Professor Carlos Lemos Jr is a 4th Degree Black Belt and began training at Gracie Barra in 1992. From the Blue Belt to the Black Belt he trained at GB Rio Matriz with Mestre Carlinhos.

From there, Professor traveled the world spreading the Jiu-Jitsu For Everyone mission.

In this video, Professor Carlos talks a little bit about his story, what it was like to train at that time and what it meant and influenced his life to this day.

Check out the full video!


?️Congratulations Professor Pedroca Tello and Professor Alex Rojas on completing your Gracie Barra Instructor Certification Program. Thank you for taking this important step to ensure that our members receive the best quality of instruction aligned with Gracie Barra’s highest standards.

“The Gracie Barra Instructor Certification Program was developed by Master Carlos Gracie Jr. as a learning platform dedicated to all Gracie Barra team members to ensure his philosophies, principles and high standards of instruction are met while at the same time focusing on improvements to enhance the instructor’s toolset.”

Gracie Barra Downers Grove serving Downers Grove, Oakbrook, Westmont, and surrounding communities

For a free trial lesson call us at : (630) 964-1414


GB Ambassadors od Arizona Seminar and Belt Grading Ceremony

We are really excited to announce Gracie Barra Black Belt Ambassadors of Arizona Seminar and Belt Grading Ceremony featuring Professor Flavio Almeida. 
July 9, 6-8PM
at GB Downers Grove 
Doors open at 5:30PM
Open to all GB schools in the Chicagoland area and Illinois. If you have students that you would like to be graded during this event, please send us a list of their  names. Your students’ & school’s names will be called and your school’s professor will grade them accordingly.
* Confirmed participants on the list will receive a bracelet at the door
** There will be no sponsored spots for this event – All the participants are required to donate a minimum amount of $40
Limited spots available. Sign up today at http://gbarizona.link/ambassadors
GB AZ will close the registration as soon as the target is met.
Thank you
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Congratulations to the #gbchicagoland team on another Gracie Barra premium school in Illinois!
It is with great pride and excitement that we announce that Gracie Barra East Naperville has officially achieved GB Premium status!
Being a GB Premium School means that the school consistently meets all the requirements set by the Gracie Barra leadership to ensure that schools are aligned with Master Carlos Gracie Jr.’s philosophy and instruction standards. These include having a safe training environment for everyone, a clean, quality facility, and highly qualified GB certified instructors.


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.


?Our last ?️GB Kids belt promotions ceremony of the year was amazingly eventful with several students being promoted to the next level and others earning new stripes on their belts.??

?3 GB Black Belts were on deck to oversee the event. Thank you, Professors @carloslemosjrgb Carlos Lemos Jr.
@pedrocagb Pedro Tello & @davedomzalski Dave Domzalski

Congratulations to our GB Downers Grove Kids who have earned their promotions. You guys truly deserve it!??

Gracie Barra Downers Grove serving Downers Grove, Naperville, Hinsdale, and surrounding communities

For a free trial lesson call us at : (630) 964-1414



?️?️Good news! We still have spots available for our End of the Year Seminar and Belt Grading Ceremony at Gracie Barra Libertyville featuring Professor @salvobjj ?? but you need to act fast!⏳ Sign up now if you haven’t done so already and if your name is on the list, please confirm your registration as soon as possible or your spot may be given to other members on the waiting list.

This past weekend, GB Southwest UK had over 200 members participate in their End of the Year Seminar making it the biggest event of the year in the region. ?️GB Chicagoland, let’s make our End of the Year Seminar the biggest GB event of the year in the Midwest! ???
Celebrate another year of excellence, loyalty, and unity behind the ?️Red Shield?️ with our brothers and sisters from all over the Chicagoland area!?????? Talk to one of our staff members if you have any questions.


Gracie Barra Downers Grove serving Downers Grove, Naperville, Hinsdale, and surrounding communities

For a free trial lesson call us at : (630) 964-1414


“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.”
~Albert Einstein

Congratulations Professor Pedro “Pedroca” Tello @pedrocagb on winning this year’s GB Chicagoland’s Best Instructor in Award?

Thank you for sharing your knowledge, dedication, and friendship with us day in and day out. Your are truly one of the main pillars of our organization and we are very proud of you. You are an amazing human being and a great inspiration to us all.



Gracie Barra Downers Grove serving Downers Grove, Naperville, Hinsdale, and surrounding communities

For a free trial lesson call us at : (630) 964-1414


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!

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