"A journey of a thousand steps starts with just one"
The Gracie Barra Fundamentals Program (GB1) was created as the first step to envisioning Carlos Gracie Jnr’s vision of JiuJitsu for everyone. A universal program designed to teach anyone of any experience level the key positions, techniques and concepts of Brazilian JiuJitsu. To create a foundation to build a lifetime of knowledge and training on top of. The Fundamentals Program covers a broad spectrum of techniques from World-renowned self-defence to takedowns to positional escapes to submission holds.
The practise of Gracie Barra Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu allows individuals to understand these principles through an exciting process that combines instruction, observation, practice, appropriate feedback, live training and competition. Students of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu experience results that go beyond gains in strength, flexibility, fitness or self-defence skills. By remaining truthful to the lessons learned in practice and applying them off the mats, Gracie Barra students experience an overall improvement in their focus, energy and general well-being.
"It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen."
Our program structure is designed with the mission of Gracie Barra in mind. In order to continue bringing Jiu-Jitsu to as many people as possible, and meet their own specific learning needs, we need a training plan that offers progressive challenges and promotes teamwork while addressing the individualities of each student. As a natural progression from the basic principles of the Fundamentals Program (GB1), the Advanced Program (GB2) is built on high-level techniques and drills that start shaping the students game flow through the development of reflexes, speed and reaction time as well as transitions between one technique and another. Advanced Program classes are based on a defined class structure and curriculum that take a broad and open-minded approach, incorporating techniques from different grappling styles like wrestling, judo, sambo, and, of course, Gracie Barra Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
After a few months in the GB Advanced Program students typically experience a deeper involvement in GB’s philosophy, a stronger bond with training partners as well as more discipline and commitment to healthy habits that keep them in good shape.
BLACK BELT PROGRAM
"There is no losing in JiuJitsu, you either win or you learn"
The Gracie Barra Black Belt Program (GB3) is the last stage in Gracie Barra’s adult program structure. While it does represent the student’s arrival at the ultimate level of training in our school, it also represents a new beginning. The goal of this program is to further develop the student’s BJJ game flow by exposing them to cutting edge Jiu-Jitsu techniques and variations. The program’s dynamic curriculum and classes, followed by live sparring sessions, build a challenging yet safe environment for students to progress from their blue to black belts.
It is in the Black Belt Program that most students truly grasp what they’ve been told since being white belts: Jiu-Jitsu is an endless journey of daily accomplishments that always leads to a new challenge. The same old techniques gain new meaning as their BJJ game flow is defined. Gracie Barra students enrolled in the Black Belt Program are role models at our schools. The responsibility of sharing GB techniques and training philosophy with newer students is taken seriously. They play a key role in maintaining a safe, friendly and progress-oriented environment at our school.