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“ Day 1 of the IBJJF Chicago Open crowns new GB Downers Champions “

Saturday August 11th,

Today we witness our competitors fought with their heart and soul, brining the best of themselves and this team to the mats at the IBJJF Chicago Open.










While everyone would tell you that you either win or you learn, we know that every opportunity like this is an opportunity for growth. 


The commitment of our competitors and our dedicated coaches and instructors worked like one strong team today. 

We see coaches and instructors taking every opportunity to work with the competitors, to get them into the right mindset, to massage their tensed forearms, and to build play by play strategies based on observation of what took place on the mats. 










A Special shoutout to friends and family who came to support this team! It takes a strong community like this to keep the Gracie Barra Downers Grove team striving. Thank you everyone, we will see you back at the event tomorrow for more!

Congratulations to the new GB Downers Grove  ‘s IBJJF Champions Steve Troha and Prof Carlos Lemos Jr. 



















Also an incredible performance of the recently promoted Alex Diaz for a silver medal.

congrats Erik Lursen, Prof Pedroca, Mike Gould, coach Devon on their bronze medal campaigns.




















Finally a shout to Xavier Hurtado, Sensei Ron Poholik, Chris Nitze and Charlie Bustamante who fought and represented the Red Shield with all their heart !









Stay tuned there will be more news of the Chicago Open ahead of us tomorrow with our team battling on day 2.

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