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Just purchase your uniform and jump into an incredible summer!

We did it! Thank you for helping us earn the top spot in the Academy Overall Awards at the Compnet Chicago Summer Championship on June 11th.

1st Place: GB Downers Grove
2nd Place: GB Springfield
3rd Place: GB New Lenox

Congratulations to everyone who competed and to the Compnet Illinois team for putting together an incredible, memorable tournament experience.

We cannot wait to do it again!

*Offer available to first time students only


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

Sign up now at https://compnet.smoothcomp.com/en/event/7527
☆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!


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To celebrate Gracie Barra’s 36th year anniversary, new members that sign up in April and May will get their first month of training for $36. In addition, they will also receive a $36 credit that they can use at the Pro Shop. Also, all existing students can use the Legacy Referral Card to refer a friend and if they sign up, the referring student will receive a complimentary four weeks or tuition.
Take advantage of this limited time offer. Refer your friends today and take part in our legacy!
📱 (630) 964-1414

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Refer a friend your friend gets a month free (30 days) and you get a month free for every friend you bring!

In addition to that, we will have a contest for the students that bring the most number of new members to the schools (Downers or Naperville).

The prizes are:

  • 1st place ( full set GB wear premium gi, rash guard and short ) in addition to the free months per new student brought to the school;
  • 2nd place a private lesson with Professor a Carlos Lemos Jr in addition to the free months per new student brought to the school;
  • 3rd place a no-gi full set uniform GB wear rash guard and GB wear shorts.

Don’t miss out!


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“It’s exactly like a Jiu-Jitsu match. Your whole life is a Jiu-Jitsu match…”
Meet Prof. Carlos Lemos Jr., a 5th-degree black belt under Master Carlos Gracie Jr. and the head instructor and owner of Gracie Barra Downers Grove, Illinois.
This week, Gracie Barra talks with Prof. Carlos about how he was able to apply the lessons of jiu-jitsu on and off the mats during the time of the global pandemic.
GB: How have you been able to apply what you have learned in Jiu-Jitsu to your life outside of the mats (especially during the pandemic)?
Prof. Carlos: This is a great question. Especially how I am using what I learned in Jiu-Jitsu during the pandemic.
I definitely applied a lot of Jiu-Jitsu concepts.
A lot of my students say ‘Man, the way you talk, the way you interact with people, the way that you do things’… I hear that all of the time from my students.
It’s exactly like a Jiu-Jitsu match. Your whole life is a Jiu-Jitsu match! I heard that multiple times from my coaches, from my students. One can’t help but to transcend the mats with the Jiu-Jitsu knowledge.
Definitely, I saw a lot of people getting depressed. That reflected in the world economy. That reflects in the countries. That even reflected in the microcosm of the family. I saw friends becoming enemies. I saw students canceling memberships. I saw family members fighting each other. All because of the stress and the uncertainty of the pandemic.
But I didn’t see much of that in the active Jiu-Jitsu community. The pandemic was nothing but a tough fight for all of us. We got caught by surprise. That threw us, passed our guard, and got a knee on our belly.
What do you do now? Do you panic? Do you turn onto your belly and give up? Or…do you breathe, assess the situation, and start to patiently work for an escape?
This is exactly what we did and how we approach the whole situation. That approach enabled us to help so many of our students that are studying with us. To help so many people in our community, family members, people around us. Because we know that patience is the way of Jiu-Jitsu. You can’t panic. You can’t rush.
Of course, we are not in a comfortable spot. We worked more than ever. We offered virtual classes, every day. We did an “SOS” phone call to all of our students, a Gracie Barra hotline we could call that ?
To keep everybody positive and understanding that it was not the end for us. We would make it out of this.
To keep serving our students. Making sure that everyone was covered in any needs of theirs. Whether it be their financial, or mental support or any help of any sort.
We kept a positive approach. A Jiu-Jitsu fighter that doesn’t have a positive and enthusiastic approach to life doesn’t go anywhere. So that is what we kept. We helped many people during the months of the shutdown. We had a stay in the shelter order in our state where we could only leave the house for the essentials or emergencies. But that didn’t slow us down.
Now we are open again with several restrictions, but we can teach in-person classes. We are really happy with the lives that we reached out to and all of the people that we helped.
Credits: Mark Mullen
Gracie Barra Black belt based in Asia

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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.

?️WHEN:
September 19, 11am-1:30pm

?️WHERE:
Whitlock Park
4000 Fairview Ave, Downers Grove, IL

?️PRICE:
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).

⛑SAFETY PROTOCOL:
• Bring your own mat
• Practice social distancing
• Training Buddy System
• Bring your masks and sanitizers

LIMITED SPOTS AVAILABLE

?SIGN UP ONLINE!?

https://linktr.ee/gbchicagolandandillinois

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

WE CANNOT WAIT TO SEE YOU THERE!

️STRONGER TOGETHER 

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