Tappin' People out Since 04

About Our Team

TEAM-CHOCO was founded by Professor Vincent Carlucci (Black Belt, Gracie Barra) in 2004 at Naval Base Rota, Spain after moving from Germany. Professor Carlucci was taking an extended break from training due to multiple injuries, and moving his family from Germany to Spain. Wanting to get back to training he looked for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) schools up to 100 miles away to no avail. Determined to train again he posted flyers at the local gym asking for training partners. Several individuals came to train, but none had ever trained BJJ. Some of the first to come train with Professor Carlucci were Sean Christopher, Thomas Saunders, Richard Haddix, Johannes Torres, Henry Wise, James Drennan, Carlos Varona, and David Turner. Others came and went but this was the circle of individuals, who demonstrated through competitions such as the Spanish National Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championships, The British Open Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championships, the Finland ADCC Submission Wrestling Championships, and the European Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championships that we were a group of dedicated international competitors who had what it took to be successful and respected in the grappling world. In less than one year from posting that flyer in the gym, TEAM- CHOCO was born. As the years passed TEAM-CHOCO members moved to other location causing our purpose and goals to spread around the world. Many of the original members now run multiple academies in Spain, Germany, the United States, and Japan. Members train at, and with some of the best grappling schools in the world and compete under the TEAM-CHOCO banner to demonstrate their desire to represent the purpose and goals of this great team.