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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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