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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



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