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” GB Downers 2017 End of the Year Christmas Celebration.”

What an amazing evening with our Gracie Barra family for the end of year seminar and celebration! Congratulations to Professor Pedroca and Professor Hector on their achievements, and welcome to the Gracie Barra black belt hall of immortals! With such rich experience and wisdom on the mats, the 7 Gracie Barra black belts each taught one of their favorite techniques, keeping our participants busy at this 45000 sq ft open space facility, new home of Gracie Barra 2.0!

The other highlight of the event, is the launch of our 2018 Leadership Program. 10 future leaders of Gracie Barra were hand picked by Professor Carlos, to take up the opportunity to participate in the 8-week intense program: Fred Barker, Brandon Bates, Devon McKeown, Kim Jackson, Stacy Fylstra, Chris Nitzke, Tony Russo, Andy Wang, I-Yung Hou, and Heather McKeown. It is our pleasure to have witnessed all the leadership qualities from each one of the nominees in 2017, and we look forward to building these emerging leaders with knowledge and skills to carry on the spirit of Gracie Barra and the legacy of Master Carlos Gracie Jr.

Congratulations to all who received new stripe(s) or achieve a new belt grade. We are happy for your achievements and solute to your hard work in this lifelong learning. Let’s grow this team together and bring jiu jitsu into more lives around us and our community!

We wrapped up the evening with over 50 participants at the Chama Gaúcha Brazilian Stakehouse. Between the busy conversation, laughter, quality food, hugs and fist bumps, we had our annual secret santa event. It’s a great opportunity for us to get to know more about our GBDG team members off of the mats, and to have our friends and family members to experience the good energy this team always have when we get together.

Special thanks to Professor Don Fox along with members from Gracie Barra Bloomington traveling to join us for the event. Thank you Gracie Barra Downers Grove members and families for supporting each other on this journey and the events of this team!

outstanding evening for the Gracie Barra Jiu Jitsu community of the Chicagoland

Professor Hector Vargas instructions our GB Teens Ulises and Owen


Sophia and Kyle in action

Maxy, Will and Brandon actively participating on a Jiu Jitsu seminar for everyone

A packed house for the GB Downers Grove end of the year celebration seminar

Prof Dave demonstrating one of his various Choke submissions

Mr. Anderson and Andrew two new blue belts ripping a new choke on the mats

The beautiful strong presence of the GB Pink team on our mats Prof Fox the leader of GB Bloomington was our very special guest

Prof Pedroca’s side control special

Prof Hector choke clinic

Prof Jerry one of the 4th Degree GB Black Belts has been instrumental on the development of the GB Jiu Jitsu in the Chicagoland area.

GB Jiu Jitsu family !

New belts at Gracie Barra Downers Grove !

And the celebrations continued at the Chama Gaúcha steak house 

A huge thanks to all of you of the GB Family that are making it happen!
We are Looking forward for the next events to come changing lives for better with GB Jiu Jitsu.

GB Downers Grove
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