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” 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.



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