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“…a hard-earned advantage that in a life-threatening situation can make all the difference.”
Prof. Bryan Waltz from GB Colorado Springs talks about a real-life story of where a Jiu-Jitsu student used their skills to protect themselves in a dangerous situation.
The Gracie Barra Kid’s jiu-jitsu program equips young people with the tools and confidence they need to face their challenges in the world.
Prof. Bryan runs the successful GB Little Champions program at his GB school, and talks about jiu-jitsu for kids, and shares advice on how kids can get started in Jiu-Jitsu.
GB: What kind of positive feedback have you heard from parents whose children have started jiu-jitsu?
Prof. Bryan: I have gotten countless messages of positive feedback from parents over the years but messages like this really drive to the heart of why we teach Jiu-Jitsu. I received this message from a thankful father. I changed the name of the boy for the sake of anonymity.
“Hey Bryan, I wanted to thank you. John got jumped in school yesterday. The first guy that punched him, John took down and put him in a rear-naked choke. Using him as a shield while other kids tried to punch and kick him while he was down. John is alright now, a little banged up. Thanks again, Bryan.”
One of the kids in the crowd recorded the incident and I watched the video. It was just like his dad said. John was assaulted but he was not a victim. He was a quiet, very well mannered kid who trained with me for a few years, did some competitions, and ended up in a rough High School. The kids who tried to punch and kick him on the ground had to give up in this case because of John and such a strong grip on their friend. The whole thing ended with no blood or broken bones but if John didn’t know Jiu-Jitsu the outcome could have very easily been a humiliating public beating. As parents, we do so much to protect our kids but at some point, we have to let them out of our supervision and leave them unprotected among their peers. The promise of Jiu-Jitsu isn’t to make anyone invincible. The promise is to give them an edge, a hard-earned advantage that in a life-threatening situation can make all the difference.
GB: Can you share a success story of one of your GB Kids students?
Prof. Bryan: They are all still works in progress! I have grown apart from the kids I used to teach in New Mexico under Professor Tussa but have heard that many have become fine young adults. My current crop of kiddos shows great potential in BJJ and in life!
GB: Some parents may be concerned that jiu-jitsu carries the potential for injury. How does Gracie Barra ensure a “safety first” experience in the kid’s programs?
Prof. Bryan: Kids come into class all the time with a cast on their arm or wrist! Haha. Where did they get this injury? It’s always the playground or falling out of trees or being careless at home. In all my years I have never had a serious injury in class. The injuries kids get at a Gracie Barra school are along the lines of a scraped knee or bumped nose, a few tears followed by laughter after a hug from mom or dad. Other sports like football, soccer, gymnastics, or cheerleading all carry more dangers in general than BJJ for kids in my opinion. Kids at Gracie Barra train under close adult supervision on the state of the art mats which keeps injuries at a minimum.
GB: What advice do you have for parents who are thinking of starting their children in jiu-jitsu classes? What is the first step?
Prof. Bryan: The first step is just to sign your kids up and create a routine.
My advice to parents is to be patient and trust in the system. Don’t push your kids very hard or you will end up ruining the experience for them. The trick is to teach self-reliance so don’t yell at them from the sidelines. Let them think for themselves and have fun. If they enjoy themselves then they will eventually want to train for themselves and not for mom or dad. Then they can get hungry for Jiu-Jitsu and before you know it a fire will be lit. Be careful not to be an overbearing parent that extinguishes that fire. Parents are fantastic at ruining fun things, myself included! To really coax the best out of your child for long term Jiu-Jitsu training, your critiques should be gentle and minimal and your praise should be over the top! Don’t try to be your child’s coach, he or she already has one. Instead, be your child’s cheerleader. Let us return to our tree analogy. Growing a tree takes time and its growth rate, assuming it has adequate light and nutrients is based on its genetics. If you get impatient with the growth rate and start pumping up the fertilizer and energetically pruning branches, pretty soon you have a sick tree. I know many kids that were pushed too hard, won some tournaments, got burned out, and disappeared. Slow and steady wins this race. If you are a parent then sign your kid up, bring them two days a week, leaving time for other activities, and then take a big step back and relax. You’ve just made one of your best parenting moves. One day your child will thank you for the benefit of the fruit of the tree you grew together!
Ready to take on the WORLD!
We are super happy to announce that our student, and GB Oceania Ambassador, India Risby (@india_risby) will represent Australia at the IBJJF World Championship in Los Angeles, United States this weekend!
Her division will be on at 10:30am Saturday time, and can be watched live through FloGrappling!
Good luck India!
6 years in a row!
Congratulations to our Gracie Barrateam for placing 1st in the Academy Rankings for the 2021-2022 season!
1) Gracie Barra
3) GF Team
2) GF Team
We can’t do it without all our team members!
A Gracie Barra student writes in and asks “I have a job, I’m taking a course some evenings and I need to spend time with my girlfriend. I can only manage to go to Jiu-Jitsu class twice a week. Is it worth it if I can only go twice per ㅤweek? Is that enough to get better? Or am I wasting my time?”
A great question!
The majority of us are not professional BJJ athletes who can train every day and perform strength and conditioning workouts on top of that. We have careers, school, socializing, and time with family. There never seems to be enough time to do everything that we want to do.
The short answer to the question is: Yes. You can improve in Jiu-Jitsu even if you are limited to 2 classes per week. As with any activity, the more hours that we can devote to practice, the faster we will learn. Now you won’t improve as rapidly as another student who has the freedom to go to the Gracie Barra school every day, but it is not a good comparison to make if your life circumstances are so different.
Training only once per week is probably not going to be very productive – especially in the early stages of learning Jiu-Jitsu. You will forget what you learned last week before you have had a chance to review and repeat the movements. We simply need a certain number of repetitions in a week time frame in order to burn the physical movements into our muscle memory and mentally reinforce the details.
You can do that with 2 x week classes. As importantly, you will stay engaged mentally in Jiu-Jitsu and keep some psychological momentum to keep coming to class. There are a lot of potential distractions in our lives and without connecting with our instructor and training partners at least twice a week, our motivation may start to wane.
Even for more experienced Jiu-Jitsu students, there will be periods in our lives where “life just gets in the way” and we must reduce our training schedule – or even stop entirely for periods when other obligations take priority.
For example, a student studying for exams week may need to temporarily pause their normal training schedule in order to fully focus on studying. They know that soon enough the exams will be over and they can return to a normal schedule.
There will be periods where we have a lot of spare time to devote to Jiu-Jitsu and some times where we will just maintain our training. It’s a marathon, not a sprint.
It is important to recognize that training BJJ is not only for younger people who have fewer responsibilities. Some of the busiest, high achievers that I know (who have perfectly valid excuses to say that they are too busy) MAKE the time to go to class at the Gracie Barra school.
Several years ago. I met a university Professor of Economics – who was also on the country’s National Economic Council – that was a 5th-degree black belt in karate. In light of his considerable commitments, I asked how he found the time to go to the karate dojo 3 or 4 nights every week?
“I have to!” he explained. “If I don’t go train I can not be as productive in the rest of my life. Training keeps me grounded, balanced, and feeds my energy for the rest of my time. If I stop training, I lose effectiveness in the rest of my life.”
I never forgot his message. Setting aside that time every week to train does not detract from our other activities and responsibilities. Instead, training Jiu-Jitsu feeds our energy and clears our thinking so that we can deal with all of our life challenges.
So if you can’t train every day, that’s ok. Just get into class when you can and enjoy the benefits of training Jiu-Jitsu for the rest of your week.
Welcome to our new home!
Our classes are now running as normal in our brand new facility!
Here is our address!
Level 4, 28 Rodborough Road, Frenchs Forest, NSW 2086
We can’t wait to have you all visit us!
As Gracie Barra students are looking for a new year, it marks a fresh start symbolically.
It’s a great time to reflect on the successes and lessons of the past year. What did you learn that made the biggest difference in your Jiu-Jitsu in the past year? What really worked in your training? Recognize the training partners that you spent the most hours with and appreciate how working together pushed you both through obstacles,
When looking forward to the coming year of training here is an important question to ask: What didn’t go as well as you hoped and how can you adjust your training to improve in those areas.
I read a great quote from motivational speaker Tony Robbins “When we succeed we party when we fail, we ponder.” I think what Tony is saying is that we can look at things that didn’t go well and use that to analyze why and make a plan to fix it.
Here is an example that illustrates this idea. A brown belt I trained with said to me while sitting on the mats watching rolls “I need to improve my back attacks. I get to the back often enough, but I’m just not getting the finish as often as I think that I should. If you get the opponents back…it should be a kill. And now, for me, it isn’t.”
I thought about that simple statement. I was having much the same experience as he was. I knew back was the most dominant position on the ground, but I honestly didn’t feel as comfortable with a back mount as I did while inside mount. This had to change. What could I do to correct this problem?
I set some training goals on a focused effort to improve that part of my Jiu-Jitsu game. Now everyone says that they want to improve some particular part of their Jiu-Jitsu, but don’t necessarily know how they are going to go about it.
Here are some specific goals and things you can do to improve a certain aspect of your game.
1) Narrow your focus for 6 to 8 weeks. For that period of time, all of your video watching, drilling, strategy in rolling will be in that one position.
All roads lead to that position for you during this period of specialization.
Quite simply, you are going to have to spend the hours in THAT position in order to get better. Watching YouTube technique videos for 1 week is not going to do much to make a big difference in a position. But 6 to 8 weeks? You might well go up another belt level in skill on that 1 position with a narrow concentration of effort.
2) Specific training. There are a few ways you can adapt your rolling to maximize your learning in a specific position – let’s use back mount as our example.
Specific training where you start in the back mount and try to maintain the position and finish while your training partner tries to escape. When one of those objectives is met, you reset in the back mount and start again. You very likely do this in class for whatever position was covered that day. You can decide to do it on your own initiative if your partner agrees.
If there is one “secret” to improvement that many top-level black belts have to get good FAST…this is it.
Limiting yourself. This is particularly effective when training with lesser experienced belts. You ONLY allow yourself to get a submission from the back. Sure, you could just do the same old and probably get the submission with your A-Game triangle choke or side mount Kimura…but not for the next 6 to 8 weeks. You are ONLY allowed to finish from the back. This is going to force you to constantly look for the back in the roll, spend the most minutes holding the position and learn a lot about how your opponent is going to react defending in back mount. This is a new challenge for you.
When rolling with more experienced opponents, you are going to allow your back to be taken. Now instead of just trying to survive, escape and “win” the roll, you are going to pay attention. Really notice what your more experienced training partner is doing to control you. What grips are they using to prevent your escape? What do you feel from their hooks that is allowing them to stay connected to your back? How are they overcoming your defenses and getting the tap? What are they doing that makes you feel uncomfortable in the position?
After the roll ask your training partner what they were trying to do when you tried to escape? Why were they using a specific grip or being strong with a particular pressure? These details will be HUGE in your understanding of the back mount and you can add them to your own back game.
Apply these goal-oriented training ideas to a position in your own Jiu-Jitsu and level up your game in 2022!
Cash joined our Tiny Champions program a few months ago and has been working very hard to learn some awesome Jiu-Jitsu! He’s made awesome improvements and we can’t wait to see him get even better!
Make sure you say hi next time you see him!
Happy birthday Prof. Marcelo!
Thank you for everything you have done for our team!
We hope you have an amazing day and look forward to having you on the mats soon!
Anderson has been training with us for a while, and is one of the most technical students that we have! His dedication and persistence recently laid off with his new brown belt!
Make sure you say hi next time you see him!
Happy Mother's Day!
On behalf of the entire team at GB Sydney, we would like to wish all of the mums a very happy Mothers Day!
Prof Jack joined us 11 years ago when he was 15, and grew up with us. After many years of dedication and training, he was awarded his black belt by Prof Marcelo yesterday!
Congratulations Prof. Jack!
Make sure you say hi next time you see him!
“Jiu-Jitsu is training for life.”
One of the most important parts of the Gracie Barra school is the Little Champions Jiu-Jitsu programs.
Many parents are aware that martial arts training can help today’s children deal with many of the challenges they face – from bullying to lack of proper role models to sedentary lifestyle.
Gracie Barra Kids Jiu-jitsu classes are a great way for parents to help provide children with the tools (both physical and mental) that builds a healthy foundation for their personal growth.
Prof. Felipe Guedes says
“Remember that at this age the benefits that most parents are looking forward to providing to their kids are, coordination, balance, control, interacting with other kids, listening skills, responding to commands, eye contact, fun activity, exercising, etc.”
Jiu-Jitsu provides all of this and more. Here are 3 reasons children benefit from doing Jiu-Jitsu.
1- Anti-Bullying and self-confidence
The statistics on school bullying are sobering:
1 in 7 students in grades K-12 is either a victim of bullying or the perpetrator of bullying.
90% of kids between the 4th and 8th grades report they are victims of bullying.
The National Education Association reports that more than 160,000 kids miss school every day because they are afraid they will be bullied.
Prof. Fabio Villela believes that developing Jiu-jitsu skills build up stronger self-confidence in young people.
“We as Jiu-jitsu instructors have the job to take them out of the comfort zone and every day makes them have a good challenge then kids can be proud of themselves.
Their parents will see their evolution inside and outside the mats.”
Children who are training Jiu-Jitsu at Gracie Barra are building self-confidence which makes them less of a target for bullying and developing real self-defense skills that will protect them in any aggressive situation.
Prof. Fabio Villela adds “For sure self-confidence issues is the biggest problem for kids and this can develop speech and sociable problems. In Jiu-jitsu we always need to challenge ourselves training with somebody stronger, heavier, higher level and learn new techniques every day, whenever the kids find out they can do it their self-confidence will get stronger inside and outside the mats.”
2 – Working with others and developing key social skills
“I’ve been teaching martial arts for kids since 2008, to hundreds of families. And I’ve seeing Jiu-Jitsu helping their kids in so many ways!
Every child is different and we use Jiu-Jitsu to benefits each child the best way possible.
Some kids are on one side of the spectrum being very shy, for those the first benefits that the parents notice is the level of confidence becoming higher, they start to understand what they are capable of and not allowing anyone to take advantage of them and being comfortable on their own skin and even helping them to be more decisive and confident to make decisions.
Their abilities to interact socially with other kids improve so much, and they are not afraid anymore of looking others in the eyes when having a conversation and having to even speak in public.” says Prof. Felipe Guedes.
Gracie Barra Jiu-Jitsu is a structured environment where young people learn and practice crucial social skills like cooperation, working together as part of a team, and respect for other people. Lessons on having a good attitude are reinforced every class.
3 – Physical Activity – The statistics on the number of hours young people spend playing video games and their overall screen time in a day -at the expense of physical activity is alarming.
According to the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition:
Only 1 in 3 kids are physically active every day.
Kids now spend more than 7.5 hours a day in front of a screen (TV, computer, video games, etc.).
Source: GB ICP
The Gracie Barra children’s Jiu-Jitsu programs are a great way to get kids active in a fun, interactive, and SAFE physical activity under the supervision of qualified instructors.
GB asked Prof. Bryan Waltz from GB Colorado Springs – where he runs a successful GB Little Champions program – “Some parents may be concerned that jiu-jitsu carries the potential for injury. How does Gracie Barra ensure a “safety first” experience in the kid’s programs?”
Prof. Bryan: Kids come into class all the time with a cast on their arm or wrist! Haha. Where did they get this injury? It’s always the playground or falling out of trees or being careless at home. In all my years I have never had a serious injury in class. The injuries kids get at a Gracie Barra school are along the lines of a scraped knee or bumped nose, a few tears followed by laughter after a hug from mom or dad. Other sports like football, soccer, gymnastics, or cheerleading all carry more dangers in general than BJJ for kids in my opinion. Kids at Gracie Barra train under close adult supervision on the state of the art mats which keeps injuries at a minimum.”
“…you will be unbeatable, you are going to be a champion”
Prof. Ulpiano Malachias of Gracie Barra Westchase talks this week about mental focus, feeling nervous before competing, and the key to GB Team success.
GB: Can you share with the GB Online readers about the preparations weeks and months before getting ready to compete in a major tournament? What is the weekly training like?
Prof. Ulpiano: Three weeks before the competition, we try to push the pace hard. Try to do as many rounds as we can – like a competition. Our routine – usually we train every day for 2 hours of competition training. Followed by an hour and a half of physical conditioning training. We have a company called Fighter’s Choice to help us with the recovery and all of the supplements that we need.
GB: What is the difference between entering a BJJ tournament to have fun and gain experience and preparing to try to win a major competition at a high level?
Prof. Ulpiano: When you compete just for fun, you go to the tournament, you try your best, and whatever is the result, you go home happy. That was the idea of the code that Gracie Barra used for a long time. Winning or losing…you learn. It’s not such a matter of winner or loser. It’s when you have the mentality of gaining experience and just for fun.
When you want to compete at the highest level and you want to be a champion, first of all, you can not accept defeat. Losing is not even a contest. You can not think “if I lose”…this does not exist. So we try our best here when we get ready for a major tournament.
So for a major tournament, we believe in:
If you have focus, you are going to get all of this. You are going to get right there, you will be unbeatable, you are going to be a champion. That is the mentality that we have for a major tournament.
GB: Some competitors say that they learn as much from 1 competition as they do from 3 or 4 months of regular classes at the GB school. Why is this true? What can a student learn only by competing?
Prof. Ulpiano: Competition is not about who is the best. Competition is about who can put the strategy to work better? So this thing we say that you learn more in a competition than in 3 months of training -because for example if I go to a guillotine and I miss, and I give the guy 2 points and I can’t reverse him and I’m out.
It’s not that you learn any new techniques or positions, but you learn a better usage of your strategy. In competition action, it’s more than actually in training. Because in training if you tap or somebody passes your guard, it doesn’t really matter. But in a competition, you can’t have that happen.
GB: What would you say has been the key to your and your team’s competition success?
Prof. Ulpiano: I think the key for our team to succeed is the union, the brotherhood, and the spirit of a team. We are all training to improve the group. Our main focus here is not just one person, it is the group. I think this is what makes our group strong.
GB: What advice do you give to competitors who are dealing with nerves and stress before a competition?
Prof. Ulpiano: To experience the nerves is normal. If you don’t have the butterflies if you don’t have the nerves…if you are not asking yourself “what am I doing here?” …you are not in the right mindset. It’s normal to have nerves. But you have to be able to control them. When you shake the opponent’s hand and the referee says “combate!” you have to be able to put everything behind and focus on all of the training and hard work that you did for weeks leading to that tournament.
GB: Would you like to give a shout out to any sponsors, coaches, or training partners?
I would like to give a shout-out number 1 to Gracie Barra and Master Carlos Gracie Jr. and Prof. Draculino for always giving me the best guidelines in life to become a better person and a better competitor. And also, I would like to give a shout-out to all of my students here at Gracie Barra Westchase. They are the ones to motivate me and push me to get better every day.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
We will remember them.
Lest we forget.
Fin has been training with us for a long time! We've been lukcy to see him grow up on the mats, and is a great example to our other students!
Make sure you say hi next time you see him!
If you have been training jiu-jitsu for any length of time, you will recognize the considerable stresses that your body is subjected to. After all, what other art and sport have your best friends trying to choke you unconscious and bend your limbs to near the breaking point several times each week? All joking aside, jiu-jitsu is at once called the “gentle art” but at times is not quite so gentle on our bodies.
Jiu-jitsu addicts understand the passion for rolling with their friends and try to stay healthy and on the mats as much as possible. Some degree of sports injuries seem inevitable, but this can be mitigated by following a few practices to maintain and care for what I like to call your “machine”. Your samurai spirit might be strong and your desire to train may be great, but if we don’t take care of our machine, we aren’t going to be able to perform near our best and stay on the mat without injury interruptions.
Here are a few tips for Gracie Barra jiu-jitsu students to maintain their machines.
1- The right amount of training. If you are constantly aching, icing, and covered with so much athletic tape that you resemble a mummy from a horror movie, then you might be overtraining. In addition to feeling physically worn out, your mental state may also suffer negatively from training too often. The accumulation of small injuries is evidence that your body is subjected to too much stress to fully recover.
Now if you are training extra hard to prepare for a tournament, this wear and tear and aches and pains are part of the deal. But this must be balanced with recovery time in order to allow the body to heal and return to a normal state of functioning.
2- Allowing injuries to fully heal
If you have ever had one training partner who suffered some sort of training injury, only to show up to class limping and insisting that they are fine to resume training, you will understand this point. If you have sustained an injury that forced you off of the mats for a period of time, you must allow the body enough time to heal. If you try to jump back into training again too soon, what happens?
That’s right. You aggravate the injury and now it will be even longer before you can return to training. Uugghhh! You need to know when to take advice on when to stay off the mats for your own good.
3- Yoga and mobility work
Mobility may be defined as the ability to move our joints through their full range of motion. It’s a cliche, but that old adage “Use it or lose it” is true when it comes to our body’s joint mobility. Many long-time BJJ practitioners will swear by yoga (or another structured mobility program) for keeping their machines well greased and running smoothly.
We do some stretching as part of the Gracie Barra warmup, but if you are demanding a lot out of your body, you will want to regularly perform some mobility and flexibility work to ensure against joint pain.
4- Eat well. One of the main causes of joint pain for BJJ athletes is inflammation. And one of the best treatments for inflammation is eating a healthy diet – focused on natural foods that have not been processed and as close as possible to their natural state. Think a real chicken breast as opposed to chicken nuggets. They are NOT the same thing!
Now most of us know that we SHOULD be eating well. But if ask yourself “What did you eat today?”, you might be mildly embarrassed to admit your meal choice. I’m not going to give specific diet advice in this short article but simply reminding you that if you truly want peak performance and longevity, you are going to have to pay attention to your nutrition. Focus on real food, unprocessed and nutrient-dense.
5- Leave something in the tank
The hardcore mentality of “go hard or go home!” and “No pain…no gain!” is a mindset that unless you are pushing yourself to your limits, you are not training seriously.
MMA coach and BJJ black belt Firas Zahabi recommend lower intensity and training more often in a week than high intensity and fewer weekly sessions. Zahabi explains that over the course of a year, those extra hours of training at lower intensity add up and ultimately are more effective at improving our jiu-Jitsu. Leave something in the tank so you look forward to the next training session.
Happy birthday Prof. Eduardo!
Andrew, affectionately known as Foxy, has been a consistent training partner with us for years! After starting at GB St Peters as one of their first members, he moved to the Northern Beaches, and has kept training with us! Plus, he got his purple belt recently too! Congratulations Andrew!
Make sure you say hi next time you see him!
The traditional martial arts have long been associated with the character and spiritual development from far back to their origins in Japan and China.
Gracie Barra’s philosophy of the Jiu-Jitsu lifestyle not only is focused on physical fitness through jiu-jitsu and eating well, but also on cultivating those positive character traits and behaviors.
We have interviewed many of GB’s most influential instructors and they all reflect on the positive mental benefits derived from the practice of Jiu-Jitsu. Here, from the GB Online Life Lessons with Master Carlos Gracie Jr., we examine some of the ideas on the importance of goals and discipline from the life experience of the founder of Gracie Barra.
The focus on Goals and Dreams
Many people can struggle without a sense of purpose. A directionless existence. Jiu-Jitsu provides a direction to focus our energies in a positive way. “I believe that two things make a person grow, and achieve whatever they want to achieve. The imagination, because you have to visualize, to dream about your goals, and you need to have willpower – that is what is going to help you get what you want.” The goals of skill improvement, overcoming fears, or even that next belt graduation are all ways in which training jiu-jitsu forms positive goals for students.
Discipline. The second point that Master Carlos Gracie Jr makes is about the practical need for self-discipline and willpower to follow through and make our goals come to reality.
“The willpower is fed by the discipline. Discipline is that toll you have that will make you do your everyday obligations and reach your goal.”
How do we develop more self-discipline through jiu-jitsu? It starts with your love for learning jiu-jitsu and our enthusiasm to improve.
“So I think… how am I going to have the discipline to achieve my dream?” asks Master Carlos. “First, because it’s something joyful. It makes me happy to think about it.”
He adds his philosophy about the importance of the Gracie Barra team in our motivation. “Secondly because I’m energized by the people surrounding me that also share the same dream. It’s a group that energizes each other. When one is a little tired and the other is full of energy, it helps to push everyone forward.”
“It would be different if our goal were something that didn’t bring us joy. The greatest advantage I see about how Gracie Barra works with discipline is that we create a standard of patronization in which people can just show up at the school whenever they want, train for as long as they want Because this is not enough.
Gracie Barra learned that putting the students to do specific things inside an organized education system makes the discipline much deeper and we’ll use that if the person trains however and whenever he or she wants.”
Goals + Discipline = A happier life full of accomplishments on and off the mats.
GB Sydney will be closed for the following days over the long weekend.
Friday 15th April
Saturday 16th April
Sunday 17th April
Monday 18th April
Classes will resume as normal on Tuesday 19th April!
We can't wait to have you back on the mats!
Chamonix has been training with us for years! After seeing her brother get started, she gave it a try herself, and was recently awarded with her blue belt! Congratulations Chamonix!
Make sure you say hi next time you see her!
A future GB student asks about preparing themselves to start doing the Fundamentals classes at Gracie Barra: “I really want to start BJJ but should I get myself into shape first?”
This is a thought shared by many apprehensive jiu-jitsu students. And we see this almost as often with lapsed students who have gotten out of training for one reason or another, saying “I want to spend a month working back into shape before I get back into class.” Unspoken, but most often there is the fear that they will get “rolled up” by former training partners that they used to dominate. This can be a significant ego deterrent to resuming training after a break.
The short answer is that while being physically fit is an asset in practicing jiu-jitsu, the best way to get fit for jiu-jitsu is…well…doing jiu-jitsu itself!
There are a few reasons why this is so true in the case of BJJ.
1- The idea of specificity of training. The best way to develop the specific physical attributes for any particular sport is to train the sport more. Jiu-jitsu requires a certain type of strength – different from that of a gym rat with impressive beach muscles. A competitive 10km runner may have an impressive degree of cardiovascular endurance, but would quickly tire in a roll. Simply the best way to condition your body for jiu-jitsu is just doing jiu-jitsu!
2- Fatigue largely depends on our ability to relax and breathe while moving dynamically. We see athletes from other sports try rolling in BJJ class and see them straining every muscle fiber in their bodies and holding their breath while exerting force inefficiently. No wonder they quickly gas out. A large part of having a “gas tank” in Bjj comes from feeling familiar performing certain movements like bridging or escaping our hips efficiently. We start to relax the muscles that we were unnecessarily tensing and move with much greater ease. This comes from repeating those jiu-jitsu specific movements in class.
3- Timing. This is the first thing to go when we cease training for a period. We forget. We react too slowly to our opponent’s moves and mess up the timing of our own movements. The result is that we quickly get behind in the match, are battling from inferior positions, and having to expend excessive effort to try to escape while our opponent relaxes, allows us to carry their body weight and rapid fatigue.
The only way to sharpen your timing is to get on the mat and roll.
Master Carlos Gracie Jr has a few thoughts for older GB students who want to get back into training at the GB School. Perhaps an adjustment in our expectations is in order.
“Most people who were kings want to be kings forever. But my friends, keep in mind that each one of us has our own era. People get older and have to work around new possibilities.“
“When we look at jiu-jitsu in the long term, we must take care of our physical body and adapt our mental approach to where we find ourselves in our physical capacity.”
Caio has been training for many years with us! After many years of training, he is progressing along his brown belt towards the next step on the journey!
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“I believe in the idea of a healthy body and a healthy mind.”
Today we are sharing an excerpt from the GB Online course Life Lessons with Master Carlos Gracie Jr. where the founder of Gracie Barra discusses different aspects of Jiu-Jitsu and life philosophy.
The body and spirit
” I believe in the idea of a healthy body and a healthy mind. ” The whole thing. I work for the whole,” says Master Carlos Gracie Jr.
“It doesn’t matter having one good part doing well if another part is broken. Because if that is the case, you will have to work twice as hard or half of what you should.
Following my spiritual beliefs, I think our body works as a temple for our spirit. We came into this world, our spirit came into this world in order to evolve. So it needs the body to be able to go through that. I believe that if I was supposed to carry some kind of disease I would have had it by now, so I could ‘pay’.
If I was born with a healthy body why wouldn’t I work and appreciate that body? So my spirit can improve peacefully and my body can enjoy the good things.”
Master Carlos goes on to share his thoughts on older Jiu-Jitsu practitioners giving up on our disciplines and having to change our expectations and approach.
“Sometimes I think people make excuses. They give up on their willpower because it’s too hard to keep being disciplined. I hear things like ‘my body is hurt, I can’t train well. But Jiu-Jitsu gives you many training options.
Of course, if you want to train the same way that you trained when you were younger and be competitive…your body will feel it. My body would feel it too. If I start to train in a way that requires a lot from my body, it would make me feel weakened. For that kind of training,.. but I could easily accept many other training options.
I just can’t fool myself. I might try to fool others, I might be fooling others, but I can’t fool myself. I’m worried about satisfying myself, not others.
Training to your own potential
I have my own potential. I had one before and I might have a different one now and another one in the future. This is life. It doesn’t matter who you once we’re. The problem is that people keep their minds on what they used to be, and refuse to accept life’s cycle. Remember that if someone is on top, he/she won’t be on top forever. He/she will fall. And when that happens, it’s almost like a new beginning. But the ego is not prepared for that.
Most people who were kings want to be kings forever. But my friends, keep in mind that each one of us has our own era. People get older and have to work around new possibilities.”
When we look at jiu-jitsu in the long term, we must take care of our physical body and adapt our mental approach to where we find ourselves in our physical capacity.
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This week, we will talk about the top 4 reasons that all Jiu-Jitsu students should compete at least once.
Many instructors at Gracie Barra are very passionate about competition and put a lot of effort and enthusiasm into building their GB Competition Team.
Not every Gracie Barra jiu-jitsu student has the goal of being an IBJJF World Champion, but there several solid reasons why students should consider entering an open tournament outside of their GB school.
1- To push yourself out of your comfort zone. You train with your favorite training partners at every class and are familiar and comfortable with each other’s games. It’s a great workout, but it’s an entirely different experience to test your skills in an adrenaline-filled situation under the bright lights and in front of a crowd!
For many students, this is going to require them to leave their comfort zone and open themselves to new experiences.
Prof. Flavio Almeida – himself a World Champion and more recently Masters competitor – talks about a competition being the impetus for leaving our comfort zones.
“First and foremost it has been my experience as a teacher for 20 years now, is that competition is an essential part of jiu-jitsu. Every jiu-jitsu practitioner – no matter the age, no matter the level – should engage in some sort of competition. In my definition of competition is to step outside of their comfort zone.”
2- To stretch your technical abilities to a whole new higher level. Getting ready for the competition will force you to sharpen your existing skills and even add a new technique or position to your game. The samurai would call this “sharpening your sword”. The more intense training to prepare for a tournament will force you to develop your technique to be at your absolute sharpest for your matches.
“Really, the number one reason, the priority, actually the purpose behind the competition is exactly to stretch our abilities to a new level. To continuously grow as a martial artist,” says Prof. Flavio.
3- “Learn more from 1 tournament than from 3 months of regular training”. Many instructors and competitors are adamant that the lessons learned from competing in one tournament are equivalent to several months of regular training. They feel that the competition experience more deeply drives these lessons more deeply into our minds. A mistake leading to a loss will echo in the mind for a long time afterward and a successful technique that won a match will be forever cemented in our games.
Why is it that the tournament setting is so conducive to learning? Prof. Flavio feels that in the heat of competition that we experience “a different level of consciousness. And we are very open to learning everything. Everything that there is to be learned.
Technically speaking – you just see things that you just wouldn’t see in any other conditions. It’s almost like your brain is on steroids for those few minutes of that fight.”
4- To work within your GB team and push each other together. As a member of the GB Competition team you will support your GB Teammates and in turn, be supported by your teammates in preparing for the event. You will be responsible to show up to every training session to sharpen each other and improve as a team.
Prof. Flavio echoes the idea of connecting as a team: “You are going to develop a level of emotional bond with your coaches and training partners, your brothers and sisters in arms that you never would have developed otherwise. That’s really what happens out there.”
Lucas has been smashing our Kids Classes, and was recently given his first stripe! What an awesome achievement for our Little Champion!
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Gracie Barra’s Little Champions jiu-jitsu programs all over the world are run by experienced and passionate instructors who use jiu-jitsu as a vehicle to help shape the lives of young people in positive ways.
We asked several instructors to share their insights and first-hand experiences about the ways in which jiu-jitsu training benefits young Gracie Barra students.
Prof. Fabiana Borges in Arizona still finds time to train and compete at an international level while running her GB school and positively influencing the lives of the students in her kids’ classes.
Prof. Fabiana says “My philosophy is helping others to be more confident and believes in themselves. I believe that jiu-jitsu can help you be a better person, overcome your fears and obstacles. Also, it’s a great work out, you have fun while doing it and make lifetime friends. “
GB asked Prof. Fabio Villella:
What do you feel are the primary benefits for kids to be regularly attending jiu-jitsu classes?
Prof. Fabio Villela “The 1st biggest change usually is at school and inside their homes.
At school, they get better grades, don’t get in trouble, and be more respectful with teachers and friends.
At home, they listen more to their parents and are more respectful with siblings.
Prof. Felipe Guedes is especially passionate about the Gracie Barra anti-bullying program and has taught classes all over the USA and in many different countries.
Prof Felipe shares “Now for the other side of the spectrum, we see very physical and aggressive kids, learning how to control themselves, respect authority, and follow rules. They become more gentle with others and normally great leaders among their friends.
So, we work on finding the healthy balance between building them up or mellowing them down.”
Many parents see children participating in traditional martial arts as a great way for children to learn character development, respect for the Instructor and their fellow students.
Prof. Guedes says “Human beings are social creatures, and we all seek to fit or click with a group of people and have a sense of belonging. At Gracie Barra, everyone is treated the same, with respect, and into an environment of mutual support, where the primary mindset is how can we work together as a group to help each other to learn and improve technically and mentally. So the friendships that we build on the mats are strong and have a very special bond.”
Prof. Bryan Waltz of GB Colorado Springs believes that lessons learned in the Gracie Barra school translate to their lives outside of the mats “…I would add that kids learn the lesson that nothing of real value can be accomplished overnight. Discipline plus consistency is the key to accomplishing any great feat, isn’t it? Learning Jiu-Jitsu is a little like planting a tree sapling in your back yard. You can check its almost imperceptible growth from day to day but eventually, that sapling will have grown into a monster with bows capable of holding a tire swing. I’ve taught kids, class, for over a decade and have seen so many children begin their journey as quiet kids with all the goofiness of youth and slowly turn into confident young men and women who through the years have become absolute savages on the mats. They learn through time the value of hard work which is the key to so many of life’s endeavors.”
Parents must be mindful that it is important to have an environment where young people can push their capabilities without too much pressure which can discourage kids from wanting to continue.
Prof. Kendall Reusing shares her advice about young people in Jiu-Jitsu “My advice to not only any young GB competitors but also any parents out there is to make sure that the whole idea is to support the child out there and to have fun. Not only to win or achieve a certain goal.
Because winning and achieving a certain goal long-term can only happen when they’re having fun when they are having passion, when it’s coming from a place of heart and when they’re feeling good about what they’re doing. It may come short term from forcing it, but it won’t last. The best thing that we can do for our young GB competitors is to give them space, let them have fun, support them win or lose. Give them every piece that they need to have fun and success in their endeavor. Support them along the way with love and care.
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My experience with Gracie Barra i would say has been a long journey where you learn obviously the gentle Martial Art but also a personal growth.
You make friends for life to share techniques on the mat and also outside the school.
Everyone feels always welcome no matter the belt that you are or how long you have been training, on the mat we are all the same!
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The benefits that my son have gained have been well beyond the mat.
I cannot believe the affect that GB Sydney has had on my son.
His ability to listen and learn, respect others, have patience, resilience, and empathy are just some of the many qualities that have been instilled by the Coaches and Professors.
We feel home when we are there and part of an amazing community.
Thank you GB Sydney.
Our Tiny Champion is one of the friendliest children we've ever met, and is always keen to learn and help out our other students! We can't wait to see how much he grows this year!
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When it comes to competition jiu-jitsu, BY FAR the most common question we hear from Gracie Barra students is about dealing with the stress and nervousness in the weeks, days, and especially right before their matches.
“I feel very nervous before a tournament. How can I deal with the nerves?” a GB competitor writes in and asks.
We asked this very question to several high-level Gracie Barra competitors and coaches and their shared their tips on dealing with precompetition jitters.
Professor Draculino says “Competition is fundamental for athletics in general, and this is also very true for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Competition is an important component of the Gracie Barra community.
It drives athletes to strive for goals, reach for new heights, and pursue athletic goals on a different plane from the non-competing JJ students.”
GB: A common question many beginner students have about competition is feeling very nervous before the tournament.
What advice do you have to help with pre-competition stress?
Prof. Draculino: It is very common for beginners. I would say no matter what, that they are going to be nervous in any combat sport, competition will bring the butterflies.
It happens to all of us. Even after all of these years I still have it before competitions.
It is normal.
It is something that some people are addicted to, to be honest.
It is something that is always going to happen but you have to control it.
After all of these years, I have found out that it is inevitable that you will feel that.
It is very rare to see somebody going there without any kind of nervousness or being anxious. They always going to be.
I think that it is better to try to take your mind off of the task in times that you don’t need to be 100% focused.
You don’t need to be thinking about this thing 24 / 7 because then it drains you.
Try to get something that brings you pleasure and takes your attention out of the mission.
Then at the time of the competition, at the time that you make weight, at the time of the warmup then you focus 100%.
I think that a lack of focus is as bad as too much focus.
I try to watch a movie, have some friends that laugh, play video games or just play with my dogs.
Something to take my mind off of the task.
Prof. Andre Almeida loves to compete in national-level events and shared his thoughts on dealing with pre-competition nerves:
GB: Can you give some advice to Gracie Barra students who like to compete?
Many students deal with stress before the competition and ask for advice on how to overcome the nerves.
What was the most helpful advice that either of your brothers Ricardo or Flavio told you about competing?
Prof. Andre Almeida: You will always feel nervous, it’s not a friendly game, it’s fighting, you will feel stressed.
What can help is to start on smaller tournaments to get used to the nerves, start getting used to the tension, and then go climbing up the ladder little by little.
The best advice that I have gotten from my brothers was really simple, give your best and then you will be comfortable by knowing that you did all you could do.
They always supported me 100% and gave me all the tools necessary for me to perform at my highest level.
We asked GB Ambassador and GB competitor Lucas Norat if he had any training tips for GB competitors?
Lucas Norat: I think the way you compete is a result of your everyday habits. So in order to feel good competing, you need to check your actions on a daily basis: if you’re doing your best every practice; if you’re training your mind every day with positive thoughts and attitudes; if you’re focusing only on the things that you can control instead of the ones that are out of your control. If you do these things every day, when it gets to the tournament day it will be just another day. You will always get nervous before any competition, but with time, experience, and doing these things you will be able to control these feelings and adrenaline before the matches.
Brazilian Prof. Isaac Dull is a multiple gold medal winner in IBJJF competition as well as an active MMA fighter
GB: What advice do you have for Gracie Barra students who want to compete in jiu-jitsu tournaments? Many feel nervous before the matches. What is your mental attitude before a Championship match?
Prof. Dull: My advice is: don’t be afraid to lose, it happens. Don’t worry about win or lose! The magic happens when you leave your comfort zone. My mental attitude is to clean my mind, just be grateful to God because I am healthy, be impassible. Hoka hey, today is a good day to die.
Prof. Ulpiano Malachias has a fierce competitive streak and shares his advice.
Matheus has been training with us for years, and is one of the members of our Kids Competition Team! He is a regular in all of our classes, and we can't wait to see his development in 2022!
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One of the central philosophies behind the training at the Gracie Barra school is that the jiu-jitsu student can experience personal development along with their skills in arm locking and chokes.
That the hard work and challenges on the mats build positive aspects of our personalities that carry over into other areas of our lives outside the Gracie Barra school.
Perhaps the area where this is felt most profoundly is in the children’s classes. For a long time, parents have seen training in the martial arts as a way for timid, unsure young people to develop the qualities of self-discipline, respect, cooperation with others, and self-confidence. Interviews with Gracie Barra instructors tell stories of young people who initially entered the Little Champions program withdrawn and extremely shy and watching the young person blossom and open up as they started to experience success in learning their techniques and gained confidence in their growing abilities.
More than anywhere, the confidence acquired by young people in jiu-jitsu can help them deal with a disturbing cultural trend – the prevalence of bullying among young people. It is an extremely stressful reality for many young people that they deal with various forms of bullying from their peers. Jiu-jitsu not only gives young people the physical skills to deal with physical intimidation but the self-confidence that not only makes them less of a target to schoolyard bullies. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure goes the old saying.
What about adults who are less likely to experience this form of personal interaction in their normal, day-to-day lives? There are in fact stressful encounters where our confidence does play a role in our ability to successfully navigate these human interactions.
I would like to share the following quote from a book on coaching and training martial arts by Prof. John Kavanagh – perhaps best known as the coach of MMA superstar Conor McGregor.
“That ended up giving me confidence for a lot of things in life – negotiating a lease with an intimidating landlord, for example. That’s something that would have been daunting for me before. When you have confidence in the physical side of things, you become more confident in the non-physical. You become confident that if it did happen to escalate into a fight, you could handle it.”
In this way, our experiences confronting fears and overcoming challenges (even if those fears are private and entirely in our own heads) in our jiu-jitsu training can build a form of self-confidence that we can, in turn, apply to the other areas of our lives.
Many Gracie Barra professors I’ve interviewed have spoken of the idea of “learning to feel comfortable in uncomfortable situations” as a key part of jiu-jitsu. As we are repeatedly subjected to stressful and uncomfortable situations (like that purple belt gaining amount on top of us in rolling) we learn to relax, breath deeply, and assess our best options in a difficult position. So it is in other stressful areas of life. We develop an ability to calm ourselves and think clearly about what is our best option.
Prof. Jefferson Moura puts it this way: “Your training opponent is like life, you need to use the Jiu-jitsu philosophy in your day to have respect, discipline, healthy habits, know when to breathe, wait for a good opportunity, use an extra movement, withstand the pressure until it passes and even when life takes you down, you know you can start again and do better, knowing the right time to be there to attack and if you reach a submission to emerge victoriously.
Jiu-jitsu is like this all the time, one time you win, another time you learn, it’s always starting over, trying something different and better until you start winning.
Anyone who understands this will be prepared for life’s challenges.“
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Our 7-year old son has been learning Jiu-Jitsu at Gracie Barra Sydney for more than two years now.
It's been great to see his Jiujitsu and self-defence skills developed, but most importantly to observe him becoming self-confident, more disciplined and goal-oriented.
Great coaches and excellent place for kids to learn these important skills.
Prof. Jo, otherwise known as Professor Mum, has been one of the most consistent students we have ever had. Every week, four times a week, she is always on the mats sharing.
She was also the first female Gracie Barra black belt in Oceania!
Recently, a parent that knows I teach jiu-jitsu messaged me and asked “How old should a boy/girl be to start BJJ?”
Their son was already involved in swimming and the father – himself a Karate black belt – was looking to get his son involved in learning Jiu-Jitsu.
This is a common question from parents who recognize the value that training jiu-jitsu can bring to young people but are unsure if their child is physically and mentally ready to begin Gracie Barra kids Jiu-Jitsu classes.
Professor Fabio Villela and Professor Felipe Guedes are especially passionate about their school’s Little Champions programs and shared their knowledge and experience in running successful children’s jiu-jitsu classes.
First of all, the children’s classes at Gracie Barra are separated by age.
“While for adults the defining criteria for class separation are students’ level, with children it is age, then level. In other words, at Gracie Barra, we first separate students by age, then by level.
The reasons behind this are as follows: The difference in learning needs for children of different ages is more prevalent than between children with different levels of experience; It is easier to accommodate children from different levels but similar ages than children with same level but different ages.” ICP5
Now to answer the question: “At what age should my child start training jiu-jitsu?”
Prof. Fabio Villela: “We have our Tiny champs class is for kids potty train, as soon they get off diapers!”
Prof. Felipe Guedes: “Most of the Gracie Barra Schools are open for 3 years old to start training Jiu-Jitsu, at a class that is for 3 to 4 years old. Every child is different, and they are all welcome to come and try it, at that age 6 months is a big difference, so if the child is not ready the parents just need to try again in a few months.
But generally, at 3 years old, the child does not wear diapers anymore and can communicate with others.
Remember that at this age the benefits that most parents are looking forward to providing to their kids are, coordination, balance, control, interacting with other kids, listening skills, responding to commands, eye contact, fun activity, exercising, etc. Also, have in mind that kids don’t have to be “good” to come to Jiu-jitsu, they come to Jiu-Jitsu so they become “good”.”
** “Tiny Champs – 30 minutes
Little Champs 1 & 2 – 50 minutes
Juniors, Teens, and Advanced – 60 minutes ICP5
* “It is unsafe to teach submission to children under five years old.” PCI5
Prof. Felipe goes on to explain the multiple benefits of training jiu-jitsu for young people.
GB: Many parents are aware that enrolling their children in a martial arts program can help instill confidence, discipline, cooperation with others and respect in young people. What do you feel are the primary benefits for kids to be regularly attending jiu-jitsu classes?
Prof. Felipe Guedes: “I’ve been teaching martial arts for kids since 2008, to hundreds of families. And I’ve seeing Jiu-jitsu helping their kids in so many ways! Every child is different and we use Jiu-Jitsu to benefits each child in the best way possible. Some kids are on one side of the spectrum being very shy, for those the first benefits that the parents notice is the level of confidence becoming higher, they start to understand what they are capable of and not allowing anyone to take advantage of them and being comfortable on their own skin and even helping them to be more decisive and confident to make decisions.
Their abilities to interact socially with other kids improve so much, and they are not afraid anymore of looking others in the eyes when having a conversation and having to even speak in public.
Now for the other side of the spectrum, we see very physical and aggressive kids, learning how to control themselves, respect authority, and follow rules. They become more gentle with others and normally great leaders among their friends. So, we work on finding the healthy balance between building them up or mellowing them down.”
Prof. Felipe Guedes: “Fortunately many!
And it varies a lot from age to age, the specifics of the feedback we hear from the parents are different when is a 4 years old or a teenager.
– better confidence
– following commands
– healthier lifestyle by exercising and choosing a healthier diet
– better behavior at home and at school
– better attention span
– leadership skills
– learning how to lose and how to share
– helping with chores and sleeping on their own bed
– better grades
– not afraid of taking risks
– respecting others, and even saying no to drugs for the teenagers!”
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At the end of the year of training at Gracie Barra, many of you reading this post will have enjoyed a new stripe or even a new colored belt at your GB schools end of year team photos and graduation ceremony. And for that, we say “Way to go!” Your hard work, discipline, and dedication have paid off.
With the new year approaching, we can also devote some time to thinking about setting some new goals for the upcoming year in jiu-jitsu.
Setting goals is a key part of achievement in any area of life. Most of us want to improve our skills in jiu-jitsu and setting goals is a very big factor in our motivation. Having a firm, clear goal in mind provides a focus for every single training session in the next year. Setting personal goals helps us establish those small disciplines that shape us over time and ultimately end up reaching heights higher than ever before.
Setting goals should push us to be better. To force us out of our comfort zone. To realize our potential as students of jiu-jitsu and as human beings.
We would like to share some ideas on specific goals that you may think about setting in your own jiu-jitsu.
1- Enter a competition
There is nothing quite like signing up to compete in a tournament to fire up your training efforts. In fact, setting this goal will automatically cause us to set numerous smaller goals (ex. cleaning up your diet in order to compete on weight) which will push us further than before.
For first-time competitors, this will certainly push you out of your comfort zone and expose you to a whole other side of training jiu-jitsu.
2- Reduce your body weight to enter a different weight class
For many bjj students, one of the main reasons that they train is as a part of their overall fitness regimen. And for many, controlling or reducing body fat is a really important aspect of their fitness.
Many of the highest level competitors in both bjj and MMA display very defined muscular physiques with low levels of excess body fat. This is mostly because making a specific weight class forces them to pay careful attention to their nutritional intake.
3- Correct a weakness in your game
Not everyone who goes to your Gracie Barra school is interested in competition, but everyone has a weak spot or two in their game.
A worthy goal that will make a definite positive difference in your jiu-jitsu is committing yourself to correct a weakness like standing up, passing the guard, or finishing from the back. It will require a focused effort to bring these areas up to the level of your other positions. This is going to mean a lot of extra drilling repetitions and study of the position.
Put your strongest game on the back burner temporarily and really develop tunnel vision towards shoring up those weaker areas for a month or two.
4- Develop a new position
When students say that they feel that they have gotten in a bit of a rut, I recommend that they look at learning s new position for a month or so.
For example, let’s say that you’ve always been interested in Outside Hook Guard (De la Riva) but never really spent much time on it before.
Enroll a partner to do supplementary drilling and positional sparring to increase your training minutes in that specific position. Study some videos on GB Online to extend your knowledge of the position. You will expand your overall game and inject some new enthusiasm into your training week.
5- Aim for that next belt
I know some people are dismissive of belts saying that it is the knowledge that counts and that they would be happy to wear a white belt forever. That’s all fine but there is nothing wrong with achievement-oriented students being focused on their next level of achievement.
Being within reaching distance of your next promotion is a great way to inspire you to show up to class 3+ times per week and put in the work on all of those little things that will lift your level higher than ever before.
Here is wishing all you Gracie Barra students all over the world the best for the new year and another chance to work on your jiu-jitsu goals!
We’ve seen a number of brand new students posting on the GB Online Community board and this article is written with them in mind.
Starting your training at a Gracie Barra Jiu-Jitsu school is an exciting time for new students. Every class seems to bring a new technique that provides an answer to a problem that you have been having. You are meeting a lot of cool, positive people and are getting in better physical condition.
Every Gracie Barra school has a list of guidelines for how the school is run that serves to create the GB school culture and ensure the best possible and safest experience for everyone.
There are, however, a number of unwritten rules in every jiu-jitsu school that is also very important to a smooth running BJJ class. Here are a few random tips that you may not find posted on the wall of the school, but nevertheless are important to know.
1- What is the number 1 “no-no” in the jiu-jitsu class if you polled a group of BJJ students?
By far the #1 answer is the unpopularity of the “smelly gi guy”. The student who did not wash their kimono after the previous training session and malodorous bacteria have multiplied giving the gi a pronounced and pungent aroma. Oftentimes the student themselves can not detect the foul odor…but their partner sure can!
Since jiu-jitsu is such a close contact activity, it’s impossible to avoid the discomfort if one of the training partners has a stinky gi. It is your responsibility to make certain that you have a clean, freshly washed kimono and rash guard for each class. For practical reasons, you should have a minimum of 2 gi’s so that if you haven’t had time to do laundry, you have an extra, clean gi available.
Don’t be the “smelly gi guy”!
2- Tap if you are caught in a submission.
This one seems obvious but all too often, there is a lesser experienced student who tries to tough out being caught in a Kimura or straight foot lock and….”aarrgghh!”…they end up with a painfully strained tendon and joint. This has happened to nearly all of us jiu-jitsu students at some time or another and you learn that it is a good idea to tap sooner rather than later. A sore elbow can keep you off the mat for several classes and serves as a reminder that you are not superhuman.
Moreover, your training partners don’t want to roll with someone who refuses to tap like it’s the finals of the World Championships. No one wants to be responsible for hurting another classmate during regular training. It is your responsibility to know your physical limits and simply tap when you get caught in a position from which you can not escape.
No one wants to get trapped during a roll. But over the years of your training jiu-jitsu, recognize that you will tap hundreds of times. It’s no big deal. It’s just training and tapping is a normal part of it. Tapping doesn’t mean that you “lost” or that you aren’t any good. It just means that your training partner executed a technique well and caught you. Tap early, retie your belt, bump fists and try again!
3- Who tapped who? It is considered bad etiquette to talk about who tapped who during training.
Because it is only training. It’s not a competition (you will get your chance to compete at a tournament soon enough if you are aching to compete). During training, we try new positions that we aren’t good at and often fail. We try to correct weaknesses in our games and lose position and can get tapped.
But it’s part of good training to experiment and try different things. That purple belt who you saw tapping to the blue belt may have been trying to add a new technique to his/her game and it didn’t work that time. Instead of sticking with only their strengths, they opened up their game to try to get better.
Too much gossip about who beat who can create ill feelings among classmates and have the undesired effect of making students NOT want to try new things in rolling for fear that other students will see them having to tap.
Remember…it’s just training and the primary purpose is not to treat it as an in-class competition, but instead to have fun and learn.
Prof. Larry started training with us way back in 2012! He has been a constant presence in our classes, and is always keen to give some advice to put everyone on the right path. After over 9 years of training, he received is black belt last December!
What does this mean for the average Gracie Barra Jiu-Jitsu student?
The primary philosophy contained in this short but profound sentence is about how we should look at the tapping or match losses that are part of the journey of jiu-jitsu.
All of us at one time or another – especially when you first start training and everyone knows more than you – experience periods where we are getting tapped and dominated by our training partners. And the feeling is even more acute after a loss in a competition match.
Self-doubt and discouragement enter into our thinking and can make us privately think that we have failed in our jiu-jitsu. That we aren’t getting any better. That everyone else is better than we are. That we feel like quitting training out of pure discouragement. These are private thoughts that most of us have from time to time.
However, as Grandmaster Carlos Gracie Sr. suggests, we can shift our perspective and look at “losing” or getting tapped as a natural part of our department in jiu-jitsu. EVERYONE who has trained jiu-jitsu has rolled with practitioners of a higher level and gotten humbled. And if it is not happening to you in your training, you need to challenge yourself more!
In fact, high-level combat sports athletes will proactively seek out training rooms where they will get tapped. They will move locations (often to a larger city) to a school or gym with a number of high-level training partners to push them beyond what they have so far experienced. Because they know that you are only as good as the people that you are rolling with.
Most of us have heard the biblical quote: Proverbs 27:17, “Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another”. We NEED those training partners who will push us further than we ever could have gone in a more comfortable environment. And in Jiu-Jitsu that means tapping a whole lot.
Looking at tapping in training as “losing” is a negative and self-defeating way of looking at an inevitable part of rolling.
Because it interferes with the most important objective that we want out of rolling – to improve our jiu-jitsu!
When we are afraid of tapping it stunts our growth. We tighten up in rolling for fear that if we try something new, we might very well fail and end up getting tapped. Thus, our experimentation and exploration of different positions are limited. And our growth is stifled.
For example, let’s say you learned Single Leg X-guard this week in class. You like the position and feel like it’s a good fit for your game. But when you try to work it in live rolling you get smashed and tapped several times. It is very easy to get frustrated and say ‘to heck with this!’ and go back to your comfort zone. Of course, whenever you try new moves you will mostly be unsuccessful at first. After trial and error, you will refine your technique and it will start to work.
But you need to “lose” before you can get good at that position and “win”. And this is hard on our ego. No one WANTS to go to class and get repeatedly tapped. But if we accept that the error part of trial and error is an indispensable part of training, these failures are much easier to take.
Look instead at your taps in training as experiments to see what works – and as importantly – does NOT work as central to the learning process.
How many times have you heard an interview with a professional athlete looking back at a tough loss say “In retrospect, it was the best thing that could have happened to me”? They say that because it identified an area of their skills that needed improvement. The loss also provided a powerful form of motivation. They promise themselves that they will NEVER be caught unprepared again.
So when you are the proverbial nail instead of the hammer, try to heed the advice of Grandmaster Carlos and look at it as a natural part of your learning journey.
Try new positions. Get tapped. Learn from your mistakes and try again. Grow in your jiu-jitsu.
Check out this amazing testimonial from Peter!
My kids have been attending GB for just over a year, with myself starting middle of this year.
The team and members are super friendly and welcoming of all new joiners and all three of us have enjoyed training here.
I have been involved in various martial arts clubs over the years however this one is leaps and bounds above the others, both inclusive and family friendly.
Highly recommend coming down with the kids for an intro class and join the family.
Aruzhan is one of our newest members, and has been getting stuck straight into our kids classes!
We can't wait to see Aruzhan's developments in 2022!
GB Sydney will be closed for the following days over the Christmas period.
🔺 Friday 24th December
🔺 Saturday 25th December
🔺 Sunday 26th December
🔺 Monday 27th December
🔺 Tuesday 28th December
🔺 Friday 31st December
🔺 Saturday 1st January
🔺 Sunday 2nd January
🔺 Monday 3rd January
We will be open as normal on Tuesday 29th and Wednesday 30th of December.
Normal classes will resume on Tuesday 4th January 2022.
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Dylan has been training with us for years, and has been one of the most consistent students in the school! He has also tested himself in competitions and started to see a lot of success too! We can't wait to see him develop into an amazing person in the future!
Check out this amazing testimonial from Cris!
I've bene training at GB Sydney for about two years and I love it!
The coaches and Professors are highly qualified. The training room has a very friendly and welcoming vibe.
On a sparring night, we are fortunate to train with a variety of belt ranks, and everyone is happy to help you life your game providing many helpful tips!
The facilities are spotless and it feels safe to train!
I would recommend GB Sydney 100%.
There has never been a better time to get together!
Our Christmas BBQ is the perfect opportunity to get to know your GB Sydney teammates off the mats, and share some awesome memories!
Our Brazilian BBQ will have:
- Rump Cap
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- Garlic Bread
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Don't worry, we also have a vegetarian option available for you too, including:
- Vegan Sausages
- Mushrooms with Gorgonzola
- Pineapple with Red Onion
- Potatoes and Red Onion
- Capsicum with Cheese
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5 years in a row!
Congratulations to our Gracie Barra team for placing 1st in the Academy Rankings for the 2020-2021 season!
Lucas joined us earlier this year, and has already become a massive Jiu-Jitsu fan! His Jiu-Jitsu has improved so much so quickly, and we can't wait to see him develop further!
Make sure you say hi next time you see him!
Check out this amazing testimonial from Natasha!
Gracie Barra Sydney offer consistently professional coaching.
Their Professors are all very well trained and dedicated to their sport. They instill a sense of family that spills over to their member so that everyone is competitive but looking out for their training partner's safety.
With almost 4 years training with GB Sydney as a family of four, we feel very welcome.
We have also trained at many other GB schools around Australia and across the world and find this professionalism, consistency and warm welcome wherever we have been.
Cindy has been training at GB Pymble for a while, and transferred over to us in October. Ever since, she has been a constant presence, never afraid to get stuck in, and always keen to show techniques and learn from everyone else!
Congratulations to our GB Team on the amazing achievement!
Over the weekend, we managed to become Team Champions at the IBJJF World Masters Championship!
Thank you to everyone for your support!
Scott joined the team before lockdown, and is a mainstay in our lunchtime classes! He's been training hard after we've come back and recently took the next step in his Jiu-Jitsu journey with his 2nd stripe! Congratulations Scott!
Make sure you say hi next time you see him!
Check out this amazing testimonial from Royce!
It's an awesome place to train, with an excellent family atmosphere, quality technical advice and a commitment to excellence in training, and relationships with others!
Sam has just transferred from GB Pymble to us at GB Oceania HQ. He's dived straight in to become an awesome part of the team, and we can't wait to see him smash all of his goals!
Make sure you say hi next time you see him!
Commonly known as "Street Jesus", Henry joined us at the start of 2021. He has constantly spoken about the power Jiu-Jitsu has had in improving his life, and loves being on the mats. He is the person that brings a unique energy to GB Sydney, and we can't wait to see his development!
Make sure you say hi next time you see him!
Join Prof. Marcelo for a very special GB1 class this Friday!
Learn from a direct student of Master Carlos Gracie Jr, and why the fundamentals are so important!
Bookings are essential! Save your spot, or speak to the team at reception!
Kai has been one of our newer members. While he started out quite shy, and didn't want to get on the mats, he has flourished into an enthusiastic and excited child!
Make sure you say hi next time you see him!
After joining us in 2020, Sam has been studying a lot of areas to improve quickly! Not only that, but he has been a great asset to our newer students, helping them settle in, and is always a friendly face around the gym!
Make sure you say hi next time you see him!
Leonardo and Melody have been training with us for a few years, and its been amazing to see how much they have grown up! Not only has their Jiu-Jitsu improved, but its been incredible to see them growing up on the mats!
Make sure you say hi next time you see them!
Zoe joined us a few months ago, and got stuck straight into the classes! She's become an amazing energy around the gym, and we can't wait to see her progression when we get back to Jiu-Jitsu
Check out this amazing testimonial from Bea!
We are part of the Gracie Barra Family for over a decade now, the environment is very friendly and professional and you will give your kids(or yourself) a chance not only to learn the art of Brazilian JiuJitsu, but also more than a few life lessons along the way.
The motto of the Gracie Barra school is “Jiu-Jitsu for Everyone “ and they do stand by their word. JiuJitsu made my kids more resilient, self confident and they also built friendships for life. Gracie Barra Sydney is an amazing school and I highly recommend.
We hope everyone enjoys the time off.
We will be running our online schedule for the rest of the week.
We can all agree, Arthur is one of the most engaging students that we've had in our Kids Program! He is always willing to talk, help and make students feel more welcome!
Make sure you say hi next time you see him!
Kai has been growing up with the team at GB Sydney! Since joining us, Kai has progressed through the belts and classes to become a leader for our GB Kids. We can't wait to see how much Kai improves once we come back from lockdown!
900 SCHOOLS WORLDWIDE!
Congratulations to everyone who has made this a reality!
Check out this amazing testimonial from Andre!
I have been training Jiu-Jitsu for 5 years in Brazil before I moved to Australia, and Gracie Barra Sydney made me feel like I was at home.
Very welcoming staff, amazing technical level, fantastic kids program!
I've been to schools in Brazil and Canada, and GB Sydney is hands down the best Jiu-Jitsu school in the world!
Alex has been one of the most consistent students since he joined the GB Sydney team! Since he joined us, he has been actively involved with all the Gi classes, and has even started the No-Gi classes
Make sure you say hi next time you see Alex!
Ava has been training with us for over a year, and has been one of the most charismatic members of our Kids Program!
She is always willing to give other students some help, and is never shy of getting involved
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We can't wait to have you all back on the mats with us!
Check out this amazing testimonial from Saori!
It’s been the best decision to join Gracie Barra!
Not only do I go there to get a workout but to see and socialise with the beautiful community the team and created there.
If your looking to try something new, challenging and create new connection look no further than GB Sydney!
Jason has been training with us for many years, and has had his entire family come through GB Sydney at one stage. He's dedication and persistence have seen him become an inspiration at GB Sydney!
Samson has been training with us for a few years, and progressed to the our Kids Competition Team! He is one of our most dedicated students and competitors, and is always there as a helping hand to our students!
Check out this amazing testimonial from Prof Felipe Guedes!
I have a chance to travel all over the world and train in many GB Schools.
Gracie Barra Sydney with Prof. Marcelo and his team is top notch.
What an incredible welcoming and positive atmosphere, for kids and adults and at the same time incredibly technical training sessions.
I definitely got my body, mind and heart worked here!
Suthi started training with us earlier this year, after her partner Clint encouraged her to get involved! Once she started, she's been hooked ever since!
Check out this amazing testimonial from Prof Eduardo!
Gracie Barra Sydney is a great place.
The structure of the school, the programs they offer to us, the staff members, the students, they’re all amazing.
I strongly believe it makes a lot of difference when a new student come and see this amazing structure.
Definitely it becomes my home, and they become my family. I recommend it to all my friends!
This week, our member is our Little Champion Tim!
Tim joined us last year and immediately got involved nearly every day. Tim will be training nearly every day with us, and has developed so quickly in our Tiny Champions, and Little Champions 1 programs!
Make sure you say hi next time you see them!
Don't wait! This is only available to the first 35 students!
We can't wait to see everyone take to the mats and represent the Red Shield!
Talk to the team at reception for more information about the competition!
"Something that teaches my son discipline, respect, and self-defense. And once he got into it, I wanted to learn with him and now I love it, It's like physical chess!" 🔺
Strong, powerful, empowered.
GB Sydney received a question from a new student starting Jiu-Jitsu at the age of 52 years old. The student had a background in athletics – including competitive triathlon – and was very excited after being introduced to Jiu-Jitsu.
They asked a few questions about more mature (over 40 years of age) beginning and staying with Jiu-Jitsu.ㅤ
“…can I survive long enough to become a black belt by (likely age 62)? And what should my goal be to survive that long? (I didn’t think I had aged much until this past week…)”
Great questions and in fact, very common thoughts among our over 40 Gracie Barra students.
Q. “…can I survive long enough to become a black belt by (likely age 62)?”
GB: Earning a black belt in Jiu-Jitsu is a long process with many ups and downs. Forget the young phenoms who train full time and graduate to black belt in 3 or 4 years. The typical black belt you meet will have been training upwards of 10 years.
Even very fit younger guys feel overwhelmed when they start bjj. It is just a whole different world on the ground. The Gracie Barra professor who I trained to black belt under had the philosophy that any of the students can be a black belt. Jiu-Jitsu is for everyone. Becoming a black belt was not only the providence of young, talented competitors. It was more a matter of being consistent over the long haul and So, yes…the over 40 beginners can one day acquire the skills to wear the black belt.
Q. “…what should my goal be to survive that long?”
GB: As an over 50 athlete, your approach needs to be a little different than the 23-year-old competitors who have faster metabolisms as well as the ability to recover quickly from those inevitable training injuries.
Here are some practical tips for over 40 Gracie Barra students.
1 – Pick your training partners carefully. After age 40 your capacity to recover from hard training and injuries is diminished. An injury will set you back and keep you off of the mats. Roll with students who have the same goals as you do and avoid students that you find spazzy (which you probably are at the beginning). Your #1 goal is to stay healthy enough to train consistently
Prof. Carlos Lemos shares some great advice:
“My advice for anybody training Jiu-Jitsu is something that I always tell my students: please remember… CONSISTENCY over intensity. Intensity is going to ruin you, going to destroy you.
You can not squeeze too hard essentially. It’s subtle pressure. That is what chokes people out. If you squeeze too hard you will burn your grips. You burn out your hands. You can’t really win.
The mindset that you have when you are squeezing a choke is the same mindset that you should have with your training. Consistent. Not intense!”
2 – Train with the purpose to learn (not “win” the roll) and leave enough in the tank to be able to come back again next class. Leave the “go hard or go home!” to the young meatheads. A lot of students get frustrated when they think their progress “should be” faster than it is. Just show up and try to absorb something from each session.
3 – Find a way to have fun. Training should not be a deadly serious business with your ego at stake in every class. The only way you will stick with it is if you love the day to day process. It takes a LONG time to even get to purple belt. You need to find a way to have fun drilling and rolling without getting discouraged or burning out.
Getting a few solid, regular training partners will be invaluable and you can support each other through the inevitable ups and downs.
Check out the benefits of joining the team at Gracie Barra Sydney!
- Learn the fundamentals of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
- Increase focus, energy and concentration
- Enjoy significant gains in your overall fitness level
- Learn the GB Self-Defense System
- Become part of the GB Family
- Increase self-confidence
- Train in over 30 different locations in Australia and over 800 worldwide
- Free access to the school’s events and special classes
I have been asked by students “Once you are a black belt, is it necessary to continue to try to learn about Jiu-Jitsu?” The underlying assumption behind this question is: Don’t you know everything about Jiu-Jitsu by the time you graduate to your black belt?
I am currently renewing my Gracie Barra instructor’s certification course ICP which features short video interviews with many Gracie Barra professors from all over the globe. One of the common themes expressed by black belt professors with over 20 years experience in Jiu-Jitsu is how they feel a strong need to continue to study Jiu-Jitsu.
What can they possibly mean by this?
There are a few angles to look at this sentiment.
1) Jiu-Jitsu is in a constant state of evolution
Especially when we are talking about the sport Jiu-Jitsu competition where new guards with exotic names are being unveiled at each major competition event of the year. At the highest levels, it is an arms race. Jiu-Jitsu teams get their top competitors together and brainstorm and develop new variations on positions and strategies to surprise their opponents.
The black belt who wants to be the best instructor, must keep current on all of the new developments in order to provide their students with all of the tools they need to be successful. Jiu-Jitsu that we know of today has some new positions (ex. berimbolo, reverse De la Riva guard) that were virtually unknown 5 years ago.
What will the art look like in 5 years from today?
2) The depth of the basics
Talk to any black belt and they will sincerely express their love of the basic techniques of Jiu-Jitsu. An armlock from the mount is a basic move and everyone knows it right? Not correct!
There is an enormous depth to the techniques of Jiu-Jitsu. Advanced belts can be astounded at the additional details that a top level black belt can explain on positions they have been already using for years. The details on the strongest grip, the timing of execution, “move your hip a little to the side”, “break the opponent’s balance before trying to sweep”etc.
As a new black belt, I had a private lesson with a 4th degree master and I asked to go over basic techniques that I had as part of my game for over 15 years. It was a very humbling experience to discover that my understanding of “basic” techniques such as cross collar choke from guard were not as complete as I had previously thought.
The next time you attend a seminar with a top level instructor, ask them for tips on your best technique and you will be astonished at how deep Jiu-Jitsu is.
3) Different games
I had the pleasure of attending a Romulo Barral seminar a few years ago as a brown belt. Romulo is famous for his dangerous spider guard and spent the seminar explaining the basic grips he used and then a tree of possibilities of sweeps and attacks from his favourite position.
What impressed me – above and beyond the specific techniques – that he had a system setup around the grips and basic position:
– He knew his best options for sweeps and attacks
– He knew what to expect in his opponents defensive reactions
– He knew his combinations between the key techniques
– He understood how one move connected to and combined with the next
The depth to which he understood the nuances and complexity of the position was a real eye opener to me. When I saw the depth of knowledge and experience that he had about that one position, I more clearly understood how deep one could learn different games. It is not only how many moves you know, but on a deeper level, how do you use them and combine them effectively?
How deeply do you know the positions in your own “A Game”?
This reveals some of the bottomless depth of the art of Jiu-Jitsu and why it is never ending learning.
Hello GB Family,
May is here and many changes are to come.
2020 is definitely a year that has entered into world history and has become extremely important for the development, growth, and unity of our team.
As members of Gracie Barra, we always choose to look at things on the positive side, learn from challenges and turn problems into solutions.
As practitioners of Jiu-Jitsu, we know that adapting and being ready to deal with the unpredictable is essential for our survival on and off the mat.
Gracie Barra is once again taking the lead in the search for solutions for the next steps in the world that we will live.
Today we have started a new phase where the search for the safety of our students, adaptation and excellence in teaching come first.
Over the last weeks we have prepared a great video for you.
Present, past, and future will be present in the images and in the voiceover.
Prepare your heart, stay connected, and remember:
At GB safety comes first. Always!
We're in this together.
Congratulations to our Little Champions, Isabella!
Jules was one of the winners from our GB Sydney Easter Colouring Competition!
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Congratulations to our Little Champions, Jules!
At the time of this post, we are training online. In addition to trying to stay active and keep your bodies flexible and muscles working, we must also make an effort to keep our attitudes positive.
It is easy to have a positive mental attitude when everything in life is going smoothly. Our resolve is tested however when life isn’t going so well. At these times, we need to reflect on maintaining a positive attitude.
While Jiu-Jitsu doesn’t carry the same emphasis on philosophy as say the Shaolin monks and their Kung Fu, Jiu-Jitsu tradition does have some precepts for how to think and live in the best way.
Some of you may remember reading this important piece of philosophy from Grand Master Carlos Gracie Sr.
Grand Master Carlos Gracie Sr. – 12 commandments
1 – To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.
2 – Speak to every one of happiness, health and prosperity.
3 – Give all your friends the feeling that they are valuable.
4 – Always look at events from a positive point of view, and turn positivity into a reality in life.
5 – Think always in the best, work solely for the best and expect always the best.
6 – Always be as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.
7 – Forget about past mistakes and concentrate your energies on the victories ahead.
8 – Always keep your fellow men joyful and have a pleasant attitude to all that address you.
9 – Spend all the time you need in perfecting yourself, but leave no time to criticise the others.
10 – Become too big to feel unrest, too noble to feel anger, too strong to feel fear and too happy to tumble in adversity.
11 – Always have a positive opinion about yourself and tell it to the world, not through words of vanity but through benevolence.
12 – Have the strong belief that the world is beside you if you keep true to what is best within you.
How can we as students of Gracie Barra Jiu-Jitsu put our positive attitude into action?
Here are a few ways we as GB students can spread a positive attitude.
1. Be the first to say hello. Do you remember how apprehensive you felt in your first Jiu-Jitsu classes? You didn’t know what to expect. The school was full of people who all seemed to know each other and you felt like a stranger.
As an experienced student in your GB school, make the effort to be the first person to go up to a new student and say hello and ask them how everything is going in their training. This simple ice breaker can alleviate much of the nervousness of new students.
A story from my own experience about being friendly with new students. I received a message from a student saying that several years ago they had trained at our Gracie Barra school. I met a lot of new faces and I felt a little disappointed that I failed to recall that specific meeting. The student (now an instructor himself) said “I only trained at that school short time, but I remember how nice you were to me. I really appreciated it.” Let’s create more of this feeling inside our GB school by being open and positive with new students.
2. Catch someone doing something RIGHT! When Jiu-Jitsu students are learning new positions, it can be a challenge to understand and apply all of the details and correct mechanics of the techniques. Most of the necessary corrections will be in the form of “Oh, your grip is wrong” or “You are not performing the movement like the instructor taught.” This is an awful lot of negative feedback at times.
As senior students, helpful training partners we need to balance the “oh, you are doing this or that wrong” with positive feedback.
A good way to be more positive is to “catch” them doing a move correctly and pointing out how they have a nice sweep or escape.
3. Help out in small ways around the school. In running a clean, safe school that everyone enjoys attending several times every week, there are hundreds of minor tasks that are necessary. Taking ownership of your school is something that we all can do and contribute in small but significant ways to the overall positive attitude in our GB school.
Pick up empty water bottles left on the mat after class. Toss that forgotten t-shirt in the change room into the lost and found box. Ask if one of the students needs a ride home after class. Post a photo on your social media tagging your school and expressing how much you enjoy the class. These minor acts all build a positive atmosphere in your school.
4. No negative talk about other schools. Yes, I know some of the top personalities in combat sports generate a lot of attention by trash talking. Leave that negative talk to these professional self promoters. Most of us have witnessed negative bjj politics at some point between rival Jiu-Jitsu schools. Someone said or posted something negative about another school…they heard about it and responded with some negative words of their own and on it goes… and grows into bad feelings.
Stick to positive posts on social media. Don’t speak idly and say negative things about other Jiu-Jitsu schools around the other students. Refuse to participate. Be the positive example like Grandmaster Carlos Gracie Sr says “Spend all the time you need in perfecting yourself, but leave no time to criticise the others.”
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Our top priority is the health and safety of our team members.
If we are to keep the numbers low and make sure those affected can be taken care of by a functioning health system, we all need to do our part, temporarily changing our daily routines to embrace social distance.
However, we will not allow this virus to prevent us from continuing to pursue our mission of bringing Jiu-Jitsu for Everyone. We understand that, especially in times like this, you and your family need Jiu-Jitsu to stay healthy, both physically and mentally.
Starting Wednesday 18th March, we will be limiting our school’s activities to distance learning over the internet for two consecutive weeks. We will then evaluate what federal and local health officials are recommending or mandating before bringing back group classes.
We are joining forces with GB Online to provide a wide array of Jiu-Jitsu learning experiences along with using effective digital learning platforms.
While the COVID-19 outbreak develops, we will continue to adapt to bring Jiu-Jitsu to your daily life while keeping your health and safety our top priority.
We will continue to monitor the situation, and let you know when we intend to resume regular training at our school.
Lastly, we kindly ask you to not freeze or cancel your membership. Now, more than ever, we need your trust and support in our work. The situation is concerning, but it will pass.
On behalf of GB Sydney family, we ask for your continued support to help us weather this storm. Please click on the link below and create your GB online account. Thank you in advance for your continuous support.
See you online tomorrow!
Prof. Marcelo Rezende and the entire Gracie Barra Sydney Team
Over the past few weeks, we have observed a growing public-health concern regarding the Coronavirus or (COVID-19).
All Gracie Barra Schools around the World are and will remain committed to providing the highest level of Jiu-Jitsu instruction in a healthy and safe environment.
Since the outbreak of the Coronavirus as a global concern, we have been researching preventative guidelines issued by the World Health Organization and the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Additionally, we have been in close communication with health care providers and local public health authorities to create a comprehensive plan to ensure the highest level of safety to both our students and instructors.
Initially, we aimed to gain a better understanding of the Coronavirus and the potential threats the virus may pose to our team as well as the identification of best practices in ensuring each school maintained the highest level of cleaning standards.
As we learned more about COVID-19, it became clear that our schools must not only implement every preventive measure possible but must also serve as a source of information to create more awareness about this virus and its potential risks.
What Can You Do?
There are many things you can do as an individual to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus. Additionally, there are things you can do to raise the level of awareness on this virus, reduce unnecessary fear, and create a level of engagement directed at the prevention of the illness with those closest to you.
BE SMART - Stay informed, be aware of risks, but don't panic. Use the discipline you learned in Jiu-Jitsu to create enhanced personal hygiene routines in your life. Wash your hands frequently, wash your uniform, and take a shower after practice, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. The CDC has put together an excellent website with plenty of information on the Coronavirus www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov.
STAY HEALTHY - This is a crucial time to make your health a priority and do all you can to boost your immunity. This means eat well, sleep well, consider taking additional supplements to boost your immunity systems, and of course, keep training!
TRAINING HYGIENE - To protect yourself and your training partners, make sure to sanitize your hands when entering the school before shaking anyone's hands or touching anything. Instructors and staff will require all students to sanitize their hands before class. Lastly, only put on your uniform after you enter the school premises.
BE A GOOD TEAMMATE - If you are feeling under the weather, if you are coughing or sneezing, if you have a mild fever, headache, or any other cold / flu-like symptoms, take a break from Jiu-Jitsu. Stay home, rest, eat well and look for a doctor in case the symptoms get worse or don't go away.
TRAVELING FROM AFFECTED AREAS - If you have been in touch or have traveled from areas affected by the Coronavirus, avoid contact with others for a few days, observe cold or Flu symptoms, and seek medical advice if needed.
Mia has been training with us over 5 years now, and it's been amazing to see her growth over that time!
We can't wait to see her grow into a fantastic woman!
We wanted to address the latest news on the emerging threat of the Corona Virus. We would like to ask all families, if they have travelled Overseas to effected areas over the last few weeks to follow the same guidelines that have been given from our local Schools.
We also ask for you to please keep us in mind of any updates of risk so that we can keep all of our members informed and safe.
Please see below for the latest update from the Minister for Health NSW.
Please click here to see the latest update.
There are as many different types of martial arts as there are languages in the world. Learning a new martial art is a lot like learning to speak a new language. Accommodating to a new martial art style like Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu can be difficult and frustrating. Here are a couple helpful tips to help those transitioning into Jiu-Jitsu from a standup art.
1st: Learn to walk before you fly…
The fundamentals of Jiu-Jitsu are the most important techniques you will ever learn on the mat. Understanding the fundamental concepts of Jiu-Jitsu is essential before moving on to complex moves. With that said, a new students should stay clear of YouTube when possible. Though a great resource to showcase the abundance of techniques, many new students can get drowned in advanced moves and never properly learn basics. Any Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu teacher will tell you that fundamentals are key.
2nd: Empty your cup…
The first step of construction is demolition. Go into each class with an open mind. Striking styles are very different from grappling arts. Some techniques in Jiu-Jitsu will seem odd first. Be open-minded to learning and don’t let old habits follow you onto the mat. Many martial arts styles have been relatively unchanged for thousands of years but Jiu-Jitsu is still constantly evolving with new techniques.
3rd: Enjoy the ride…
A white belt taught the basics of grappling could tap a world champion striker. It can be disheartening for experienced martial artists to experience the climb from the bottom again. Perseverance through this step is necessary for personal growth and development of a good martial artist. If life were about getting to the destination, we would all want to die as soon as possible.
4th: The GB1 Online
The GB1 program is an extension of learning at your GB school to your home.
With GB1 Online, you can study before and after your classes, and it is the best program on the market for a GB1 student. Right now, we have 3352 GB students enjoying the full version of the program and improving their learning process in Jiu-Jitsu.
Do you want to get better in Jiu-Jitsu?
Do you know why GB1 Online is the best program for you?
Because the GB1 Online program follows the 16-week cycle of the GB1 curriculum, precisely the same your instructor is following at your school.
Besides, GB1 Online is a unique opportunity to watch Master Carlos Gracie Jr. take action and demonstrate in detail every technique learned in class.
This is one of the most dreaded times of the year for many students. Summer break is over which means students will be heading back to school. For most students, this means dealing with homework, midterms, sleepless nights, and trying to find a date to the dance. Not to mention trying to figure out what they want to do in life. Finding time and motivation to train Jiu-Jitsu can be difficult. Here are some benefits to doing Jiu-Jitsu as a student.
1. Breaking Barriers
School kids tend to form groups depending on interest. This is especially true in high school. For the most part, interaction at lunch, or after school stays within the group. Jiu-Jitsu attracts many different types of students. It can be a great way to bridge the gap between different groups in school. This can help create a better experience in school for many students.
Side note: Don’t be afraid to suggest to other students to give Jiu-Jitsu a try. Most Jiu-Jitsu Academies offer a free intro class. Many people start BJJ through a friend’s recommendation. You just never know who will catch the bug.
Students may also participate in sports such as football, or basketball. Cross training in BJJ can be beneficial during the regular or off-season. Jiu-Jitsu can help athletes achieve greater strength. By utilizing muscles in a different way, athletes can develop additional strength. Jiu-Jitsu utilizes a person’s flexibility. Increased flexibility is advantageous in many other sports. Athletes wishing to supplement there sports with Jiu-Jitsu would notice increased flexibility.
3. Fighting the Freshman Fifteen
The freshman fifteen is a term used to describe the weight freshmen gain in their first year of college. The weight gain could be due to a variety of reasons. Increased stress, input of junk food, and a typical college lifestyle can be causes. Regardless, going to Jiu-Jitsu on a regular basis can be a great way to stay in shape and avoid the dreaded freshman fifteen.
4. Getting a Clear Head
Whether you’re a part time or full time student, school can be overwhelming. The stress of a final exam, turning in a 20-page term paper, or worrying about passing a class can get to you. Jiu-Jitsu is great to relieve the temporary worries students may have. You tend to forget the stress of a term paper when you have someone trying to choke you! Studying is great, but too much can burn you out too. Manage your mental health, just as much as you’re physical if not more.
Both Instinct & Awareness in BJJ Will Help You Grow as a Fighter
Jiu-Jitsu is for every person of every age and weight who dreams learning how to defend him or herself without getting hurt or hurting anyone.
Its practice involves two aspects: instinct and awareness. Both are important for the advance of the fighter who debates these points in his/her mind.
In a recent talk, Master Carlos Gracie Jr. spoke about the subject.
“Many people know a great deal about Jiu-Jitsu, but have very little instinct for the fight. In these cases, the knowledge overrides the instinct. On the other hand, a person with very little knowledge of the fight has a great deal of instinct. The instinct alone is enough to save him/her, protecting from harmful situations, from submission, and allowing the person to be a good fighter,” explains the red-belt Carlinhos Gracie.
“I’ve seeing many times a fighter get out of a position with pure instinct, but not able to explain the position, for not having the awareness of what he/she is doing. If that person one day becomes an instructor, he/she won’t be able to explain the position. During training many times I asked black-belts to explain the position and they always begged me not to do it. They were terrified” remembered the founder of Gracie Barra.
Carlinhos mentions that now at Gracie Barra, we have many black-belts who are training with beginners, as a refresher of the fundamentals, to teach better, eliminate bad habits, and to remember basics that were forgotten.
“The game of a well-trained athlete works only in the beginning. When tired or getting old, his/her Jiu-Jitsu declines sharply,” said Gracie. “The technique, the knowledge and awareness allow us to be calmer in a bad position. A bad position drains a lot of energy and you have to get out nicely in the precise time when your adversary makes a mistake.”
“I’ve always been a fan of the basics. After you have a good solid foundation of Jiu-Jitsu, the rest comes by instinct. You create, invent. The rest is easy. The difficult part is the beginning,” concluded Carlinhos.
Check out more about India below!
What is your favourite technique?
Pull Guard to Triangle
What are your main titles?
- 2x Australia National Champion
- IBJJF Pan Pacific Champion
- 3x NSW State Champion
- 3x Canberra Open Champion
- 2x QLD State Champion
- 3x GB Compnet Champion
Who is your Gracie Barra idol?
Prof. Glauco de Almeida, Prof. Matt Schwass, Prof. Jo Thomson & Coach Ruby Matic
What does being a Gracie Barra Ambassador mean to you?
Being a GB Ambassador means being the best I can be, trying my hardest and pushing myself to my limits non stop. It also means to never give up and always have a positive mindset. It also enables me to inspire other young kids as well as adults to know that they can do anything they put their mind to.
What are your goals for 2020?
Become 2021 GB Ambassador, National Champion, Pan Pacs Champion, train my hardest every day on the mats!
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Prof. Rob was lucky enough to meet Master Carlos Gracie Jr!
Prof Rob is currently enjoying a holiday in Brazil, and while he was there, travelled to Floripa to train at a local GB School.
When he arrived, he was greeted by Master Carlos Gracie Jr himself! They trained together, took plenty of photos, and of course, had a great chat about everything Jiu-Jitsu!
We can't wait to hear all about it when he comes back!
Along with the rear mount, the mount is considered the most dominant position on the ground in jiu-jitsu. Yet, many students struggle with the mount, preferring to stay on top in side control.
Why is this?
The students feel that their opponents replace the guard or bridge and roll them more easily and they lose their hard fought position. Make no mistake, the mount is a powerful position and worth devoting the training time to make it a solid part of your jiu-jitsu game.
Here are 3 Tips to improve your mount
1) First priority : Maintain the position
All too often, students achieve the mount and are in too much of a hurry to grab an arm lock.
They have not yet stabilized the mount position (you need at least 3 seconds to be rewarded the 4 points in IBJJF competition) and try to attack. The opponent has room to escape and the top loses their mount.
When you achieve the mount, your first priority is to control the opponent and prevent their escape.
Once you have prevented your opponent’s escape attempts, then you can look at tip 2.
2) Attack the collar / neck
If the opponent on the bottom is not threatened by an attack, they can be free to look to escape.
However, the moment that the person in mount gets a hand deep in the collar, the choke must be defended!
This also tends to bring the arms of the bottom person up and allows the top mount to slide their knees up to a higher mount.
In a “high” mount with your knees in the opponent’s armpits, their ability to effectively bridge is greatly reduced.
3) Develop the arm lock / choke combination attack
Legendary competitor Roger Gracie is famous for this “basic” but powerful attack from the mount.
One year at the World Championships,. Roger Gracie had a mission to mount and submit all of his opponents in the black belt division.
Roger advises to train your straight arm lock / cross collar choke combination. The opponent can not defend both of your attacks with 100%. As you threaten both attacks, and change between the techniques, your opponent falls behind and you gain an advantage.
The top mount allows you to apply your bodyweight and leverage to make the opponent uncomfortable and cause them to commit a mistake.
Threaten the choke to get the arm. Threaten the arm to make your opponent forget their collars and get the choke.
Jiu-Jitsu is a good problem to have. If you share the addiction to BJJ, hopefully some of these will stick out to you!
1. You frequently try new techniques on love ones who don’t train in Jiu-Jitsu
Sometimes you see a move or think about a submission. Many people who are addicted to Jiu-Jitsu will not wait till they get to class. They will simply go over to a loved one, friend, or even a random stranger and say, “Let me try this thing real quick.”
2. You check websites like GB Online every night
You go over all the blogs, GB videos, techniques videos, and more. There's always something new to read, watch, and learn.
3. You subscribe to one or more Jiu-Jitsu magazines
Just in case the power ever went out, Jiu-Jitsu addicts will always have a hard copy of Jiu-Jitsu literature lying around. Jiu-Jitsu Magazine, Gracie Mag, and Jits Magazine are a few you may subscribe to.
4. Your YouTube history is cluttered with Jiu-Jitsu videos
For you, YouTube is a database of Jiu-Jitsu techniques. You probably also subscribe to channels such as BJJ Hacks TV, GracieBreakdown, and BJJ Scout.
5. You wear Jiu-Jitsu apparel 24/7
Your clothes have the words “Jiu-Jitsu” or “Gracie Barra” on them.
6. You find yourself hip escaping in your sleep
Sometimes this happens and your head hits the headboard or the wall.
7. You start looking at movies and analyzing how they’re submissions are all wrong
Action movies often don’t portray realistic fighting. People addicted to Jiu-Jitsu tend look at submission in movies and start pointing out all the things wrong with it.
8. You prefer Açai over of Ice Cream
Many people are introduced to Acai through Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. It’s a tasty treat.
9. When talking to someone you don’t like, you daydream of ways to submit them
Admit it. This happens.
10. You’ve tried a submission attempt on a pillow
Sometimes no one is around to try a new technique on. Pillows don’t ever argue or fight back.
11. When you give someone a hug, you must always get under hooks
Under-hooks are important! It gives you the leverage you need to control someone if you ever needed to. Just in case!
12. You experience withdrawal when you don’t train
The mat has become a 2nd home to me. The academy has been a place I can go to relax and break free. If I don’t train, I begin to miss it and actually have trouble sleeping.
One of the more common challenges faced by Jiu-Jitsu students is the dreaded training plateau. Although we would like to think of our progress as a steady, uninterrupted upward progression, real life seldom works that way. There are periods where we seem to have stalled in our improvement.
In many cases, it can merely be your own internal perception that you aren’t performing at your best. “It feels like everyone else is improving but me!” you might feel at times. The truth is you are getting better, but the rate of progress is so slow as to be almost imperceptible. Couple that with the fact that everyone else in the class is also improving and you get the misguided idea that you aren’t improving.
Then there are those periods… where your progress truly has flat lined. You may be having fun training in class, but your game has not made any significant progress. You may be in the athlete’s dreaded comfort zone. You seem to be doing the same things that you have always done and rolling the same way with the same training partners week in and week out. But this has led to a type of stagnation.
Dare To Be Great – Step Outside of Your Comfort Zone
It is going to take venturing out of your comfort zone to get your Jiu-Jitsu up to the next level.
How can we escape our Jiu-Jitsu comfort zone?
Here are a few suggestions to help you get out of that comfort zone and “level up” your game.
Set a goal to enter a tournament.
There are few things that will light a fire under you like the knowledge that you will be testing your skills under the bright lights of the competition stage! You will increase your physical conditioning and ramp up the intensity of your rounds. You may have to tighten your diet and cut a few kilos to make a certain weight division. You will examine your game with a critical eye and look to sharpen strengths and patch weaknesses. You won’t be skipping training sessions. You will seek out rolls with the other competitors on your team in order to sharpen each other. The impetus of competition will take you out of a comfort zone for sure.
Not everyone has a goal to compete in a tournament and there are other ways that you can create conditions to get out of your comfort zone. One of the best ways is to set a period of time to focus on a position that you are not that good at. For example, you have a pretty good guard and have been content for a long time to pull guard or start from bottom position in rolling. Takedowns? Well…maybe you will get to that later. Now is the time to devote a focused period of study to learning new entries and finishes for your single leg, drilling the technique every class with your favorite training partners, and resolving to start every roll from standing position and refusing to simply do the familiar and pulling guard. Those first several times if fighting for grips in a foreign position you will definitely feel some discomfort! But therein lies how you will jump to a higher level.
Train your weak side.
This might be considered a more advanced area to focus your training. When we are at lower belts, we are often trying to experiment with new positions and acquiring proficiency with those positions. However, once you are confident in those positions and are able to use them in live rolling, it is time to look at another aspect of the position: are you a left side specialist? That is to say – are ALL of your guard passes ONLY to your left hand side? Do you ONLY use Lasso Guard with your left hook? If you are like the majority of Jiu-Jitsu students, I’ll bet the answer is yes! I challenge you to take your knowledge of that strong position and train it on your weak side. It will feel awkward for sure! You will feel like a white belt at first. But that lasts only a short time until you develop the muscle memory to execute the position on your unused side. The good news is that you will quickly get over that initial difficulty and find the former weak side is now every bit as good as your strong side. The secret is that your opponents are awkward at DEFENDING on that weak side so your technique is even more difficult to defend.
All of these suggestions involve moving beyond our normal routines, what we are already comfortable doing.
We are at our best when we are challenging ourselves to get out of our comfort zones and sharpen our Jiu-Jitsu.
Congratulations to our GB Sydney team on incredible performances at the NSW Summer Cup!
Together, along with our other GB Schools, we managed to come 1st in the Kids, Gi and No-Gi divisions!
Congratulations to everyone involved, this was an amazing success for our team!
Congratulations to our new black belts!
At the GB Oceania Awards Night 2019, GB Sydney promoted 5 new black belts! Congratulations to:
- Prof. Carlos Schiezaro
- Prof. Gabriel Oliveira
- Prof. Jeremy Mateo
- Prof. Mohamed Abdi
- Prof. Murilo Pinamoura
We would also like to congratulate these black belts on getting another stripe on their belt:
- Prof. Diogo Reis
- Prof. Jo Thomson
- Prof. Marcelo Moyses
On average, it takes about 8 to 10 years to achieve a black belt. Congratulations to these student on their incredible achievement!
Check out all the photos from the GB Oceania Awards Night 2019 here!
Have a look at some of the GB Sydney team at the
opening of the Gracie Barra HQ in Florianpolis, Brazil with Master Carlos Gracie Jr!
Don't forget we have over 800 GB Schools across the world!
Whenever you are going to another city, or another country, make sure you take you uniform and get a Visitors Card for the team at reception!
Any training you do overseas will count towards your next stripe and attendance back here at GB Sydney!
Talk to the team for more information!
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Get excited for 2020 and let's represent the Red Shield!
2 months ago, we brought you the story of Richie Harris. Here is the latest update!
Richie's journey started at nearly 150kgs, and he is now at an amazing 93kgs!
Richie has recently travelled to the IBJJF World Masters Championships, and last night received his purple belt from Prof. Marcelo Rezende!
We are all incredibly proud of your Richie!
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