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GB Downers Grove celebrates its one year anniversary

Gracie Barra Downers Grove recently celebrated its one year anniversary.

GB Downers Grove is a Premium academy which is growing strong and solidly in Midwest.

(Under Professor Carlos Lemos Jr. 3rd degree black belt and Miryan Samejima ,management/adm.)

1st GB Anniversary


Many thanks to everyone who contributed for an amazing party on 4th of January,2014.

All the students, families, friends and coaches.

Mrs. Lucia Fackhoury, Renata Step, I-yung Hou, Andrea Beckham, Dee Torres, Bret Stalcup,Carlos Lopes, Stevan Glodic, Pedro Tello.

Special Visits : Professor Beto Barros (Black Belt),Gabi Barros from Gracie Barra Springfield,

Marcelo Souza (Black Belt) ,Steve Malitz From Gracie Barra Deerfield,

Students from Gracie Barra Hannibal ,Peter and Patricia Prince from Gracie Barra Schaumburg.









Jiu Jitsu is a fairly unknown martial art/sport to the average person. But to the students who have been training since the opening, the sport and the benefits were well known and sought after.

Jiu Jitsu is often confused with other martial arts that focus on the stand-up aspect of fighting. Jiu Jitsu focuses mainly on fighting on the ground and maintaining a dominant position until eventually submitting the opponent.

Many of the students at the anniversary celebration were anxious to share their experiences and the benefits they gained from training at GBDG. Several students said they have lost 20 to 30 pounds in a few months of training.





In addition to losing weight, many of the adults said they have never felt stronger and healthier, and the mental benefits are countless.

“Jiu Jitsu cultivates thoughts that anticipate achievement, believing in yourself, and being capable of overcoming all obstacles and weakness,” said Mr Salim Fakhoury (member of GB Downers Grove)



But, one of the most important benefits many said they have found at Gracie Barra Downers Grove  is the emotional connections. They say everyone in the gym has made friends and has gained an extended family.





Gracie Barra Downers Grove offers GB  jiu jitsu, muay thai and other martial arts classes for the entire family and levels plus so much more…GB Downers Grove has developed quickly into a premier martial arts gym. We offer age specific classes for families and individuals to enjoy the benefits of physical fitness with self-defense training. People are always impressed when they visit our friendly, courteous and educational environment. Our comprehensive programs offer our students unique mental and physical development with integrity and respect. At Gracie BarraDowners Grove we value the time that you take to build your and/or your family’s core values, whether for fitness, self-defense, camaraderie or self-discipline by supporting the development of strong character, integrity and self confidence. In addition, we train in the development of life skills, leadership and serving the community specializing in Jiu Jitsu and many other martial arts disciplines. Please feel free to visit us and have a free intro class.

Gracie Barra Downers Grove , Jiu Jitsu for everyone!



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