Master Renzo Gracie visits GB America!

Special guest: Master Renzo Gracie!

Last week Master Renzo Gracie was in town, and was kind enough to stop by our School to a magazine interview. The interview quickly became a private class to Professor Marcio Feitosa. Few lucky students were there and watched delighted techniques shown by the one who many say is the GB best of all times, Master Renzo Gracie.

Professor Marcio stated after the class: What a great day! On every opportunity I have on the mats with Master Renzo I learn so much! Tomorrow I will teach our BJJ for MMA class and share a bit of what I learned about MMA guard defense with the class.

Here is a nice picture taken at Renzo’s visit. From left to right Kayron Gracie, Renzo Gracie and Marcio Feitosa.

Gracie Barra Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu lessons at home!

Gracie Barra Fundamentals DVD Now Available!

The Official Gracie Barra Fundamentals Curriculum developed by Master Carlos Gracie Jr. and taught at all Gracie Barra Premium Schools worldwide is now available for you to study at home. The fundamental program is said to be Gracie Barra’s secret to being the most prestigious, traditional, and respected Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu School in the world!

The content of this curriculum is the same techniques taught in our fundamental classes and is the build blocks of what makes Gracie Barra the #1 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competition team time and time again! This 4 DVD set also includes the curriculum booklet for you to track and follow up with the techniques of the week.

There is also an interview where Master Carlos shares with us the history of the Gracie family, the origins of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and the path to build Gracie Barra’s future.

Quote: “You can not teach a man anything. You can only help him discover it within himself.” Galileu

BRAULIO ESTIMA – 2009 ADCC Champ Seminar Price change

BRAULIO ESTIMA – 2009 ADCC Champ Seminar Price change

Just a reminder there is a great seminar planned at GB Huntington Beach. They will have ADDC Champion Braulio Estima on February 5 at 6pm.

All students from any school may come and attend.This is a great opportunity to improve your game.  Braulio Estima is a black belt from Gracie Barra in England and has won many titles. Dont miss out on this special event.

17425 Beach Blvd. Huntington Beach 92647Fees: $50 for Gracie Barra students before Jan. 31st. After 31st-$75.

-Students from any other school before Jan 31st.-$100. After Jan 31st-$150

KIDS PAN AMS – FEBRUARY 27

UPCOMING EVENTS:
PAN KIDS JIU-JITSU CHAMPIONSHIP 2010
The tournament will take place on February 27th in California State University Dominguez Hills, Carson – California.

Click here for Registration and Info

BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU & JUDO FOR TEENS

ATTENTION ALL TEENAGERS (OR IF YOU CAN PASS FOR A TEENAGER)

JOIN US FRIDAYS STARTING THIS WEEK – JANUARY 15
5:00-6:30PM
CLASS WITH SENSEI ANA and SENSEI TOM

 

WOMEN AND BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU

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OUR NEW WOMEN’S SELF DEFENSE PROGRAM “KNOW MEANS NO” HAS BEEN A LOT OF FUN AND A GREAT WORKOUT WHILE LEARNING THE PRACTICAL KNOWLEDGE OF BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU.

PLEASE JOIN US – The Next Class is January 31 2-4pm

February Dates : 7th & 21st

The women are learning some great self defense and loving jiu-jitsu!

Thank you so much to Cip, Nicole, Gerry, AJ, and Kendall for assisting.

 

2010 Message from Master Carlos Gracie Jr.


“At the heart of the Gracie Barra Family’s extraordinary success over the years is our strong philosophy and mission as a group, a foundation which our masters laid many years ago, but is constantly being reinforced by the great people that make our community. Jiu-Jitsu is a beautiful art, and we have a vision of how it should be taught as a means for individual development going beyond the competitive realm. To achieve this vision, we must remember to come together as a family, always putting the team in front of (the) individual. For that, we will fight to the end for what we believe is right”  GracieMag Jan 2010

 

Jiu-Jitsu offers a unique opportunity to progress as individuals on many levels. Physical training alone affords us a number of transformational qualities, among them are sheer athleticism, confidence in facing fear, and an intimate relationship to our own movements to name a few. However, in jiu-jitsu these personal feats are not accomplished alone.

In Brazilian jiu-jitsu training, we hold the principle of unity as our constant intention. As individuals we are challenged and many times succeed far beyond expectation. More importantly, we develop as a group, school, team, sport as a whole. This experience of unity that we learn in our training is something to treasure dearly in our era. It is rare and a much needed quality in our modern families, communities, governments, and businesses.

We do not always put these experiences into words but as practitioners, we carry them with us.  Training teaches us how to fight with ourselves and each other. It translates well as a metaphor for the daily grappling we encounter in the experience of being human. When we have felt the unity that Master Carlos speaks about, we understand the ultimate in community leadership and have a clear sense of what the original masters hoped for us.

The Gracie Way – Striving for excellence

The application of traditional Gracie Jiu-Jitsu transcends the application of chokes, joint locks, immobilizations, throws, and strikes. Gracie Jiu-Jitsu is a way of life. Beyond the mat, members of the Gracie family live balanced, healthy lives based on the same philosophy that governs their unique self-defense system. Grand Masters Carlos and Helio Gracie believed that the principles of efficiency, patience, and control held the key to success in all aspects of life.

Efficiency

Efficiency, the ability to achieve maximum output with minimum input, is a core principle of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. At the Gracie Academy, we assume that your attacker will always be larger and more athletic than you. Our students quickly learn that the only reliable way to succeed is to exhaust your attacker while conserving your own energy through the use of leverage-based techniques and natural body movements. In life, as in a fight, a student who learns to expend energy efficiently will achieve maximum results with minimal effort. For example,

  • Eating healthily is Gracie Jiu-Jitsu
  • Being honest/respectful to others is Gracie Jiu-Jitsu
  • Being a hardworking/morally correct business person is Gracie Jiu-Jitsu

All of these are examples of ways to achieve maximum results with minimum effort.

Patience

Patience is often the key to success in a struggle against a larger opponent. Usually, it is not the person who attacks the most, but the one who exhausts the least who will win. Acting impulsively, aggressively, or without focus wastes energy. Patience also applies to timing. Even a perfectly executed technique will fail if attempted at the wrong time. In life, too, patience and timing enable you to “make your own luck” by calmly watching and waiting until the right moment when you can apply your energy most efficiently.

  • Being patient with your friends and loved ones, as well as your enemies, is Gracie Jiu-Jitsu
  • Allowing impulses to pass before acting is Gracie Jiu-Jitsu
  • Taking a deep breath and considering all alternatives before committing is Gracie Jiu-Jitsu

Patience and timing allow you to know when to commit while efficiency ensures that you have sufficient energy to achieve your objective when the time is right for action.

Control

The final objective in a fight is to impose your will on your opponent. Nothing achieves this more quickly than physical domination after which surrender usually follows. Physical domination means controlling your opponent. Without control, you risk losing the fight. In life, control applies not only to a simple contest between you and an opponent, but also to the struggle within yourself. Self-control reflects your personal discipline and is the foundation for every decision you make in life. Without self-control, you risk a lifetime of poor choices that invariably lead to tragic consequences.

  • Refraining from using drugs or alcohol is Gracie Jiu-Jitsu
  • Choosing healthy, nutritious food over junk food is Gracie Jiu-Jitsu
  • Having the discipline to engage in regular exercise and rest is Gracie Jiu-Jitsu

The Gracie Triangle

The Gracie Triangle, the widely recognized symbol of the Gracie Academy, has evolved over the years. Today, it appears on the storefront of every martial arts school that is committed to teaching the techniques and philosophy of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in its purest form. The triangle represents the stable base possessed by a Gracie Jiu-jitsu master. Regardless of which side it rests on, the Gracie Triangle always has a strong base. The three sides represent the mind, body, and spirit – the three components of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu mastery. The slight inclination near the top of the triangle forms the letter “G” for Gracie. The two fighters on the inside represent all the practitioners of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu who seek to master themselves in mind, body, and spirit – on and off the mat.

from gracieacademy.com