About Us

Gracie United
Team Jucao Ascension

At Gracie United Team Jucao Ascension we are a family, and our school is bound to become our students’ second home. We are a judgment-free zone, where mistakes are viewed as growth opportunities and your instructors and fellow students are your #1 supporters. You’ll learn a lot of impressive skills and gain many new abilities at Gracie United Team Jucao Ascension, but the most important thing you’ll acquire during your time here? Our community.



Here at Gracie United Team Jucao Ascension, our staff is the secret to our student success. Each instructor has a rich background in Jiu Jitsu and is eager to train the next generation of martial artists. Meet the team below!


Robbie Gautreaux

Professor Robbie Gautreaux is from Larose, Louisiana, where he was raised by a caring family of educators. He began his teaching career at the age of 12 by educating others on the many features of complex motor skills like swimming, gymnastics and acrobatics. He graduated from LSU in 2000 with his B.S. in Kinesiology, concentrating in the study of Human Movement Science with a minor in Psychology. While attending LSU, Professor Robbie had the honor of working under Tommy Moffitt, LSU’s current Assistant Athletic Director as well as one of the nation’s most renowned strength and conditioning coaches.

After college, Professor Robbie and his wife, Angela, moved to Ascension parish where the Gautreaux family settled back in the early 1800s. Professor Robbie is a professional member of the National Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association and is the strength and conditioning coach to many of our Gracie United MMA fighters and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competitors. He received his Black Belt on April 14, 2019 from Jiu Jitsu legend, Professor Ailson “Jucao” Brites and Professor Rafael Ellwanger. He has been studying Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Professor Ellwanger since January of 2009. He is a multiple time Louisiana and Mississippi State Champion and he finished with a silver medal in the IBJJF Masters World Championships in Long Beach, California, as a purple belt.

Since then, he has made it to the quarter finals twice as a brown belt at both the Master’s World Championships and the Pan American Championships. In 2015, he was ranked in the Top 10 in the world in his division. Professor Robbie founded Gracie United Brazilian Jiu Jitsu of Ascension Parish in 2011. He is passionate about sharing his love of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with the community while maintaining a wholesome family environment focused on personal development and growth for all students. Come join us in meeting the best version of yourself!

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Mathew Grady

Professor Mathew Grady has been training, mentoring, and coaching Brazilian Jiu Jitsu since June 2015. He is a member of the Gracie United-Team Jucao Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Competition Team. He is a 12-time IBJJF medalist. Professor Mathew earned his Black Belt on March 4th, 2023. He has dual degrees in Finance and Accounting from Southeastern Louisiana University.

Coach Mathew is a proud father of two awesome kids, Brooke and Andrew, and married to his beautiful wife, Somer. He enjoys coaching both the adult and kid programs to share the life-changing benefits with our community and looks forward to seeing you at tomorrow’s class.

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Aly Arn

Professor Aly Arn was born and raised in Michigan and moved to Louisiana in 2008. Once settled in, she started her career serving her community by becoming a Firefighter. While looking for an activity that would complement her career physically, she found Gracie United Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Here, she found the perfect outlet for her physical and mental health to keep up with her career.

Over the years, Professor Aly started stepping in to help teach the kid’s classes and then eventually the adults. Doing so, she found a way to give back to the BJJ community by sharing the knowledge, confidence, and discipline she has learned over the years. Professor Aly now, a brown belt teaches classes twice a week and competes for several times a year at IBJJF tournaments.

She has competed at many events over the years and is a 2x IBJJF Master World champion, an IBJJF Pan American Champion, and a multiple-time IBJJF International Open champion. She has found that taking herself out of her comfort zone to teach and compete has not only helped her grow as an individual and has also helped her grow in her profession.

Since Professor Aly has begun teaching, she learned how much it helped her with her Jiu Jitsu. She also learned how gratifying it is to see the growth and impact on the competency and self-esteem of her students at the fire academy and the Jiu Jitsu academy. She loves that she has inspired others to start to realize that they also want to help give back to the Jiu Jitsu community by helping around the Academy more.

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Aaron Carbo

Coach Aaron Carbo is from Baton Rouge, LA and has been training Jiu Jitsu since 2017 at Gracie United Ascension with Professor Robbie. He has been Coaching our No-Gi program since 2019. He is the proud father of Penelope, who can’t wait to start training Jiu Jitsu! He wrestled for Dutchtown High School and won the Baton Rouge City Championship his Senior year. After high school, Coach Aaron moved to Wisconsin and trained with the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater wrestling team. Coach Aaron enjoys teaching wrestling fundamentals as well as modern bjj techniques.

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Rodney Hyatt

Coach Rodney Hyatt has served his community as a Louisiana State Trooper since 1998. Throughout his career, he has dedicated his life to helping others through public service and the many charitable programs the Louisiana State Troopers Association offers. Always searching for ways to help others, Coach Rodney discovered Gracie United Ascension Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

After meeting the owner, Professor Robbie Gautreaux and the other instructors, Rodney knew that Gracie United was a family-oriented academy where he could trust his children would receive the highest level instruction in a safe environment. After witnessing Professor Robbie and the other instructors shape the lives of children, Coach Rodney decided that he could apply his dedication to helping others by providing students with life skills that could save their lives and make them more humble people.

Rodney believes that teaching BJJ allows him to give back to others by sharing the knowledge and skills he has acquired over the years. In addition, he says that he enjoys teaching children because it helps build their confidence, discipline, and respect for others. “I think it is essential for kids to learn these values at a young age; seeing them progress and grow to be better people has been gratifying. Confidence, discipline, and respect are core values that Professor believes in, and I believe teaching them makes the world a better place.”

Coach Rodney is an IBJJF Gold Medal Competitor as well as a student working on his PhD in criminal justice, investigating how BJJ can help Law enforcement officers to be safer and more effective. 

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Office Manager

Annelle Sedatol

Annelle Sedatol is a member of the class of 2024 in the College of Business at Southeastern Louisiana University. When she is not at school, Annelle is the friendly face that greets our students at the front desk of the Gracie United Ascension. Annelle enjoys interacting with the parents and getting to know more about the families that make up our academy.  She enjoys learning about their lives, how they enjoy spending their time, and what their goals and dreams are and how we can help achieve them. More than anything though, Annelle loves to see new faces and hear the stories of our new students. She is so excited for the future of Gracie United Jiu Jitsu and she truly hopes that you and your family are involved in it!

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Professor Robbie Gautreaux was raised by a family of educators in Larose, Louisiana. He started his teaching career when he was 12 years old by coaching various competitive athletics such as swimming, gymnastics, and acrobatics. He quickly became devoted to his gift of training champions and enjoyed celebrating his accomplished students. Robbie began training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in January 2009 and founded Gracie United Brazilian Jiu Jitsu of Ascension Parish just two years later.

Robbie Gautreaux received his black belt on April 14, 2019. On his fitness journey, he has been recognized multiple times as a state champion in Louisiana and Mississippi. He also placed silver in IBJJF Masters World Championships and was a quarter-finalist at both the Master’s World Championships and the Pan American Championships, among countless other achievements. He is passionate about helping others realize their potential and developing talents through Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He lives to help his students and himself be the best version of themselves in order to improve the world.

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