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Congratulations to our GB Sydney team on incredible performances at the NSW Summer Cup!
Together, along with our other GB Schools, we managed to come 1st in the Kids, Gi and No-Gi divisions!
Congratulations to everyone involved, this was an amazing success for our team!
Congratulations to our new black belts!
At the GB Oceania Awards Night 2019, GB Sydney promoted 5 new black belts! Congratulations to:
- Prof. Carlos Schiezaro
- Prof. Gabriel Oliveira
- Prof. Jeremy Mateo
- Prof. Mohamed Abdi
- Prof. Murilo Pinamoura
We would also like to congratulate these black belts on getting another stripe on their belt:
- Prof. Diogo Reis
- Prof. Jo Thomson
- Prof. Marcelo Moyses
On average, it takes about 8 to 10 years to achieve a black belt. Congratulations to these student on their incredible achievement!
Check out all the photos from the GB Oceania Awards Night 2019 here!
Have a look at some of the GB Sydney team at the
opening of the Gracie Barra HQ in Florianpolis, Brazil with Master Carlos Gracie Jr!
Don't forget we have over 800 GB Schools across the world!
Whenever you are going to another city, or another country, make sure you take you uniform and get a Visitors Card for the team at reception!
Any training you do overseas will count towards your next stripe and attendance back here at GB Sydney!
Talk to the team for more information!
Congratulations to everyone who represented Gracie Barra Sydney,
and the wider Gracie Barra team, this past weekend at the IBJJF Pan Pacific Championships!
Together, we won:
- 2nd in the Gi
- 2nd in the No-Gi
- 3rd in the Kids (Pee-Wee division)
- 3rd in the Kids (Teens division)
This is our best ever result at this competition, a huge achievement considering this is down in Melbourne!
Congratulations to everyone who went out there to support our team, and to all our athletes on representing the Red Shield!
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One of the biggest competitions of the year is approaching fast!
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Prof. Ana Laura Cordeiro is coming to Australia for an incredible Training Camp!
Prof. Ana Laura is an incredible competitor, GB School Owner, mother and
epresentative of Gracie Barra! She is also a 2nd Degree Black Belt under Master Carlos Gracie Jr!
She is one of the most decorated female Gracie Barra athletes ever! Check out some her amazing achievements below:
- 2x IBJJF Black Belt World Champion
- 2x IBJJF Black Belt Pan Am Champion
- IBJJF World No-Gi Champion (Weight & Absolute)
Here is the schedule for Prof. Ana Laura's Training Camp:
- Saturday 7th December: 2pm to 5pm
- Sunday 8th December: 2pm to 5pm
Come and learn from one of the greatest female Jiu-Jitsu competitors of all time!
GB Oceania is proud to announce the GB Awards Night 2019!
Come celebrate the fantastic year GB Oceania has had in style, and celebrate all of our achievements!
We will be announcing the GB Oceania Ambassadors for 2020 and have a massive black belt grading!
3rd Release Tickets Now On Sale! Limited tickets available!
Get yours now at https://gboceania.eventbrite.com.au!
We are going to have 4 new black belts at GB Sydney, plus 3 black belts receiving promotions!
- Carlos Schiezaro (Black Belt)
- Gabriel Oliveira (Black Belt)
- Mohamed Abdi (Black Belt)
- Murilo Pinamoura (Black Belt)
- Prof. Diogo Reis (2nd Degree Black Belt)
- Prof. Jo Thomson (2nd Degree Black Belt)
- Prof. Marcelo Moyses (3rd Degree Black Belt)
The night will be filled with wonderful company, food and an amazing atmosphere that will embody the spirit of Gracie Barra! The night will be a joyful end to 2019, and be a way for all of us to come together as one team, to celebrate the achievements and inspire each other to achieve even more in 2020!
The GB Awards Night 2019 will include:
- A 3 course, sit down dinner;
- The GB Oceania Ambassadors for 2020;
- Black Belt Ceremony;
- The GB Oceania Loyalty Award!
Plus, the opportunity to:
- Network with your extensive GB Oceania team;
- Celebrate 2019 in style;
- Spend time with the GB Oceania Professors;
- Meet our special guest, Professor Ana Laura Cordeiro!
Please note: Refunds can be granted until the 21st of November. No refunds will be given after this day. Tickets can be transferred to another person by contacting Gracie Barra Oceania.
Congratulations to Prof. Glauco de Almeida and Coach Sean Fong on your super bonus!
In January 2019, we set a challenge for Coach Sean and Prof. Glauco. They needed to reach a certain level of growth for Gracie Barra Sydney.
They had from the 1st of January 2019 to 31st of December 2019. If they reached this target, they would receive a bonus towards either a car, or a home deposit/investment. On the 28th of August 2019, they reached their goal.
This is an incredible achievement for both of them, and shows their growth with Gracie Barra.
Prof. Glauco started training with us when he was 13 years old. He grew up on the mats, and years later, started assisting with classes. As he grew, he became a part-time Instructor, and began impacting the lives of every student who came through the doors. In 2018, at our GB Oceania Awards Night, Prof. Marcelo Rezende awarded him with his black belt. A boy, grown in to a man, and now the Chief Instructor here at Gracie Barra Sydney.
Coach Sean Fong also changed his life with us here. After a lifelong fascination with martial arts brought him to Gracie Barra Sydney, Sean left his job in a law firm after only 6 months of training. He immediately started working at Gracie Barra Sydney, and is now the Program Director here, and for many of us, the first point of contact. Sean loves his job, and loves being the person who gets to explain the power of Jiu-Jitsu to every new face that comes through the doors.
Congratulations to both of you!
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2 months ago, we brought you the story of Richie Harris. Here is the latest update!
Richie's journey started at nearly 150kgs, and he is now at an amazing 93kgs!
Richie has recently travelled to the IBJJF World Masters Championships, and last night received his purple belt from Prof. Marcelo Rezende!
We are all incredibly proud of your Richie!
This is a debate that is increasing in the jiu jitsu world as jiu jitsu becomes more popular and the availability of sport jiu jitsu competitions increases and more schools move towards teaching sport jiu jitsu in their classes.
The fundamental question at the heart of the debate is “Does training sport jiu jitsu prepare someone adequately for a street self defense situation?”
One side says that schools that focus on sports jiu jitsu positions and strategies are not preparing students for real life violent situations. The opposite responds by saying that an experienced jiu jitsu student is well equipped to handle the average person in the event of a street confrontation. For purposes of this discussion we are not talking about a fight between a trained MMA opponent. We are talking about the 95% if the average population in a street self defense scenario.
Let’s start by remembering the real fighting origins of jiu jitsu. Unarmed combat in the days if feudal Japan and the samurai warriors. Master Jigoro Kano, the founder of what we know as Judo today, synthesized a system of techniques from the old schools of ju-jitsu. This made its way to Brazil and was further adapted and evolved by the Gracie family into the art we know today. The roots of jiu jitsu, from its earliest days, were about defending against and defeating an opponent in a real fight.
Shortly after jiu jitsu became more well known in the USA, jiu jitsu saw the rise of sport jiu jitsu competitions. Rules – and of course the strategies to gain.victory under those rules – became exponentially more popular in the years that followed right up until today. In hotbeds if jiu jitsu, there is a tournament every weekend. Many jiu jitsu schools shifted their emphasis from self defense to sport jiu jitsu. This led to a great evolution of new positions and techniques that were very successful in sport jjiu jitsu tournaments.
This evolution has its vocal.critics. Their argument is that many techniques for sport are not only ineffective for the street, but lead to bad habits. Practising ineffective sport moves can provide a false sense of confidence for jiu jitsu students who think they are learning to defend themselves but instead are learning and practicing techniques like Spider Guard and pulling half guard and looking for 2 points for the sweep to win a competition match.
A true martial art must include realistic, proven techniques for situations that happen in real life.
The other side of the argument is that an experienced jiu jitsu.practitioner would not elect to pull guard and look for a Lasso guard sweep in a real life confrontation, instead taking the opponent to the ground and controlling from mount or the the back. In addition, sport jiu jitsu competitors are prepared for high stress, high intensity physical conflict with an opponent and are relatively familiar in these situations compared to the untrained individual.
Above whatever specific techniques a jiu jitsu student is learning, they are also training their reactions to rapidly changing and chaotic fights, physical attributes that are critical in a physical confrontation.
The way boxing, judo, jiu jitsu are trained live against a fully resisting opponent has proven in reality to be far more effective for preparing students for the unpredictable nature of a street encounter than choreographed “lethal” self defense techniques performed with compliant training partners.
Experienced boxers, wrestlers, judoka and bjj competitors have an enormous advantage in dealing with physical aggression compared to an average untrained individual.
It is important to mention (especially in the case of women and young people) that martial arts training helps build confidence that is the first step in not being a victim and avoiding conflicts before they escalate to becoming physical.
Gracie Barra starts students off in the Fundamentals program where training in common self defense situations like escaping head locks and clinch to takedown is an integral part of all student’s introduction to jiu jitsu. After completing the Fundamentals classes, students start to focus more on sports jiu jitsu positions that make training with the other students a lot more fun.
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If I asked you what is the most important escape in jiu-jitsu, what would you say?
If we asked a room full of students at the Gracie Barra school this question,
for certain at least one hand would be raised in the air “I get stuck underneath side control and can’t get out. How do I escape?”
Yes, this just might be the #1 problem for first year jiu-jitsu students. Therefore, it follows that the solution to the biggest problem is likely the most important escape. This escape is a technique not only important for white belts, but one that all jiu-jitsu students will use everytime they roll for their entire jiu-jitsu careers.
Fundamentals Jiu-Jitsu: Recovering The Guard From Side Mount
There are multiple variations of side control and the different escapes for escaping those respective variations but the most commonly used escape from side control is the guard replacement or “elbow to knee” escape – as taught by Prof. Flavio Almeida in the video above.
Having confidence in your ability to recover guard from the bottom of side control is super important for a less obvious reason: it helps your submission game from guard.
How does an escape help your submissions?
When you are unsure of your ability to escape side control after giving up a guard pass, you become afraid to try that triangle attack from your guard for fear that you will fail and end up in a bad position. When you have faith in your ability to escape side control, it frees up your jiu-jitsu and you can own up (and thereby improve) your offensive game from the guard.
Here are 3 tips on how to better perform the most important escape in jiu-jitsu.
1) Your first priority is to protect yourself. Place your arms in a defensive position with elbows in tight to your body. Think of using your arms as frames instead of trying to push your opponent off of you – which requires much more strength.
2) Create the space. One Gracie Barra instructor explained it to our class like this: “The job of the guy on top is to remove all space and be tight. The guy on the bottom needs to do the opposite – create space.” How do we create space?
This is where all of those bridges and shrimping down the mats come into use – move your hips!
3) Timing. If your opponent is 100% focused on holding you in side control and applying all of their weight…escaping is not easy! Black belts know that to attack a submission requires moving your position and releasing some of that pressure and opening a little space. Now is your time to bridge, shrimp and perform your escape. Go in the moment your opponent attempts an attack and take
A Gracie Barra student asks “I’ve been training in the gi and have been thinking about doing some no-gi training. What is the biggest difference between gi and no-gi training?”
Master Carlos Gracie Jr., when asked about the difference between self defense jiu-jitsu and the more sport oriented training replied that he felt there was only one jiu-jitsu. That is to say the core techniques, positions and principles of jiu-jitsu are mostly the same despite a different rule set for competition or a street self defense situation. A back mount position is dominant with or without the gi. The fundamental jiu-jitsu technique – the rear naked choke is as effective in a self defense situation as it is training no-gi at the Gracie Barra school.
Now that we have made that point, what ARE the main differences between gi and no-gi?
1) The Grips
This is the most obvious difference between the 2 styles of jiu-jitsu. At the higher levels of competition, the black belts wage fierce technical battles to secure their own preferred grips and deny their opponents grips. Switching from gi training, you might be surprised to discover your favorite gi grips have disappeared entirely!
Students who have only no-gi experience, when putting on the gi quickly become frustrated with the numerous grips their training partner has to control them.
A number of black belts I’ve spoken with shared the opinion that it was easier for a primarily gi based jiu-jitsu student to transition to no-gi than the other way around – the no-gi adapting to training in the gi.
These grips tend to make training in the gi a slower, more tactical game. Conversely, no-gi rolling is generally faster with more scrambles for position.
2) The gi has more choke attack variations.
The number of gi strangles alone are a significant difference in submission threats between gi and no-gi. Add the creative uses of the lapels to control and chokes like Baseball Bat Choke, Brabo Choke and Breadcutter Choke and the no-gi student suddenly has a whole lot more to worry about!
Interestingly, the most successful submissions in professional MMA are the no-gi chokes – the rear naked choke, the Guillotine choke, the Anaconda and Darce chokes and the Arm Triangle (Kara gatame) are all available in gi training as well.
3) Leg attacks.
Since the rules of sport competition will strongly influence the primary strategies of the competitors and how they train every session, the difference in rules between IBJJF gi competition regarding legal leg locks and the no-gi / submission only format where all leg locks allowed (especially heel hooks!) have created a big difference in the way leg locks are approached.
Now one can certainly train heel hooks with the gi in your school – provided the rules of training in the school allow it and the training partners are sufficiently experienced to train heel hooks safely. That said, most gi jiu-jitsu schools adhere to the IBJJF rules regarding legal leg locks (according to belt rank) as the rules of rolling in the class. Much less emphasis on learning leg locks generally speaking.
No-gi focused students spend much more of their training time on leg attacks and have contributed greatly to the evolution and sophistication of the leg attack aspect of jiu-jitsu. Fans of competitive no-gi jiu-jitsu have seen the biggest innovations in leg locking systems in the last several years.
What do YOU feel is the biggest difference between training gi and no-gi?
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Prof. Marcio Feitosa is a 5th degree black belt under master Carlos Gracie Jr. – who starting training when he was 12 years old.
Prof. Marcio Feitosa was one of the most successful Gracie Barra competitors capturing a World BJJ Championship
before turning his efforts to being a head instructor at Gracie Barra and working to grow the Gracie Barra team
both in Brazil and the earliest schools in the USA.
Prof. Marcio had a mat side chat where he discussed some of the life and leadership lessons that he learned through his experiences, mistakes and successes while teaching and working to grow Gracie Barra jiu-jitsu.
How to overcome mistakes through the lessons of Jiu-jitsu with Prof. Marcio Feitosa
Leading by Example
“My conclusion is that leadership equals setting the example. If you work on you, you set the example. Everything else will fall into place. As far as leadership roles, as far as being able to lead your school, your instructors, your athletes, your students.”
“I like challenges…”
“About one a big mistake that I did as a leader a mistake that I did learn a lot from, it was a mistake I did in 2004 when I was working full time through Gracie by North America helping school honors in the support department, helping the team with the teaching related things like the curriculum, training camps and I was also working full-time in leading the headquarters in Irvine and I was leading the GB headquarters since 2005 when I moved from Brazil to California together with a group of people to start that school. So I was for nine years doing that. I started teaching when the school opened its doors.”
“I wanted to be more aggressive and I felt like I could increase more challenges and it was right when Gracie Barra was growing very fast in Brazil.”
So Prof. Marcio moved back to Brazil to work on those GB schools and delegated the running of the HQ in Irvine to some other GB team members. However, this expansion of Gracie Barra was not without its challenges and problems at the flagship school in California.
“I don’t think I was able to get everyone to work together and to function as a strong team.
Long story short, we got to a point where in late – 2015, less than two years later we had a major problem in the headquarters. It was clear that the school was not doing well.”
Prof. Marcio waited until the situation had run its course and then was ready to take responsibility again to rebuild the school in Irvine.
“…and they said ‘we’re out’ so I got the keys and I said no problem.
Now I will come back and it’s my responsibility.”
” just like in jiu-jitsu – it’s always about going back to the basics”
“So I did come back and in my mind I kept thinking I needed to just work hard. Of course that’s number one work extremely hard – but to go back to the basics.
I believe that just like in jiu-jitsu – it’s always about going back to the basics and making the fundamentals work.”
So I made a decision to live for three months inside the school. I built a room in there. There was no TV. I had a small bag, my computer, a shower.
And I stayed there for three months and the idea was to learn the students names again. To know every single person that was coming through the doors of our school to make sure that again we have a very solid and a strong family inside the headquarters and that’s what I call going back to the basics. Because the basics of making a strong Gracie Barra school understanding Master Carlos’ vision and teaching his teaching systems that I do understand. I’ve been studying jiu-jitsu under him since I am 12 years old but you also need to really care about the people within the school, you need to know that people, you need to create strong relationships inside the school.”
During this time Prof. Marcio gives big credit to fellow world Champion Prof. Otavio Sousa during that critical team rebuilding period.
Choosing the right leader.
“I was having a conversation with over the last years which is Professor Phillip della Monica “Furão” (who is the current head instructor at GB HQ in Irvine) and we had a conversation. I shared with him my desire to be back in Brazil. That I wanted to be back in Brazil I wanted to help the team there and he made a commitment to take over the leadership for the headquarters.”
“The strongest headquarters that we ever had”
“In my opinion he did the strongest headquarters that we ever had. Today our students are extremely happy. It’s a place where great American instructors and school owners can go to receive support, to see their school operating. We have over 500 students we have three mat areas and the entire grace of our team is very very proud of the headquarters in Irvine and most importantly Master Carlos sees it as his home in the United States.
He’s extremely proud of that…”
“I feel like today, because of this past history, the team is even more proud and embraces even more our headquarters in Irvine because we all know how hard we had to battle in order to have what we have today.”
“I’m so glad that each generation of Gracie Barra school owners, instructors, athletes, students is better than the previous one.”
“I’m also very proud and I strongly believe that this is directly a result of Master Carlos Jr. concerned and focused into providing support, providing information and educating this is for sure directly result of his approach.
I’m so glad that we have a strong instructors program.”
and the wider Gracie Barra team, this past weekend at the NSW State Championships!
- 1st in the Gi
- 1st in the No-Gi
- 2nd in the Kids
We had over 30 competitors, both Kids and Adults, and came away with over 35 medals!