June 18, 2020
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With so much unrest throughout the country, the United States citizens and leaders are calling reform in police departments across the nation. The Marietta Police Department is taking steps to make some sort of change in Marietta, Georgia.

The department announced on their website that Brazilian Jiu Jitsu will now be a mandatory class for all officers affiliated with their department. With the murder of George Floyd in Minnesota by a police officer, change has been demanded from United States citizens by police departments. The Marietta Police Department believes that ignorance is no excuse and will be taking measures to change that in their community.

The police department is aiming to have officers stop using punches and instead incorporate grappling to subdue anyone under attest.

The MPD has already graduated seven cadets in the program on September 27th. Now, cadets are required to take one Jiu Jitsu class a week until they reach solo status. The MPD estimates that will be approximately five months of training on average.

Marietta Police Department also states that while this won’t replace current training the officers receive, it will be an additional tool they will have.

Marietta Police Department Trying New Approach
While the opinion on training officers in Jiu Jitsu is mixed, the MPD is taking a chance and taking proactive steps to make a change in how their department views social justice.

The department received training from Humberto “Beto” Borges in their September graduating class.

On the Gracie Breakdown, the YouTube channel of the Gracie family, they dive into a 30 minute conversation on why they believe Brazilian Jiu Jitsu would be a great fit for police officers. Watch that video below.


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The first week of our online training format was a huge success thanks to the undying support of our @graciebarradownersgrove
& @graciebarraenaperville
family. The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive and encouraging.
Let’s keep the energy up as we roll into week 2. Keep sending your awesome pictures too. They keep us inspired and motivated.
Join us again in our effort to stay healthy and active during these challenging times. We need it more than ever.
Classes are streamed live via our private Facebook group, GB Downers Grove & East Naperville Members and Parents
Monday-Friday 11:00AM, 5:30PM & 6:30PM for the rest of the week.
If you are a member of these schools and are not yet part of the group, please let us know so that we may add you.
As a @graciebarra member, you now also have access to hundreds of Jiu-Jiutsu instructional videos, live streams and other valuable resources through the GB Online website.
Here is how to get your online access, and the schools will fully sponsor access to several online courses worth hundreds of dollars. This is an offer to all our active members supporting us with flattening the curve:
  • We will open access once we receive your signup information
We cannot express our gratitude enough for your continued support during this lockdown. Keeping your membership active helps ensure that we will all have a school to go back to when this crisis is over. It also helps us continue to provide you with quality service. We will get through this together.
Coming soon: A new exciting 100% interactive platform and a live talk show featuring all of our instructors with a live question and answer portion.
Let us know if you have any questions.
Thank you!

Gracie Barra East Naperville serving Naperville, Lisle, Bolingbrook, and surrounding communities

For a free trial lesson call us at : (331) 444-2154


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?️Gracie Barra East Naperville and Gracie Barra Downers Grove held a jiu-jitsu workshop with the students of Avery Coonley School’s Heritage Festival! Coach Andrew had an amazing time serving their community!
Thanks Avery Cooley school and coach Andy Wang
Contact us at info@gbdownersgrove.com for information about booking a Jiu-Jitsu workshop for your next event.

 

Gracie Barra East Naperville serving Naperville, Lisle, Bolingbrook, and surrounding communities

For a free trial lesson call us at : (331) 444-2154


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?️?️This Saturday! Gracie Barra East Naperville Grand Opening?️?️
Featuring 4x World Champion, Professor Carlos Lemos Jr. and other world-class GB professors from all over the Midwest.
Join us for a few hours of free martial arts clinics, refreshments and brotherhood to officially welcome newest Gracie Barra school in the Chicagoland area.
2801 Ogden Ave, Lisle, IL 60532
11am-1pm
Ask our staff for more information
See you there!

 

Gracie Barra East Naperville serving Naperville, Lisle, Bolingbrook, and surrounding communities

For a free trial lesson call us at : (331) 444-2154


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?️Reminder:
Our next GB Chicagoland Training Day for Kids is this Friday
02/28 at 6:15 PM
at Gracie Barra Downers Grove.
Minimum donation of $20 goes towards the GB Chicagoland Ambassadors Program.
Help get your kids ready for the competition season. See you there!
Please note that we will have a shortened Study Hall, 5:30-6:15 PM due to this event.
Talk to one of our staff members if you have any questions.

 

Gracie Barra East Naperville serving Naperville, Lisle, Bolingbrook, and surrounding communities

For a free trial lesson call us at : (331) 444-2154


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Now that the storm of awesomeness of the @gbexperience winter camp 2020 has passed I can talk a little bit about the surprise that prof @draculinojj set up for the last day of camp. After talking to Master Carlos Gracie Jr, following his endorsement and blessing prof @draculinojj one of the GB strong pillars and heroes wrapped the 5th degree on my Black belt.
This 5th degree came after over 27 years of @graciebarra from which 19 years serving my GB family as a black belt.
This surprise totally@caught me off guard. Many of my students and best friends were there with their families, including my kids Akemi and Kenzo who are part of the continuation of Master Carlos’ dream and legacy.
I would like to thank Master Carlos for this great honor and prof @draculinojj for taking the initiative making this possible. This 5th degree doesn’t come close to the contributions you poured into the GB family but the reassurance of my service to our community and cause. Obrigado Mestre Carlos, obrigado prof @draculinojj, obrigado Gracie Barra e obrigado a todos que acreditam em meu trabalho.
~Carlos Lemos Jr.

 

Gracie Barra East Naperville serving Naperville, Lisle, Bolingbrook, and surrounding communities

For a free trial lesson call us at : (331) 444-2154