The Red shield defended like never before for the biggest achievement ever of our team in the Midwest!
For any historian there wasn’t a greatest example of self sacrifice for a cause in the battle field greater than the battle of Thermopylae where 300 elite spartan warriors and their allies scarified their lives to save Greece from annihilation by the Persian army of over 1 million.
Thousands of years later the war cries of Leonidas the Spartan King and his army echoes and still inspires, with that spirit 60 brave Gracie Barra’s competitors fought this weekend at the IBJJF Chicago Summer Open International against teams of 300 and plus fighters totalizing over 1 thousand competitors.
Contrary to what many believe the Gracie Barra team made more Champions,finals and more medalists than any other team in the Midwest, so much so that our team brought over home the 2nd place trophies on the GI and the NO GI competition. It was our greatest performance ever at the Chicago Open since it’s first edition in 2010.
“I couldn’t be happier with the outcome of this competition for our team since We did not counted with many athletes this year,however We prepared our athletes in the most organized and determined way setting special training camps in all our major schools in the Midwest,starting with GB Twin Cities,passing by GB St.Louis and GB Springfield IL with the last week of training at GB Downers Grove and GB Schaumburg,over 10 weeks of preparations and logistics between our instructors and students traveling to the schools to share by far the best Jiu Jitsu in the planet. My predictions were right, We fought numbers against the quality and consistence of our members” Prof. Carlos Lemos Jr
For Professor Lemos this camp has it’s own quote : “The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave.”-Patrick Henry
The last week of training in Downers Grove counted with the welcoming reinforcements of some of the GB Legends Profs. Flavio Almeida(GB San Clemente and Dana Point),Marcos and Beto Barros( GB Springfield), Marcelo Souza(GB Deerfield),Sergio( GB Schaumburg) ,Mike Buckels (GB.St. Louis), Lisa De La Rosa( GB Decatur) ,Don Fox (GB Bloomington),Prof. Lemos( GB Downers) and the GB rising stars instructor Inacio Neto, Josh( Decatur), Carlos Lopez( GB Downers),coaches Adam Albretch,Beau Viheman ,Jamil Fakhoury who bought to our mats some of the most incredible training sessions and all their competition experience and skills.
The talent was all over thanks to the efforts of our GB Leaders in the Midwest:
One more for the Buinausakas’ family after Peter receives his purple belt it was time for Cathy Buinauskas receive her fourth stripe :
GB MIDWEST Professors:
But the best was still to come….
All our preparations were paid of, our Professors and athletes represented our team impeccably with an outstanding performance which earned GB the highest number of finals per student among all teams!
With a breath taking performance Professor Flavio Almeida earned the Black Belt Heavy weight title and the Open class which set the course to an inspiring performance of Professor Lemos earning him the Black Belt Feather weigh GI and NO GI titles and a third place on the Open weight class NO GI title.Picture session:
Gracie Barra Downers Grove would like to thank the entire GB Team Midwest all the fighters,students,parents and coaches “You are the reason why We keep the dream alive”
Many thanks to the IBJJF organization Mr.Fernandes,Jacob,Rebecca,Felipe and all the referees that made the CHICAGO OPEN the best tournament of the entire MIDWEST by far! ” No one can do a tournament like those guys” also a special thanks to Professor Flavio Almeida,Marcos Barros,Sergio,Rodrigo Haines Sul and Mike Buckels for the faith deposited on us and the commitment with our cause. A very very special thanks must to be addressed to Master Carlos Gracie Jr and Professor Marcio Feitosa without their vision and mentoring nothing of this would be possible.