Gracie Barra Sydney Testimonials


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    Dan Peters
    What Jiu Jitsu can teach corporate Australia

    Dan Peters
    What Jiu Jitsu can teach corporate Australia

    • 1) Passion: No matter what, Professor Marcelo brings his ‘A-Game’ to class. For a truly world-class practitioner of his art, it is an impressive reminder of how important it is to love what you do. This is evident whether he’s running Fundamentals classes for white belts, or high level black belt training … there is true joy in every session. As I look at the work I do with my team, I now ask myself the question “can I bring that kind of passion to what I do – and if so, how different might the results be that we as a team achieve?”
    • 2) Commit to the process: I watched the Professor commit to training for the World Championships this year. Even though he was clear that the result there was much less important than the process of committing to the training – the dedication I witnessed was inspirational. Like many of us with “regular” jobs – he has competing priorities: family, business, personal finances etc – but he made a decision to commit, and followed through. So often, the hardest thing in corporate life is to really give everything for a project where success is not guaranteed. Watching this was a real reminder that a focus on the process is so much more important than the outcome. Control the things you can control – and the results look after themselves.”

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    Jack Billingham
    Growing Up Through Jiu-Jitsu

    Jack Billingham
    Growing Up Through Jiu-Jitsu

    Jack has been training with us over 10 years now!

     

    Starting at 15 years old, Jack initially got involved in Jiu-Jitsu as a way of learning self-defence, building self-confidence and also to try something new! Being a lifelong fan of martial arts and the UFC, Jack was drawn to Jiu-Jitsu almost instantly and, after convincing of Mum and Dad, he tried his first class and fell in love with it!

     

    "Jiu-Jitsu was a way of escaping from different things going on in my life, but it taught me so much more than that. No matter the stage that I have found myself in my life, I've always managed come back to Jiu-Jitsu as a way of keeping me grounded."

     

    "The physical skills that I've developed have been exceptional, but the mental and emotional development has been unique. I've come more determined and persistent through Jiu-Jitsu, and resilient further than I thought possible."

     

    "I think the best thing that Jiu-Jitsu has brought me, above all else, was a communtiy. Moving from the UK at an early age, it meant that my extended family were all overseas, and Gracie Barra Sydney became my second home, and new extended family."

     

    "Gracie Barra has done so much for me, and I can't wait to give back to everyone at GB Sydney however possible!"

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    Sarah O’Brien
    Support from Everyone

    Sarah O’Brien
    Support from Everyone

    “The first feeling I had after (the competition) this morning was the warmth of gratefulness and pride that comes from being part of Gracie Barra. I know there was a time in my life when I didn’t do jiu jitsu, but now I can’t fathom life without it. Thank you for your support, your knowledge, friendship, putting up with minor meltdowns before comp, making me laugh, making sure I don’t die, challenging me constantly, being all-around amazing and giving me more than I could have ever expected from a sport.”

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    John Pryor
    High Performance Athletes

    John Pryor
    High Performance Athletes

    “Marcelo has been a pioneer in grappling sports in Australia. I first engaged him at the Brumbies in 2004, and he quickly developed a syllabus of grappling drills that were specific to rugby from both a technical and condition perspective. Furthermore, when at the Wallabies in 2005-2007 I sent many players to him for individual and small group training. Without exception, the players love his sessions and appreciate the value for specific game preparation. Eight years on, I still seek to update my knowledge with Marcelo. He is the best grappling coach I have worked with.”

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    Dean Benton
    Jiu-Jitsu for Rugby

    Dean Benton
    Jiu-Jitsu for Rugby

    “Marcelo has been fantastic in helping us design our contact skill and conditioning programs for the 2012/2013 pre-season and season. His technical skill and coaching ability set him apart from other coaches. He has a long history with the Brumbies conditioning team”

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    Marcio Spindola
    Weight Loss

    Marcio Spindola
    Weight Loss

    Marcio Spindola lost 20kg going from white belt to blue belt!

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    Peter Mercer
    Weight Loss

    Peter Mercer
    Weight Loss

    “For anyone who, like me, is looking to start after 45, I would greatly encourage you to try. Nerves, fitness, size or age have not been a barrier for me. I continue to learn and even look forward to going. It is a very rewarding challenge and I look forward to rising to the challenge for a long time to come.”

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    Richie Harris
    Weight Loss

    Richie Harris
    Weight Loss

    Richie started training in 2014 with us at nearly 150kgs!

     

    After 5 years of training, getting inspiration from his teammates and friends, and with a determination to turn his life around, Richie has lost over 55kgs!

     

    Congratulations Richie!

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    Samson Barton
    Growing Up

    Samson Barton
    Growing Up

    Samson joined us 5 years ago, and we’ve been lucky enough to see him grow up with the team here at Gracie Barra Sydney!

    Come and grow your Little Champion with us!

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    Mia Ravecca
    Strong & Powerful

    Mia Ravecca
    Strong & Powerful

    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!