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” Ulises Rosas “

Anti Bullying, Jiu Jitsu, Martial Arts, Oakbrook Martial Arts, UFC, UFC Lombard, Gracie Jiu Jitsu, Martial Arts La Grange, Carmel Valley Martial ArtsUlises Rosas
Ulises stepped on the mats for the very first time 4 years ago. As a young child facing the complex movements for the first time, his parents were very concerned if they have placed him in jiu-jitsu too early. Little did they know that this boy would become such a worrior today.

Despite the learning curve in the beginning, Ulises has been very determined in his jiu-jitsu journey, and his parents has always been very supportive, making sacrifices necessary to help him progress in this journey. After 3 years of training with a different team, Ulises found Gracie Barra Downers Grove and has been a strong pillar of the little champions team.

During the interview, Ulises’ father, Mr. Angel Rosas, shared with us how he appreciate the strong team of instructors here at Gracie Barra Downers Grove. Coming from a competition-driven jiu-jitsu school, Mr. Rosas witnessed how Gracie Barra teaches jiu-jitsu to transform kids’ mentality from all about winning matches to focusing on balancing their techniques with the right intention. Over the course of a year with GB Downers, Ulises now focus on protecting other kids at the school and stopping bullying from taking place. From what he has seen, Ulises developed a strong character on being a respectful and attentive student, and always willing to help other kids around him grow.

Ulises has been an outstanding competitor among the little champions of Gracie Barra Downers Grove. His dream is to be a jiu-jitsu world champion and have his own jiu-jitsu school. We are so thrilled to have Ulises and his family supporting the spirit and ideas we share here at GB Downers!
Thank you Mr. Angel Rosas for sharing your testimony with us!

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” Katelyn Adducci. “



My name is Katelyn Adducci and I have been going to Gracie Barra in Downers Grove since February 2016. I remember driving to my first class. I was so nervous I thought about turning around and driving home. After that first class, I was hooked. When I first started going to jiu jitsu, it was the encouraging interactions I had with the professor’s and other students that really impressed me. I have become friends with amazing people who have helped me learn about myself and help me to continue to grow! My experience at Gracie Barra has transformed my view of myself. The most beneficial thing that I have gained from doing jiu jitsu at Gracie Barra in Downers Grove is that I have become healthier, happier, calmer, and more confident!

” Josh Brandt “

My name is Joshua Brandt, and I’m a White Belt 2 stripes under Professor Carlos Lemos Jr at Gracie Barra Downers Grove.

I joined Gracie Barra as a New Years Resolution for 2016 after doing some research and talking with Prof. Carlos as well. as I wanted to take up a hobby and do something different. I was nervous about trying to fit in, or if this was the right thing for me or wasn’t sure if I could do this but after taking the intro class, I signed up for the next one, next thing I know I was hooked and it changed my life for the better. Little did I know that this would change my life. I was expecting to be a place to go, take the class and go home. But it’s much more than that. I always had trouble making friends and was always shy, but now I’m outgoing. I made many new friends, not just in the academy, but we hang out outside of the academy as well. My health, my diet and my lifestyle has changed, I lost weight, eating healthier and feeling better about myself. I have much more confidence in myself than I ever had.
Prof. Carlos has assured me that BJJ is everybody, regardless of the situation. As I am deaf and hearing impaired, I was also recovering from a shoulder injury from an accident back in 2013. He helped me to understand and adjusted some technique to fit me. Prof. Carlos also assured me that this place is where everybody helps each other and support us to help us get better in our BJJ journey. He welcomed me in and accepted me as a part of the GB family.
I’m glad that I joined GB Downers Grove, I look forward everytime I get on the mats, getting better and improving myself. Thank you Gracie Barra Downers Grove, finding all of you has changed my life for the better. I’m proud to be here and be part of the Gracie Barra family.



” The Kranz “

Gracie Barra , Self Defense, Judo, Gracie Jiu Jitsu, BJJ, Wrestling, Western Springs, Naperville, La Grange, Lombard, Oak Brook Hinsdale, Carlos Lemos Jr, Downers GroveMy name is Tara Kranz and I signed my son, Christian Kranz, up for Jiu Jitsu in October 2015. At that time he was two months shy of being 3 years old. The entire team at Gracie Barra Downers Grove embraced my son. They showed immense compassion and patience. Christian wasn’t an easy student. Class after class the Instructors and Professors show kindness and patience all while trying to teach Christian. The progress Christian has made is unbelievable. He has gone from needing to have one on one attention to participating in the techniques and answering questions asked by the Instructors and Professors. If you are looking for something that will help enforce your child to be respectful, loving, healthy, and fit, Gracie Barra Downers Grove will be a great fit for your child.

” Nick Scatchell “

imageHello my name is Nick Scatchell,
I am a team member of Gracie Barra Downers Grove. I have been with the academy for 2 months now. I was originally hopping around from gym to gym to see which was the right fit and then day one after my first free class at Gracie Barra, I knew this was the spot and instantly signed up. Having taken a yearlong break from training and going through a tragic life experience with losing a best friend, I found myself struggling to get back to my wellness routine. My energy level was low, had spouts of insomnia, and a difficult time dealing with the grief; I felt mentally and physically defeated. I took a leap of faith and became dedicated to my training. My quality of life has skyrocketed because of this and words cannot describe how thankful I really am. I’ve acquired indescribable peace of mind; my aggression and headaches have faded away, my sleep cycle has been restored, and I am eating way healthier than the past.
We have over 5 black belt Professors that are some of the most elite Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioners in the entire world with 1st place world championships that are there daily watching over you and letting you know what to do and how to improve your game.
I’m also involved in the Muay Thai/Kickboxing program with Professor Louis who is a phenomenal instructor. There is so much you can do at this academy, the schedule is extremely flexible and I’ve never had an issue. It genuinely feels like a second family whenever I am there – at the end of each hard training session you tend to hear “see you tomorrow, right?” from the entire class and that’s an awesome feeling for me to know I have team mates and coaches that want me to come back and roll with them. Everyone going to our academy is there to train not only for the great physical aspect, but the mind as well. As I stated before it really helped me, and I am now going 4-5 times a week just because of how great I feel after a nice session with whatever class it may be. I am so grateful to be surrounded by these uplifting people and I look forward to be competing in upcoming BJJ tournaments under Gracie Barra.
I welcome anyone who is struggling with anything in their life or just want to get into insanely great shape to join – it will change your life for the better. Thank you Professor Carlos Lemos Jr for inviting me and accepting me, it’s truly an honor. OSS!

Nick Scatchell

Chris Hanson

Gracie Barra, jiu jitsu, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, BJJ, Self Defense, Judo, Wrestling, Martial Arts, Karate for KidsHello My name Chris Hanson I am an one stripe purple belt under Prof Carlos Lemos Jr at Gracie Barra Downers Grove, GB Downers has been my home for the the last 3 years, I’ve been training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for 5 years, Initially before joining GB Downers I had different experiences training in other schools, not until I came to GB Downers I felt completely in love with Jiu Jitsu and its life style, I didn’t find a good fit for me and for my first 2 years of training I really struggle finding my place in Jiu Jitsu, the first time I walked in GB Downers with my ” late friend” Mike, right then I knew I that was my place. The instructors as well as the other members made me feel right at home.

Since I was a kid I had problems making friends which led me to a path of poor choices, based on the people I was around, in GB Downers I was given a second chance by prof Carlos and the whole GB Downers Family. They Helped me to see what I could become,

Prof Carlos also inspired me for the love of teaching the art of Jiu Jitsu, which was a dream that finally came true in 2016 when I completed the Gracie Barra Instructors certification program.

One of my greatest achievements was my first competition victory in the IBJJF Chicago Open in the year of 2015. I give all the credit of this victory to the Gracie Barra instructors and to my training partners.

Today I am one of the assistant coaches of the Little Champions Program and I play an important role in different areas of the school.

I haven’t looked back since and now I can see that the sky is the limit! I am looking forward for one day getting my black belt under professor Carlos and to become the GB leader of an official Gracie Barra school somewhere here in the Mid West supporting of the vision of Master Carlos Gracie Jr of a Jiu Jitsu school in every City of the World.

Chris Hanson



Leslie Ann

Gracie Barra, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay thai, Women Self Defense, Burr Ridge, Naperville, Lombard, Downers Grove, Hinsdale, Judo, Karate for Kids, WrestlingWe joined Gracie Barra Downers Grove in September 2015 after spending two years at another BJJ facility. We were already familiar with Prof. Sergio who was my older son’s first instructor at the age of 4. My younger son began BJJ when our journey brought us to GBDG last summer. Suffice it to say that I was impressed with Prof. Sergio’s expertise that we followed him to this facility.
We were quick to experience that all the instructors at GBDG share the same passion for teaching BJJ that Prof. Sergio exemplifies. Prof. Carlos runs this wonderful school, and he genuinely cares about the students and is a great role model for my kids. I could not be happier that my two sons and I are part of the Gracie Barra family and this school in particular. Gracie Barra Downers Grove promotes a healthy lifestyle and reinforces the values of discipline and good character that we all want for our children.
We are proud to be part of the GBDG family!

Kate Dybas

My name is Kate Dybas, and I have been a student at Gracie Barra Downers Grove for almost two years. It’s hard to believe that much time has already passed, because I can still vividly remember sitting in my car in the parking lot and panicking about the whether or not I made the right decision to go to a class.

I was intimidated because I was a girl, walking into a martial arts gym, alone, who had little to no experience whatsoever in this sort of fitness. I was intimated because everyone’s immediate question was “Why jiu jitsu?”.

Looking back at that day, I could not have made a better decision in my life. At Gracie Barra Downers Grove, walking into the gym is like walking into a family get together. You joke like siblings, teach like parents, and (most of all) learn like a family. What’s even cooler, is that many of the students actually ARE family (adults and children alike).

I have found that my entire lifestyle has changed. I find that I have a better diet, I workout more, I’m happier, and most importantly I am more confident in myself. What I love the most about our school is that it is not solely focused on producing competitors or MMA fighters. The Professors teach self defense and apply real world explanations for everything that we learn in class. When you practice, every person you work with can teach you something new. The Professors and coaches at the school are so committed to the education of their students, that everyday I walk out of the doors I feel like I’ve learned something new about the sport or myself. Every day I walk out the door, I can’t wait to walk back in. So to the people who continuously ask me “Why Gracie Barra jiu jitsu?” the best response I can offer is this: Why not .

Stacy Fylstra

Women Self Defense, Jiu Jitsu Girls, Martial Arts girls, Gracie Barra Downers Grove


My name is Stacy Fylstra, I am a Gracie Barra Downers Grove White belt one stripe.

When I did some research and found Gracie Barra Downers Grove on google, I was nervous about enrolling in a proper jiu jitsu school when I had never been in one before, and on top of that, I hadn’t done any sort of self defense or grappling for the better part of a decade. Professor Carlos and Coach Cindy reassured me that it was a school for beginners as much as it is for people who have been training for years. After I took the intro class, any doubts I had went away, and I signed up the next class!

Enrolling in Gracie Barra Downers Grove was the best thing I could have done! The Jiu jitsu has changed the way I think and how I see myself. It’s given me more confidence in myself and what I’m capable of. It’s changed how I feel about myself and helped me be healthier. And it’s provided me a welcoming family of people that I am proud to know and proud to call my friends! Thank you Professor Carlos, Professor Sergio, Coach Cindy and everyone else at Gracie Barra Downers Grove! Finding all of you has changed my life for the better.




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Dave Bennett

Over the past two years I’ve dedicated myself to BJJ. I’ve gained 8 lbs of muscle mass and I’m in the best shape of my life. I’ve met and become friends with a great group of guys..

Jim Stevans

This is the best martial arts discipline I have ever been involved with. I’m glad I took up BJJ and really made a great decision with Gracie Barra here in Downers Grove, conveniently right next to Traders Joe on Ogden Av  .

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