Our School

To train body, mind and spirit through the highest level of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instruction as a vehicle for individual development and the strengthening of the family spirit, going beyond the 'winning-losing' or 'contest' philosophy.

When asked, “What does Gracie Barra mean to you?” All of our students would have the same answer: A family. That is not fortuity. It is rather the result of life works of extraordinary individuals like count Mitsuyo Maeda, Carlos Gracie Sr., Rolls Gracie, Carlos Gracie Jr., Marcio “Mamazinho” Lauder, and people like us who are dedicating their lives to the realization of their dreams and to the continuity of their legacies.


We at GB Ballard invite you to come in and check out our school. Anyone can benefit from Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and our student base is comprised of individuals of all ages, gender and backgrounds. All levels of experience and fitness are welcome – whether you’re looking to get into shape, build confidence, learn self defense or improve your BJJ and MMA skills, we offer a safe, friendly environment and excellent instruction tailored to the specific needs of the class.




Master Carlos Gracie Jr. believes that making winning the ultimate goal is not a proper way of teaching. The greatest victories at Gracie Barra were always a consequence of the process, and embracing the training as a method through which one could best test their personal limits. Losses, which helped us to evolve into better athletes and competitors, were not perceived as failures. Instead, Master Gracie believed that these lessons should leave our self respect intact, as different facets of the competition are wholly out of our control: the talent and experience of the other athletes, errors by referees, injuries, and bad luck. As a result, he could always accept physical errors but not mental ones: our preparation, planning, attention to detail, and the development of discipline and willpower were always seen as the top priority in the training process.


Inside the school, Master Carlos Gracie Jr. did not limit his teaching to techniques, but also, taught us character. Early on in our training, he instilled us an understanding that the fundamentals for good jiu-jitsu were fundamentals of a good character. Without honesty, integrity, discipline and unselfish acts, one would never become the great athlete he or she envisioned. As Professor Carlos always taught us, if you want to truly know someone, pay attention to them as they fight. When one is engaged in struggle or combat, they cannot hide their true personality.


Gracie Barra’s success throughout the years has meant that any other team has typically sees us as a major rival. While getting to the top is difficult, staying there or near there for many years running is an even bigger challenge. Therefore, it takes a special group of people to handle that pressure. Still, our team has always been ready to deal with those expectations because of the manner in which Master Gracie conducts the training and the philosophy at the school, building not only our techniques but more importantly, the self-confidence giving us a mental edge. He achieves this through positive reinforcement rather than pressure as a tool to influence behavior. The result? Win or lose, he has created a group of athletes who feel a deep sense of loyalty and commitment to him and the Gracie Barra family.


Master Carlos Gracie Jr. was never the type of coach that would put pressure on you at every tournament, screaming from the sidelines. Instead, his lessons are felt each day, slowly growing on you, where you feel it constantly, in every aspect of your being. The true guidance he provides is in realizing that success in Jiu-Jitsu must be an extension of one’s life, and that building confidence and a commitment to excellence must be cultivated over time. Therefore, his method of building champions was not through last minute quotes providing superficial motivation. Rather, the athletes at our school learned that becoming a champion on and off the mat takes time, hard work, and dedication earned and built over the years.


Competition was always a very serious subject, but Master Carlos Gracie Jr. always described it as a test of our mindset and maturity. Therefore, the conversations never revolved around opponents but were seen as a fight against ourselves in our quest for self-mastery. Going into the tournament, our thoughts were always the same: to trust in our abilities and that our technique could take the initiative away from our opponents. inspired us to believe in ourselves and our abilities, and to impose our will upon our opponents, not reacting to them.


Because Master Carlos Gracie Jr. believes in us, he is always able to make us feel like we are unstoppable. Even in defeat, he looks upon us not with scorn, but always shows how proud he is for your efforts “on the battlefield.” He makes you understand how much respect he has for the way you fight. This is why whenever you see an athlete competing, carrying the Gracie Barra flag on his “armor,” you will see one who is filled with an overwhelming sense of pride for the legacy and heritage we share.


Today, I am very grateful to Professor Carlos, not only for being a teacher, but also for having been a great Master, father and best friend. Therefore, it is not medals or trophies which inspire me – it is the lessons I have learned from Professor Carlos which give me strength and courage. I will never let him down.


~ GB Disciple

GB Family – is a global organization formed by more than 100 BJJ schools. The mission of each of our schools is to train the body, mind and spirit through the highest level of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instruction as a means for individual development and the strengthening of the family spirit – going beyond the competitive realm. Inside the GB Family, the famous martial arts principle of maximum efficiency minimum is not restricted to a general principle behind the practice of self defense techniques, but serves as a moral beacon that guides the behavior of each and every Gracie Barra Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner – instructors and their students.


Since inception, the GB Family has been in constant growth. Under the leadership of Master Carlos Gracie Jr., Gracie Barra has evolved from one small school at the suburb of Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro, to more then one hundred schools all around the globe, forming a community of thousands of individuals in the five continents.


This growth and change, however, has not undermined our core values that lay at the foundation of our success:


Brotherhood: Above all, Gracie Barra is a family. Its members are proud of being a key part of a successful team that has being able to create something much bigger than themselves.


Cooperation: Inside a Gracie Barra BJJ School Dojo, there are no opponents. There are only training partners – “Uke”) – engaged in a cooperative learning experience aimed to make each other better not only as BJJ practitioners but as human beings.


Discipline: To excel on any endeavor, discipline is essential. It couldn’t be different with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. At Gracie Barra BJJ Schools the discipline of training and the willingness to sacrifice for higher achievements is reinforced in and outside the Dojo.


Respect: Inside Gracie Barra all people must act with warmth and equality toward one another, regardless of differences in race, creed, nationality, etc. Respect for the hierarchy of the ranks is also very strong and the authority of a Black Belt is truly recognized.


If you identify with the values that we live by and have plans to start a BJJ School or Program, or are already part of the BJJ community, Be Part of the GB Family (link to the second item of the menu).


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  1. Bow to the center of the mat when you enter.
  2. Bow to the center of the mat when you exit.
  3. Keep a respectful posture on the dojo.
  4. Classes begin with a formal bow to the instructor with students lining up in descending grade order.
  5. Classes end with a formal bow to the instructor and then to the picture of Carlos Gracie Senior.
  6. During Class, when the instructor is demonstrating the techniques, every student must sit in seize.
  7. For safety reasons, if you are late sit by the side of the mat and wait for the permission from the Professor.
  8. For safety reasons, if you need to leave the mat or leave earlier you must ask permission from the Professor.
  9. Bow to your partner before and after practice.
  10. Talking should be kept to a minimum level and should relate to the class subject.
  11. Absolutely no foul language inside the school.
  12. Do not belch inside the dojo.
  13. Keep finger and toe nails short for everyones safety.
  14. All students must wear the official Gracie Barra uniform. The uniform pants and top must be the same color.
  15. It is mandatory to wear a t-shirt or rash guard underneath the Kimono.
  16. The Kimono must be washed at least once a weekly. A dirty kimono is a sign of disrespect.
  17. The Kimono must be worn at all times.
  18. When tying the Kimono, face the wall.
  19. The belt is represents your progress. Keep it on.
  20. Refer to Black-Belt Instructors as “Professor” and to Carlos Gracie Jr. as “Master”.
  21. All metal objects, jewelry, piercing, neckless or other such items should be removed.
  22. No shoes, food or drink on the mat.
  23. No Cell Phones in the dojo area.

Brotherhood: GB Instructors shall reinforce the family spirit among students, parents, and other instructors. Their attitude must always be positive and cooperative in order to channel their creative energy towards the strengthen and the growth our family, always putting the team in front of individual selfish needs.


Cooperation: GB Instructors shall nurture and reinforce a cooperative environment inside and outside the dojo. They must ensure that the competitive realm is restricted to tournaments as well as the competitor attitude. They must make the students understand that progress is not reflected on their ability to overcome a training partner or an competitive opponent, but rather reflected on their capacity to engage on a cooperative training experience were the winner is whoever learns more.


Discipline: GB Instructors shall constantly discipline the students and never punish them. They must make students understand that without discipline there is no mastery, neither in jiu-jitsu nor in life, and that without the willingness to sacrifice, excellence is just not possible.


Respect: GB Instructors shall reinforce that students must act with warmth and equally toward one another, regardless of their differences in race, creed, gender, nationality, etc. The belt ranks hierarchy must be respected and the authority of the black belt sincerely recognized.


Continuous Improvement and Growth: GB Instructors shall reinforce that Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a life long journey with no ending point. Students must perceive the Black Belt as their minimum goal and that their progress represents an increasing commitment to their growth as BJJ practitioners and human beings.


Leadership: GB Instructors shall lead by example, kindness and care. The formal authority shall always and ever be supported by their moral authority built upon a positive, cooperative, and constructive attitude towards the students and other instructors.


Inspiration: GB Instructors shall understand their importance on students lives as role models, as well as their responsibility in bringing out the best each person has within.


Enjoyment: GB Instructors shall teach a class as a privilege and never take it as a burden. Each class is the realization of a dream, the instructor life’s work. They must enjoy every minute of it and teach like it was going to be their last opportunity to change students lives for better.

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