Nick has competed his entire career in Jiu-Jitsu, winning tournaments from white to black belt.

    Some competition Milestones:

    – NoGi Mundial Champion 2009

    – Pan American Silver Medalist 2010

    – Multiple X Grapplers Quest Blackbelt Champion

    – Multiple X Grapplers Quest NoGi Champion

    – Pan American Champion 2006

    – Copa Pacifica Champion 2003

    – Arizona State Silver Medalist 2004

    – Mutliple X Best of the West Champion

    – Mutliple X Grappling Games Pans Champion

    – US Open Champion 2005

    – 2x American National Championship medalist

    – 5x American International Champion

    – Gracie Jiu Jitsu Open silver medalist

  • Charlie Gardner – Gracie Jiu Jitsu Instructor Instructor

    Professor Charlie Gardner started his Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training in Colorado under Amal Easton. Charlie moved to Carlsbad, ca in 2009 and started training under Nick Stefan at Gracie Jiu Jitsu Carlsbad as a blue belt. He started working teaching classes and then eventually working his way up to manager at the Gracie Carlsbad location. Charlie , now a Black belt and Gracie Jiu Jitsu Instructor  has fought MMA, Muay Thai, and in  Jiu Jitsu Tournaments doing very well in competition. Nick has groomed Charlie to be the best instructor and student in the Academy. Charlie teaches Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai classes at Gracie Jiu Jitsu San Marcos and Carlsbad.
    Gracie Jiu Jitsu San Marcos
    997 W San Marcos Blvd #108
    San Marcos, Ca 92078