With so much unrest throughout the country, the United States citizens and leaders are calling reform in police departments across the nation. The Marietta Police Department is taking steps to make some sort of change in Marietta, Georgia.

The department announced on their website that Brazilian Jiu Jitsu will now be a mandatory class for all officers affiliated with their department. With the murder of George Floyd in Minnesota by a police officer, change has been demanded from United States citizens by police departments. The Marietta Police Department believes that ignorance is no excuse and will be taking measures to change that in their community.

The police department is aiming to have officers stop using punches and instead incorporate grappling to subdue anyone under attest.

The MPD has already graduated seven cadets in the program on September 27th. Now, cadets are required to take one Jiu Jitsu class a week until they reach solo status. The MPD estimates that will be approximately five months of training on average.

Marietta Police Department also states that while this won’t replace current training the officers receive, it will be an additional tool they will have.

Marietta Police Department Trying New Approach
While the opinion on training officers in Jiu Jitsu is mixed, the MPD is taking a chance and taking proactive steps to make a change in how their department views social justice.

The department received training from Humberto “Beto” Borges in their September graduating class.

On the Gracie Breakdown, the YouTube channel of the Gracie family, they dive into a 30 minute conversation on why they believe Brazilian Jiu Jitsu would be a great fit for police officers. Watch that video below.


🔺 Plan of the #gbchicagoland & #gbillnois starts TODAY June 18th.🔺
These are the main exciting changes are :
– Choose your training partner
– Light contact ( training drills)
– Masks are optional during training required only to enter and to leave the facility
– Even more fun on the mats approaching the new normal


Dear Parents,
The summer break is here, and we would like to invite all little champions of Chicagoland to develop VALUABLE AND ESSENTIAL SKILLS that no other summer camps can offer. Gracie Barra Downers Grove Summer will teach the kids self defense, competitive Jiu-Jitsu, kickboxing, and functional workout 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 Protocals🛡🔺, 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
◦Prof Marcos Barros: Pan American Champion, Brazilian National Champion Gracie Barra 4th Degree Black Belt, Illinois State Police Officer and member of the SWAT Team

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

📆Period: From June 22th to August 20th, Monday through Thursday, except July 6th to 9th in appreciation to the Independence Day weekend.

⏰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! admin@gbdownersgrove.com


We are ready to roll out the Safety first🛡🔺 3 phase plan of the #gbchicagoland & #gbillinois.

Take a moment to read all the guidelines of our plan created by @graciebarra and revised and approved by health area professionals.

If you not comfortable returning to your gb home school just yet no problem ! We will continue to offer :

  • Virtual group lessons for kids and adults
  • Virtual Private lessons
  • Virtual Regional Seminars
  • Virtual weekly functional training(BarraFit Combat)

Pre book your live lesson here :


Midwest launch on Tuesday May 5th at 12pm

We’ve been reinventing ourselves because of you to keep offering you and your family the best and safest training environment ever ! We went this far because of one reason only. You ! knowing that we are much stronger together!
Thank you for support to your local GB School ! We will win this war !

Prof Marcos Barros ( GB Midwest Regional Director )


Prof Carlos Lemos Jr ( GB Chicagoland Regional Director)


Our first priority is SAFETY, safety of your community, safety of our students and ultimately safety of our families.

With that in mind @graciebarra brought together a team of health professionals, school owners, athletes and students to develop a comprehensive plan to help us all to return to our home schools resuming our physical classes as well as giving continuity the amazing virtual platform we incorporated to reach out to a much broader audience and to serve a far bigger portion of our population that for one reason or another didn’t have access to jiu-jitsu.

We are confident that by bringing the best practices and experts together finding the prefect tune between safety & functionality will help us to return to our normal actives and lives in a safe manner.

We will be following the CDC closely, as well as the health authorities and governamental guidelines.

GB Chicagoland & GB Illinois family we have a North ! Let’s continue working TOGETHER exploring the top technologies and systems bringing the safest and best experience to our amazing community who has supported us to this point.

June 1st is our target date !

Let’s do this team !

Professor Carlos Lemos Jr
GB Chicagoland Regional Director


Professor Marcos Barros
GB Midwest Regional Director


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!


The first week of our online training format was a huge success thanks to the undying support of our @graciebarradownersgrove
& @graciebarraenaperville
family. The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive and encouraging.
Let’s keep the energy up as we roll into week 2. Keep sending your awesome pictures too. They keep us inspired and motivated.
Join us again in our effort to stay healthy and active during these challenging times. We need it more than ever.
Classes are streamed live via our private Facebook group, GB Downers Grove & East Naperville Members and Parents
Monday-Friday 11:00AM, 5:30PM & 6:30PM for the rest of the week.
If you are a member of these schools and are not yet part of the group, please let us know so that we may add you.
As a @graciebarra member, you now also have access to hundreds of Jiu-Jiutsu instructional videos, live streams and other valuable resources through the GB Online website.
Here is how to get your online access, and the schools will fully sponsor access to several online courses worth hundreds of dollars. This is an offer to all our active members supporting us with flattening the curve:
  • We will open access once we receive your signup information
We cannot express our gratitude enough for your continued support during this lockdown. Keeping your membership active helps ensure that we will all have a school to go back to when this crisis is over. It also helps us continue to provide you with quality service. We will get through this together.
Coming soon: A new exciting 100% interactive platform and a live talk show featuring all of our instructors with a live question and answer portion.
Let us know if you have any questions.
Thank you!

Gracie Barra Downers Grove serving Downers Grove, Westmont, Clarendon Hills, and surrounding communities

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