New Member Information
Thank you for choosing Gracie Barra Edmonton. Please review our new member information document below.
- What is Gracie Barra Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?
- Code of Conduct
- Hygiene for Gracie Barra at Gracie Barra Edmonton
- Gracie Barra Training Etiquette
- The Founder
- Our Method
What is Gracie Barra Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?
The benefits of Gracie Barra Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu are far reaching and will touch every aspect of your life. At Gracie Barra, our students become leaders. Gracie Barra nurtures your independent thinking, supports your fighting spirit, and helps you achieve your personal BJJ goals.
Through GB BJJ, you will begin to understand yourself, on and off the mats, in ways you never imagined. You will test your limits and become the best you can be. GB respects that each student has their own goals and we support you in reaching them. The more you train, the better you will become and the more completely you will reach your true potential in life.
GB BJJ is for anyone who wants to learn how to defend him or herself in combat. What most people don’t know, is that GB BJJ will also allow you to apply those same principles to fighting the daily battles of life, like weight loss, stress, relationship issues, and self-confidence. You will learn how to think through problems more constructively than before, on and off the mats.
At GB, you are a part of an extended family. You will join a team that will support you in your quest for self-improvement. Training the techniques and participating in live training sessions, with your partners and coaches, will give you an arsenal of weapons at your disposal whenever you should need them. The more you train, the more you will arm yourself with knowledge and skills to fight all your battles in life like a black belt.
Code of Conduct
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 strengthening and the growth of 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 a competitive opponent, but rather reflected on their capacity to engage on a cooperative training experience where 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 lifelong 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 instructors’ life 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.
Hygiene for Gracie Barra at Gracie Barra Edmonton
It is very important to always maintain proper hygiene for each and every class.
The largest issue is, of course, infection. Infections are essentially bacteria run rampant. And nothing allows bacteria growth like lots of human sweat and oil. A simple rule to follow: ALWAYS WASH YOU GI! A sweaty gi is a germ farm in the making. This means to wash all your equipment which includes: gi’s, belt, rash guards, ankle guards, knee pads etc. Remember even if you consider yourself clean, you gi has been exposed to the sweat gathered on the mat from you and all of your teammates.
A common infection is Staphylococcus Aureus, which can cause a range of skin illnesses like a few pimples to bacteremia and sepsis. It can remain viable on dry surfaces, survives even longer on wet surfaces, by the easiest method of transmission is from skin to skin. So it’s fairly obvious how this can relate to jiu-jitsu. Another common problem is ringworm. If you have a ring-shaped rash this is a sign of ringworm and should be checked with a doctor.
A true martial artist does not go into class with the intention of hurting his teammate and putting him (or her) on the sidelines. This can be done not just through injury, but infection. On the low end it can be an inconvenience, on the other it can result in a trip to the hospital. Personal responsibility should be practiced by all members of a jiu-jitsu school to avoid spreading infection to ones’ teammates. Any team member who knows they have or could have an infection cannot return to the mat until they are no longer contagious.
Our equipment is only one side of the equation. The other side is a person’s body. The simplest rules apply. Do what you would expect (or at the very least, prefer) you teammates to do. Shower between training sessions. If not just to reduce the risk of transmitting infection as discussed above, but to be courteous and respectful to fellow teammates. Nobody wants to roll or drill with the person who smells of body odor. For children and adults who occasionally cannot shower right after practice, all exposed skin must be washed as soon as possible (face, hands, feet and especially any skin abrasions).
And finally before training, one should also ensure that finger and toe nails are clipped short. Long nails can scratch opponents and be irritating, and could lead to more serious problems.
Our school and our students go through every step to elinimate these problems however they are still common in our sport. It is very important to realize this and not be embarrassed to ask your instructor, teammates or doctors if you have any signs.
Gracie Barra Training Etiquette
- Bow to Carlos Gracie Sr. when you enter the training area
- Bow to Carlos Gracie Sr. when you exit the training area
- Keep a respectful posture in the training area
- Classes begin with a formal bow to the instructor, with students lining up in descending grade order
- Classes end with a formal bow to the picture of Grand Master Carlos Gracie Senior, and then to the instructor.
- All students must line up with the attendance card in hand at the beginning of the class
- During class, when the instructor is demonstrating the techniques, every student must sit or stand in good posture
- If you are late for class sit by the side of the training area and wait for the permission from the Professor
- If you need to leave the mat or leave earlier you must ask permission from the Professor
- Bow to your partner before and after practice
- Talking should be kept to a minimum level and should relate to the class subject
- Absolutely no foul language inside the school
- Keep fingernails and toenails short for everyone’s safety
- All students, Instructors, Professors, and visitors must wear the official Gracie Barra uniform. The uniform pants and top must be the same color.
- It is mandatory to wear the official Gracie Barra black rash guard or Gracie Barra training shirt underneath the kimono
- It is mandatory to have underwear underneath the gi pants
- For No Gi Classes, students must wear a Gracie Barra black boardshort (or black short) as well as Gracie Barra Black Rash Guard or Graice Barra training shirt
- The uniform must be clean at all times. A dirty uniform is a sign of disrespect
- The uniform must be worn at all times
- When tying the uniform, students must face the edge of the mats
- The belt represents your progress. Keep it on
- Refer to no black-belt instructors as “Coaches”
- Refer to black-belt instructors as “Professors” and to Carlos Gracie Jr. as “Master”
- All metal objects, jewelry, piercing, necklaces and other items should be removed
- No shoes, food or drink on the mat
- No cell phones in the training area
- All students and Instructors must wear shoes when walking outside of the training area
Master Carlos Gracie Jr.
Carlos Gracie Jr. was born January 17, 1956 and grew up heavily influenced by his family of fighters. In close synch with the life philosophy and teachings of his father Carlos Gracie Sr., Carlinhos – as he’s known to friends and family – grew up observing and learning from some of the most influential figures his family has every produced: Carlos, Helio and Rolls.
The most significant years of his childhood and early teenage years were spent in the mountains of Rio de Janeiro at the legendary Teresópolis House – a sprawling ranch with numerous rooms where most of Carlos and Helio’s sons lived and trained together for many years. There, Carlos Gracie Jr. learned to live in a community in which all members need to get along, share, and learn from one another – a dynamic that seems to have become an ideal for him. In many ways, Master Carlos seems to be replicating that communal setting in a larger scale today – the same environment that nurtured his personal development at the old Teresópolis House. There are those who even attribute the tremendous success he has had in an array of different fields to being the outcome of that philosophy.
From one school to 300 schools.
In 1986, Carlos Gracie Jr. founded the first Gracie Barra school, in the city of Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro. From that one location he created the most expansive BJJ organization there is, with offices in the USA, Brazil, Australia and Europe and around 300 schools spanning the world.
He created a structure that could protect the Gracie Barra banner while still offering support to instructors and school owners, to create career opportunities via certification programs and professional training. The aim of the schools is to help their communities by offering Jiu-Jitsu for everyone.
Gracie Barra’s reputation drew international attention, and Master Carlos created opportunities for hundreds of people to travel abroad and begin internation careers. In 2005 Carlos founded his own school outside Brazil, the Gracie Barra US headquarters, located in the city of Irvine, California. One year later, he founded GB Wear.
His goal now is to bring Jiu-Jitsu to everyone, and he will accomplish that by establishing a school in every city in the world.
With GB’s worldwide expansion the need for wearable uniformity of high quality and consistency between schools became imperative. Morever, Master Carlos Jr.’s teaching methods and philosophy had to be replicated, with the same training experience provided at each school. Without the wearable division, that could not happen. The creation of a wearables division was a must in the grand scheme of Carlos’ plans, and in 2002 in Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro, the seeds of GB wear was planted.
“At Gracie Barra we believe that what we wear identifies us as a group and shows what we stand for.” Building on that assumption, Master Carlos Gracie Jr. decided to recruit staff from within his school to take up the challenge, entrusting his students to lead and manage the project. With major ideals and a cutting edge concept, GB Wear started out producing just 50 t-shirts packaged in plastic bags.
Also confident that how and when we wear it provides others with shorthand to subtly read what we are about, albeit superficially, GB Wear became an important pillar in the GB Association’s Premium School project to accomplish Master Carlos Gracie Jr.’s vision of building on GB School in each city in the world. An important company milestone came when the innovative rash guard and the “uniform” concept was implemented in Gracie Barra in 2003, setting new standards for the entire Brazilian Jiu Jitsu community.
Today, GB Wear has five international teams working to support schools, professors, students, and GB entities throughout the process of producing and distributing high quality gear and instructional products.
GB Wear currently has regional divisions representing North America, Central America, South America, Oceania and Europe. Some of the students closest to Master Carlos live in these areas, managing the regional offices and working with local schools on a daily basis.
GB Wear is constantly promoting and supporting BJJ projects around the globe, by donating gis and uniforms to outreach projects in Bahia and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, school projects in California, and surf projects in Guatemala.
At Gracie Barra American we strive to help students get themost out of their training. For students with consistency and dedication, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu becomes a life-style and students can readily enjoy all the benefits of the Jiu-Jitsu or the “Gentle Art”.
Working from the assumption that Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu must be embraced as a lifelong journey, Master Carlos Gracie Jr. has designed an effective learning plan or program of study that allows for students to naturally progress from the white belt to the black belt. Thus, classes and their respective curriculum at gracie Barra America are not isolated from on another, but elements of a larger structured learning plan called “Programs”.
Gracie Barra Programs are Comprised of Six (6) Main Elements:
Curriculums: Set of coordinated techniques organized in the best possible way to facilitate students’ learning processes. All Gracie Barra curriculums are 16 weeks
Pre-requisite: The minimum level a student must possess or have accomplished in order to enroll in a specific program
Class: The defined period of time during which the student learns the techniques that comprise the curricula using several different training methods or appropriate instructional techniques
Training Methods: Specific drills and training practices designed to convert the knowledge represented in the curricula and taught by the instructor into knowledge and skills, insuring that the student is able to apply their knowledge and techniques under real circumstances (or under authentic conditions)
Minimum Attendance: Minimum attendance required from the student so he or she can progres and be updated with the GB Curriculums
Belt System: Hierarchal rank structure designed to represent students’ progress, according to their own potential. The International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) ranking system is used for all Gracie Barra Programs.
All Gracie Barra students have the dream of becoming a black belt. However, this is not an easy goal and a lot of consistency and dedication is required. To fulfill the promise of facilitating students’ learning, Gracie Barra Programs are structured logically to keep students motivated to learn, practice and perform.
A typical Gracie Barra student starts with an introductory class, where he or she will learn the overall self-defense strategy of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and afterwards enroll in the Gracie Barra Fundamentals Program. After four (4) months of training and learning all the techniques comprising the Fundamental’s curriculum, the student will be recommended to join the Gracie Barra Advanced Program. With eight (8) months of training and experience, the student will have the maturity level and enough knowledge to enroll ont he Gracie Barra Black Belt Program. It is in the Gracie Barra Black Belt Program where he or she will be exposed to all kinds of training dynamics, including MMA, BJJ No-Gi and high level BJJ-Gi, so that the student develops his or her own Jiu-Jitsu game, strategy and technique(s).
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a beautiful art and everyone is capable of learning it and enjoying its many benefits. Grace Barra Programs reflect more than thirty (30) years of Master Carlos Gracie’s teaching experience and have succeeded in improving the life quality, self-esteem, discipline and health of thousands of individuals around the world, as well as building some of the best BJJ fighters every known.