t’s been a year since I , Miryan Samejima and my husband, Prof. Carlos Lemos Jr., opened the Gracie Barra Downers Grove Academy. It’s a dream and a big achievement to have a premium Gracie Barra affiliation and to contribute to spreading the knowledge of Master Carlos Gracie Jr. in Illinois.
Professor Carlos Lemos, who has trained the Special Forces in US, who has Gracie Barra affiliations all over the world with his large experience in Jiu Jitsu, Judo and other martial arts, has a unique charisma and passion to teach and to make this place much more special.
I am grateful for all of our loyal students who started with us on this hard and long process, who have supported us since the beginning of everything. Thank you for believing in us and trusting us in our mission to spread the benefits of Gracie Barra jiu-jitsu. It is the students that make Gracie Barra Downers Grove a family. For all Gracie Barra in Midwest and to our friends , Professors Marcio Feitosa, Flavio Almeida, Marcos Barros, Beto Barros, Derek Nakagawa, Frank Nava, Jannet, Marcia(GB Georgia), GB Wear, who always gave us their great support; for our loyal students, our coaches and Professor Carlos de Lemos who made Gracie Barra Downers Grove so successful and an unique place. You are part of the positive attitude and hard work which results in successfully producing quality classes and products each day. Thank you very much!
We will celebrate our anniversary party and our first belt grading on January 4th (from 4pm to 7pm) . All members, families and friends are welcome. Please, bring a healthy dish and a healthy drink and let’s have some fun! I hope see you there!