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.


Can you think of a better way to start your day?

Our new GB Downers Grove 6:00am GB1 Class has been very popular since its launching a few weeks ago with team members showing up in droves to get a great training session to start off their day. Special thanks to Coach Fred Baker and Chris Taylor for heading this amazing class.

Come try it out for yourself and be part of the morning crew.

Talk to one of our staff members for more information.


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

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


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


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)


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!


?️A special treat for our GBDG Kids!

?Cake & Jiu-Jitsu?

Thank you to everyone who came and celebrated Kenzo’s special day with us.?

?Happy Birthday, Kenzo!

From all of us at Gracie Barra Downers Grove

We are very proud of you, Champ!??


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

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


?️Gracie Barra East Naperville and Gracie Barra Downers Grove held a jiu-jitsu workshop with the students of Avery Coonley School’s Heritage Festival! Coach Andrew had an amazing time serving their community!
Thanks Avery Cooley school and coach Andy Wang
Contact us at [email protected] for information about booking a Jiu-Jitsu workshop for your next event.

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

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


?Important update regarding our class schedules?

Effective Monday 11/04/2019

?️Our new GB Advanced Juniors Class will be incorporated into our current Advanced Adults Class
Mondays & Wednesdays 6:30-7:30 pm. No changes to the Adults Advanced and Fundamentals class schedules.

Fundamentals/Family Class:
10:00-11:00 am
Advanced Adults & Advanced Juniors Class:
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Adults No-Gi Class:
12:00 – 1:00 pm

Feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions.

Thank you!


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

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