GB Season Opener Tournament Results and Pics

GB Tournament: results available online and photo gallery

Gb Tournament: results available online

To see all the standings / results: CLICK HERE!

1000 Thanks to all who supported.

GB Tournament: Photo Gallery

Our Dear Rox was kind enough to take some great pictures from all of us at the GB Tournament and to prepare an outstanding photo gallery for our website.

To see it: CLICK HERE!

Thanks a lot Rox!


Professor Ricardo Guimaraes 2nd Degree Promotion

A group of us went down to celebrate: 

Gracia Barra America announces Professor Ricardo Guimaraes receiving his 2nd degree

We are proud to announce that the Gracie Barra Temecula Head Instructor Professor Ricardo Guimaraes received yesterday his 2nd degree on the Black Belt from the hands of his Instructor Professor Marcelo Pereira.

At Gracie Barra we follow the ibjjf guidelines and to receive a 2nd degree Black Belt our Professors need to be for at least 6 years on the Black Belt.

Congrats Professor Ricardo Guimaraes.

Here is a nice photo taken at the belt ceremony:


HELIO GRACIE – Enduring legend of BJJ

On Tuesday morning Grand Master Helio Gracie was tanning at his ranch in Brazil, and on Thursday morning at 9:15 he passed on due to natural causes. His legacy will survive forever in all members of the Gracie Family, jiu-jitsu practitioners around the world, and all those who have benefited from the revolution he began.

In his final years, the creator of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu often spoke of his satisfaction with his life’s work. He openly stated that he had accomplished everything he had set out to do, displaying his preparedness for the transition into the afterlife.

The Grand Master believed that such a transition should be seen as a positive step in one’s spiritual evolution. In a recent interview he declared: “I’ve already told my sons that when I die I want there to be a party. No drinking, no debauchery.”

To honor his request and his legacy, the Gracie Academy will host a celebratory gathering/slideshow presentation on Saturday, February 7, 2009. In anticipation of a large turnout of friends and family, we intend to have three showings starting at 4:00pm, 5:00pm and 6:00pm. If you can’t make it to the party, but would like to express how the Grand Master has affected your life, please send your story to so we can post it on the Gracie Academy website.

In one of his final magazine interviews the Grand Master expresses his concern for the future of Jiu-Jitsu:

“O Jiu-Jitsu que criei foi para dar chance aos mais fracos enfrentarem os mais pesados e fortes. E fez tanto sucesso, que resolveram fazer um Jiu-Jitsu de competição. Gostaria de deixar claro que sou a favor da prática esportiva e da preparação técnica de qualquer atleta, seja qual for sua especialidade. Além de boa alimentação, controle sexual e da abstenção de hábitos prejudiciais à saude. O problema consiste na criação de um Jiu-Jitsu competitivo com regras, tempo inadequado e que privilegia os mais treinados, fortes e pesados. O objetivo do Jiu-Jitsu é, principalmente, benificiar os mais fracos, que não tendo dotes físicos são inferiorizados. O meu Jiu-Jitsu é uma arte de autodefesa que não aceita certos regulamentos e tempo determinado. Essas são as razões pelas quais não posso, com minha presença, apoiar espetáculos, cujo efeito retrata um anti Jiu-Jitsu.”

“The Jiu-Jitsu that I created was designed to give the weak ones a chance to face the heavy and strong. It was so successful that they decided to create a sportive version of it. I would like to make it clear that of course I am in favor of the sportive practice and technical refinement of all athletes, whatever their specialty may be, as well as good nutrition, sexual control, avoidance of addictions and unhealthy habits. The problem lies in the creation of a sport-oriented Jiu-Jitsu, based on rules and time limits, which benefits the heavier, stronger, and more athletic individuals. The primary objective of Jiu-Jitsu is to empower the weak who, for not having the physical attributes, are often intimidated. My Jiu-Jitsu is an art of self-defense in which rules and time limits are unacceptable. These are the reasons for which I can’t support events that reflect an anti Jiu-Jitsu.”

-Grand Master Helio Gracie (October 1, 1913 – January 29, 2009)


“The B in BJJ”

Hello GB Team members!

February 22nd is Carnival Time!!
This edition of “The b in BJJ” will try to make you understand a little bit about the Brazilian Carnival or Carnaval Brasileiro, which is the biggest popular party on earth.

A Little History:

The Brazilian Carnival (Portuguese: Carnaval) is an annual festival in Brazil held 40 days before Easter and marks the beginning of Lent. During Lent, Roman Catholics are supposed to abstain from all bodily pleasures, including the consumption of meat. The carnival, celebrated as a profane event and believed to have its origins in the pagan Saturnalia, can thus be considered an act of farewell to the pleasures of the flesh.Brazilian Carnival as a whole exhibits some differences with its counterparts in Europe and other parts of the world, and within Brazil it has distinct regional manifestations. Brazilian citizens used to riot until the Carnival was accepted by the government as an expression of culture. That was because the Brazilian carnival had its origin in a Portuguese festivity called “entrudo”.


Well, if you go to Brazil on the Carnival you will find a party anywhere you go, but depending of what region you are you will see a diferent style of carnival. We mainly have three different styles.

If you go to big Cities like Sao Paulo and specially Rio de Janeiro you will be able to see the “Schools of Samba” parade.

Samba schools are very large, well-financed organizations that work year round in preparation for Carnival. Parading in the Sambadrome runs over four entire nights and is part of an official competition, divided into seven divisions, in which a single samba school will be declared that year’s winner.

Members of the “Estacio de Sa” samba school perform atop of a float that pays tribute to the statue of Liberty during the opening of the traditional Brazilian carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro, 18 February 2007. Some 150 thousand people attend the parade.

If you go to the country side you will be able to watch some religious parades and also enjoy the Carnival at the Sports Club in town where the carnival bands will be playing all night long.

The third option would be to go to the Northeast states where the music and the dance has a huge influence on people’s life. Over there you will reserve your place in one of the famous “blocks of carnival” where thousands of people party on the streets basically following a enormous truck with a famous brazilian band performing on top of the truck, called “Trio Eletrico”.

This is a great video that shows a little bit of the Carnival in Rio, maybe now you can have a idea how much Brazilians miss Brazil on the Carnival time!

This Second Video shows the Carnival on Northeast in Bahia:

So, are you already planing your Trip to Brazil? Jiu Jitsu train during the week and Carnival party on the weekend!
Maybe we can get Started in San Diego:

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