Registration for the Compnet Chicago Summer Championship 2022 on June 11th is now open!

Sign up now at
☆The first 75 competitors to register will receive our special Early Bird pricing☆

What’s new?

For Kids:

  • All competitors 15 and under will receive one complimentary spectator ticket per family.
  • Kids 8 and under will compete in a round-robin format.
  • Parents will now have the option to coach his/her child for the matches.

For Adults/Masters:

  • The Absolute division is now available to all gold and silver medalists with the rank of blue belt and above.
  • The first 20 female competitors (adult and master divisions) will receive 50% off their registration.

? Register now and spread the word!

We cannot wait to see you there!


Hundreds of competitors from GB Schools all over the state have signed up to participate in the first-ever Compnet Carlos Gracie Jr. Cup – Illinois

The inaugural event will be held on Saturday, October 30 at the Megaplex Sports Complex in Homer Glen, IL.

Registrations for the tournament closed within one week of its initial announcement with over 80 athletes representing GB Downers Grove and GB East Naperville.

Come support our athletes and the GB Illinois community.
You do not want to miss this historic event!

Visit CompNet.Link/Illinois for more information.

Both GB East Naperville and Downers Grove will be closed on Saturday due to this event.


We are excited to annouce this year’s GB Downers Grove & GB East Naperville Summer Competition Training Camp for Kids & Teens
If your child is competing at the IBJJF Pan Kids or any other tournament this season, this camp is for you!
1st Session:
June 13th – 30th
2nd Session:
July 11th – 21st
?Gracie Barra Downers Grove
152 Ogden Ave, Downers Grove, IL 60515
☆Free ? with your registration
Take advantage of our Early Bird pricing. Enroll now!

? (630) 964-1414


A big round of applause for our GB Chicagoland Kids and Teens Competition Team! Their incredible display of skill at the IBJJF PanAm Kids this weekend has filled us with pride and earned us a couple of silver medals. Their dedication and teamwork truly embodied the spirit of the Red Shield.

We’re immensely grateful for their commitment to representing our team. Each victory they’ve earned is a testament to their resilience and passion. Keep this momentum going, champions! The future looks bright with you in it.

Big thanks to Prof. Carlos Lemos Jr. and all of our GB Kids coaches for their unwavering guidance and support and to our GB parents for entrusting us with their children’s development. On to the next one! 🥋🏆🔺️

#GBIllinois #GBChicagoland #RedShield #IBJJFPanAmKids



GB Downers Grove Outdoor Belt Grading, Seminar & Food Drive featuring GB Regional Director for the state of Illinois & 4th degree black belt, Professor Marcos Barros ?

Come join us for a day of learning, camaraderie & giving back to the community.

September 19, 11am-1:30pm

Whitlock Park
4000 Fairview Ave, Downers Grove, IL

Special rate of $45 cash plus a minimum of two non-perishable food items to be donated to food pantries in the DuPage County area.

(Please put your payment in an envelope with your full name written on it & put it the drop box at GB Downers Grove).

• Bring your own mat
• Practice social distancing
• Training Buddy System
• Bring your masks and sanitizers



Call or text us at 309-533-8339 for any questions or suggestions





? Don’t miss the biggest event of the year! ?

GB Chicagoland 2021 End of the Year Party, Seminar & Belt Grading Ceremony

Hosted by Professors Carlos Lemos Jr.,
Marcos Barros and Cristiano Ribeiro

Featuring special international guest Professor Salvatore Pace
all the way from Gracie Barra Bath in the UK

Saturday 12/11 3PM-10PM
at the Megaplex Sports Center in Homer Glen, IL

Book your spot now!
For members:

For friends & family:

? (630) 964-1414

#gbillnois #jiujitsuforeveryone
#gbchIcagoland #graciebarra
#antibullying #jiujitsu #bjj #brazilianjiujitsu #martialartsforkids #womensselfdefense #selfdefense #downersgrove #naperville


Dear members of Gracie Barra Downers,

We all have been through tremendous changes these past few months due to the current pandemic, and we are grateful to be sailing through this storm with every one of you!

As you know, the admin and instructor team work hard on paying attention to the latest guidance from the GB headquarters as well as recommendations from the leading health and safety organizations. Our goal is to help all of us continue enjoying what we love in the safest and most hygienic approach possible. We recognize that it’s important to ensure your confidence in knowing that we not only safeguard you but also with your family’s health in mind.

While most of you started settling down to your own training schedule with familiar partners, we plan to start implementing the buddy system on Monday, August 10th. This safety measure aims to keep you with regular training partners in a small group of up to 4 people, to minimize your exposure to other circles. You have the freedom to train with any and all of the members within your small group during class time and helps you to always have a training partner on the mats.

Here is what we need from you:

Check-in with those who you have been training with the past few weeks agree to form a group of 2 to 4, then submit the name(s) to the admin team at 309-533-8339 (text only) before your next training day.

A few reminders: Please be sure to communicate with ALL of your group members to ensure everyone is on board forming the group before submitting the names. Once a group is locked in and finalized, we will not swap members with other groups unless if it’s deemed necessary by your head instructors. If you cannot find a group, the instructors can make suggestions based on who you have been training with, or who else has a similar training schedule that’s also seeking to add members to his/her group. Please note that groups are not finalized until reviewed by the instructors, and they may reach out to recommend changes based on safety and other considerations.

Please text us at 309-533-8339 if you have questions. We look forward to starting this new initiative with your support.

GB Downers Grove Team


Get ready for the most anticipated event of the year!

GB Chicagoland End of the Year Party, Seminar & Belt Grading Ceremony 2022

Hosted by our GB Illinois & Wisconsin leaders with special guest, Prof. Salvatore Pace from Gracie Barra UK

Saturday 12/10
2:30 PM onwards
at Gracie Barra Downers Grove

Followed by dinner and awards ceremony, 8 PM
at Chama Gaucha Brazilian Steakhouse
3008 Finley Rd, Downers Grove, IL 60515

EARLY BIRD PRICING (ends on Monday Nov-21st):
$115 for kids 9 and under
$145 for kids 10 and above plus adults

Book your spots now!

For students:

For friends & family:

You cannot miss this one!



Dear Parents,

Summer break is on the horizon and we would like to invite all kids and teens of Chicagoland to develop VALUABLE AND ESSENTIAL SKILLS that no other summer camps can offer. Gracie Barra Downers Grove Summer Camp will teach your kids self-defense, competitive Jiu-Jitsu, kickboxing, and functional workout all in a safe environment with fun activities on top!

The Gracie Barra Chicagoland Summer Camp will be following all safety protocols designed in accordance with Gracie Barra Safety Protocols??, respecting all the CDC and State protocols for reopening after-school programs and day camps.

These special workshops will be lead by:

Prof Carlos Lemos Jr.: 4x Brazilian Jitsu World Champion Gracie Barra Black Belt 5th degree

Coach Andrew: BJJ Brown Belt and Striking specialist

Coach Vince: BJJ Blue Belt, Muay Thai and wrestling specialist

Gracie Barra Jiu-Jitsu (152 Ogden Ave, Downers Grove, IL, 60515)

From June 14th to August 12th, Monday through Thursday, ⏰Time: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM ?Participants: GB members and non-members age 6-13 yr old. No prior experience required. All participants must be fully Gracie Barra uniformed. ?ONLY 20 SPOTS AVAILABLE. Sign up today! [email protected].