Professor Carlos “Escorrega” Lemos Jr. surrounded by his children and friends after receiving his Gracie Barra 25 Year Achievement Award from Master Carlos Gracie Jr.
On Saturday, October 5, 2019, our very own Professor Carlos Lemos Jr. received the inaugural Legacy Award award for his over 25 years of dedication, commitment, and loyalty to Gracie Barra.
“Over 26 years ago I had two dreams and two dreams only…” The Gracie Barra black belt said during his acceptance speech. “I wanted to one day become a father and I wanted to one day to receive my black belt under Master Carlos [Gracie Jr.]” He continued. “Almost 27 years later I can tell that I am a blessed man.”
The awards ceremony was held during dinner on the second night of Gracie Barra World Summit 2019 as part of a 3-day event held every two years where leaders and members of Gracie Barra academies from all over the world come together to celebrate the three pillars that make Gracie Barra the largest and most successful Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu team in the world: GB Legacy, GB Jiu-Jitsu, and GB Competition Team.
Among the award recipients were other accomplished GB black belts and fixtures namely Prof. Flavio Almeida, Prof. Carlos Maia, Prof. Rafa Ramos, and Prof. Marcelo Souza.
To conclude his speech, Professor Carlos thanked Master Carlos Gracie Jr. and ended with the words “I know I made the right choice.”
Congratulations, Professor Carlos! The Gracie Barra Downers Grove Family is extremely proud of you!
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