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





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


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!


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)