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The 2nd End of the Summer GB Downers Grove BBQ Party was a tremendous success!

On the last Saturday the 20th of September for the second consecutive year the GB Downers Grove team, celebrates its end of the Summer, with a great BBQ party to be remembered!

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The GB Downers Grove Family 2014

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Gracie Barra for everyone! A beautiful day at the Park!


Great food a selection of natural and organic food by our students!

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Paymon and his girl, beautiful members of the team!

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Members of the GB family Midwest, Prof Sergio and his girlfriend Haydee, Rita Knowlton , Jamil Fakhoury and Prof. Paulo Victor

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The Belt Grading!


The Tough officer Alex Rojas and Prof. Carlos Lemos Jr

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Angelina Fakhoury and Stephanie Ghanem !

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Our Yoga teacher ” Yoga” Cindy and Coach Miryan


Coach Miryan , Renee Mitchell and Yoga Cindy


Dee Torres and friends! Many thanks for the great food!

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Autumn Katz, Prof Lemos and the representative of USANA Natural Supplements.


Prof Carlos Lemos Jr and Brandon Bates representing the Gracie Barra Jiu Jitsu!

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Coaches Catty and Peter Buinaukas marked their presence at the event!


Prof.Lemos, Jen Smalcuga and Prof Sergio.

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Prof. Lemos awards a late stripe to Kenzo accompanied by Ennis’ Saddie !

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Freddy Baker receives his second stripe of the hands of Prof. Lemos


Coach Catty Buinauskas receives her 3rd stripe from Prof Lemos

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One of the toughest and most affectionate of our students Mr. Makoto Yoshida who’s also an amazing Karate master and Prof. Carlos Lemos Jr!

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Finally! After four years of training Nate de Souza receives his Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Blue belt from the hands of his Professor!

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Well deserved blue belt for Barry Knwolton!


Some of the GB Midwest leaders Professors. Sergio and Carlos Lemos Jr, the UFC Fighter Spencer Fisher , Coach Steve Malitz one of the Leaders of GB Deerfield, Coach Miryan and Prof. Paulo Victor.

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Instructor Carlon, Rosie Rangel, Katie Dybas and Mr. Dybas!

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Coach Pedro Tello and family.

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Kim Jackson, Mike Bailey, Coach Cattty Buinauskas, Mike Gould and his daughter and Coach Peter Buinauskas.

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Sheriff Eric Calandra and the little champ Anthony Calandra.


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Ms.Mcneal and Omar our BBQUER!

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The Master of Ceremonies Coach Joe McCafferty

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Spencer ” the King” Fisher takes a try on USANA Natural supplements!


Aiden Katz

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Julie and Brandon Bates

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Little Salim, Jamil Jr , Jamil Fakhoury and Noor Fakhoury.

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We have to thank to all the members who made this party success!

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Congrats Rosie on your second Stripe


Well deserved Renee Mitchell on her 3rd stripe, Renee is also a Karate master and a great Yoga instructor!

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Yoga Cindy receiving her blue belt!


Prof. Lemos and Fred Barker


The GB family reunion !

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Prof. Paulo Victor, the wrestling champ and GB Downers Teens Team member Malachi Grim , Prof. Lemos and Prof. Sergio.

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Congratulations instructor Joe Ennis on his fourth stripe brown belt! The Black Belt is coming!

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The UFC fighter Spencer ” the King ” Fisher receives his first stripe on his purple belt from Prof. Lemos. The way to go Spencer!


Prof. Lou Tobar our kickboxing instructor setting up the example loading up on the veggies and fruits!

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Congratulations Joe Hopson on your Blue Belt

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The dedication paid off, congratulations on your Blue Belt Dave Hernandez!


Dave Abarca, another well deserved Blue Belt awarded by Prof. Lemos

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Pete Latrofa finally receives his Blue Belt from the hands of Prof. Lemos

Some words of Prof.Lemos: A gathering of this magnitude just show us how committed our students are, It was touching to see the changes and the impact We are causing not only on their physic, but lives and on their families lives as well, Not a single cigarette was lit, not a single drop of alcohol, no soda, and no junk food of what so ever were introduced to this celebration,only high quality natural,organic and healthy food and beverages were brought . Our students are get it !!!! Well done GB Downers Grove team you are a true example to be followed!

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