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Rolles Gracie Seminar, Christmas parties, Belt gradings and much more!

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It was a weekend full of celebration for Gracie Barra Downers Grove. On Saturday afternoon, the students of our children’s program gathered IMG_0766together for their annual belt promotion and holiday party. IMG_0756Professors Sergio and Carlon along with Coach Pedroca lead the ceremony in which Anthony Calandra, Dominick Filipek, Mickey Fernandez and Malachi Grimm were rewarded for their hard work with new belts. The afternoon ended with delicious food and the much-anticipated Secret Santa gift exchange. We are so lucky to have such fun, hard-working young people in our school!IMG_0771
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The students of the adult program had their turn for celebration on Sunday. There was no better way to mark the third anniversary of Gracie Barra Downers Grove than with a seminar by Professor Rolles Gracie, Jr. Not only is he a legend of the sport, he has a very close and personal connection to Professor Carlos. They spent their formative years growing up together.

 

Also, Professor Rolles’ father is the older brother and teacher of Master Carlos. It was an incredible opportunity for our adult students to learn from a man with such important and close jiu-jitsu lineage to our school. Students who were promoted to new belts at the ceremony were: Victor Filipek (blue), Mike Gould, Donny Angiello, Chris Hanson and Kamran Khakbaz (purple) and Pedro Tello (brown). Congratulations to all of our students who received new belts or stripes on their current belt. Your dedication and hard work is and will continue to pay off!Gracie Barra, martial arts for kids, Women Self Defense, Judo, Wrestling, Bullying, karate for kids, Naperville, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Oakbrook, Downers Grove, Muay Thai, Lombard, Burr Ridge

After the seminar, the celebration continued at our favorite holiday party spot, Chama Gaucha. We all look forward to this special time of the year when we can gather together in one place (without gis!), eat delicious food, and spend time celebrating off the mats with our Gracie Barra family. Like the kids, the favorite part of the evening is always the Secret Santa gift exchange! Many laughs are shared as three clues are given to reveal the recipient of the gift. All in all, a great time was had by everyone! Thanks to the incredibly accommodating staff at Chama Gaucha who helped to make this event such a success. Dinner Party VDinner Party II

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Andrea Beckham

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