About Gracie Barra Carrollton
Gracie Barra Carrollton is the newest Gracie Barra Brazilian jiu-jitsu school. It joins a legacy of over 400 Gracie Barra Brazilian jiu-jitsu schools worldwide. We are very excited to bring this amazing martial art to Carrollton, TX and the surrounding areas.
Gracie Barra Carrollton provides Brazilian jiu-jitsu instruction in a structured martial arts environment, following the Gracie Barra Code of Conduct and Gracie Barra Etiquette. Our school provides Brazilian jiu-jitsu programs, which are fit for students of all different knowledge levels.
We offer both private and group classes that focus on character growth and self improvement, and we believe that the techniques and values learned in our programs can better your life, on and off the mats.
Gracie Barra Philosophy – A testimonial of a disciple
Master Carlos Gracie Jr. believes that proper teaching does not make winning the ultimate goal. The greatest victories at Gracie Barra are always a consequence of the process and of embracing training as the best method through which one can test their personal limits.
Losing helps us to evolve into better athletes and competitors and should not be perceived as failure. Instead, Master Gracie believes these lessons should leave our self-respect intact as different facets of competition are wholly out of our control: the talent and experience of the other athletes, errors by referees, injuries and bad luck.
Because of this, he accepts physical errors but not mental ones. Our preparation, planning, attention to detail and the development of discipline and willpower are always seen as the top priority in the training process.
Inside the school, Master Carlos Gracie Jr. doesn’t limit his teaching to techniques, but also forming character. From the beginning he instills us with the understanding that the fundamentals for good Jiu-Jitsu are also fundamentals of good character. Without honesty, integrity, discipline and unselfish acts, one cannot become the great athlete he or she strives to be. As Master Carlos teaches 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 means other teams typically see us as a major rival. While getting to the top is difficult, staying there or near there over time is an even bigger challenge. It takes a special group of people to handle that pressure. Still, our team is always ready to deal with the expectations because of the manner in which Master Gracie conducts training. His teaching philosophy is also notable. He focuses on building not only our techniques but, more importantly, our self-confidence, giving us a mental edge. He achieves this by using positive reinforcement as a tool to influence behavior rather than pressure. The result? Win or lose, he creates a group of athletes who feel a deep sense of loyalty and commitment to him and the Gracie Barra family.
Master Carlos Gracie Jr. isn’t the type of instructor that would pressure 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.
His method of building champions is not through last minute speeches providing superficial motivation. The athletes and instructors at our school learn that becoming a champion on and off the mat takes time, hard work and dedication built over the years.
Competition is always a very serious subject, but Master Carlos Gracie Jr. describes it as a test of our mindset and maturity. Conversations about matches never revolve around opponents but are seen as a fight against ourselves in our quest for self-mastery.
Going into a tournament, our thoughts are always the same: to trust in our abilities and our techniques. He inspires us to believe in ourselves and our skills 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 we are unstoppable. Even in defeat, he looks upon us not with scorn, but always shows how proud he is of our efforts “on the battlefield.” He makes you understand how much respect he has for the way you fight.
This is why when you see an athlete bearing the Gracie Barra shield on his uniform you see a competitor who is filled with an overwhelming sense of pride for the legacy and heritage we share.
Today, I am very grateful to Master Carlos, not only for being a GB instructor, but also for having been a great Master, father figure and best friend. It is not medals or trophies which inspire me – it is the lessons I have learned from him which give me strength and courage. I will never let him down.
At Gracie Barra America we strive to help students get the most out of their training. For students with consistency and dedication, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu becomes a lifestyle 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 one 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 progress and be updated with the GB Curriculums;
- Belt System: Hierarchical 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 on the 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. Gracie 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 ever known.
Gracie Barra is more than a school. It is more than a way of teaching and learning Jiu-Jitsu. It is more than a business. It is a family of dedicated individuals who all come together to form the worldwide network of Gracie Barra. This network thrives on a culture that reflects the values of Gracie Barra, and these values guide our decisions and lead us to a stronger future.
Three Core Values in the Culture of Gracie Barra
The success of Gracie Barra as a worldwide organization relies on the cooperative strengths of all who represent the network. Three core values are at the heart of our culture. They include:
- Brotherhood – We fight for each other, not with each other. Our team works together in all aspects, from supporting each other as athletes to supporting each other as school owners and instructors. When our students attend competitions as representatives of Gracie Barra, they should feel that they are a part of the brotherhood of our organization. When our instructors reach out to each other for advice and to learn more about pursuing goals as a school, they should be met with a true sense of teamwork.
- Expansion – Gracie Barra was begun decades ago by Master Carlos Gracie Jr. with a vision for Jiu-Jitsu for Everyone. In order to make this happen, Gracie Barra continually expands and grows, all while upholding the core values and beliefs of the organization with the utmost respect. It is our consistent goal to make Jiu-Jitsu available for everyone around the world. We firmly believe that through Jiu-Jitsu we can make our communities stronger and give opportunities to people who might otherwise not have them.
- Integrity – Through our expanding organization we approach all our goals with integrity. You can see this integrity in how are students are taught, how we exemplify sportsmanship, how we present ourselves in our community, and how we support our teachers throughout the organization. Our legacy is built on a network of generations, and we are always striving to make the next generation even better. We are keeping our legacy alive.
How we approach these three core values on all levels of the organization help to either make the organization thrive or struggle. It is not just up to upper level management on a global scale to make sure these values of brotherhood, expansion, and integrity are upheld. Every school and every instructor plays a vital role in keeping Gracie Barra on the continued path to success – the continued path to ensuring that we can provide Jiu-Jitsu for Everyone.
Threats to Our Core Values
In order to understand the importance of our core values, we need to understand what threatens the success of Gracie Barra. Instructors who are passionate about Jiu-Jitsu and have a track record of leading students to success on the mats can still threaten the undercurrent of our values. The following are just some examples of how even passionate instructors pose risks to the continued success of Gracie Barra.
- The instructor is not willing to make personal sacrifices in order to further the message and opportunities of Gracie Barra.
- The instructor does not reinforce the importance among his students of wearing the Gracie Barra uniform and Red Shield.
- The instructor succumbs to the allure of sponsorships to the extent that the Red Shield of Gracie Barra is no longer the central symbol of that instructor, school, or athlete.
- The instructor strays from the methods and techniques long-tested in Gracie Barra.
These instances that threaten Gracie Barra are usually examples of individuals who seek short-term benefits and lose sight of the long-term goals of the organization. If instructors and schools cannot uphold the core values of Gracie Barra and take precautions to minimize the types of threats listed in the previous examples, Gracie Barra as an organization can no longer support that school. We cannot afford to allow negative influences to threaten the positive work and energy put forth over decades for the good of the organization as a whole.
What is the history of our 3 core values?
Master Carlos Gracie Jr., the founder of Gracie Barra, knew years ago how important the establishment of these values would be to the success of the organization. For years as a young man he saw that within his own family of successful fighters, when they remained together as a close family they were stronger, and when they started to move away from each other they lost some of those benefits you can only get from working together as a team.
When Master Carlos Gracie Jr. decided to start Gracie Barra, he knew that strength comes from unity. He wanted to build something on a foundation of teamwork, for a united team is stronger than anything one member of the group could do individually.
In order for this plan to work, though, he also knew that the group – Gracie Barra – would need an established set of rules and expectations. These guidelines help to align group members and give them strength. Some of the ways that members of the Gracie Barra organization can continue to live up to Master Carlos Gracie Jr.’s ideals include:
- Defend the Red Shield.
- Place value on the efforts and abilities of everyone in your school.
- Set positive examples of sportsmanship and adherence to the methods of Gracie Barra.
- Use Gracie Barra curriculum.
- Support other Gracie Barra athletes, instructors, and schools.
- Put the mission and core values of Gracie Barra ahead of personal goals.
- Make sure that your students represent Gracie Barra by wearing the official GB uniform during classes.
- Be selective about which athletes are able to participate in our seminars, making sure they exemplify the values of the organization.
Why are our three core values important?
As Master Carlos Gracie Jr. reminds us, united we are stronger. If a person in the organization thinks of himself first, he actually isolates himself from the group and draws away his own strength. The challenges we face in life are much more easily overcome when we face them as a group. Consider the following statement:
The successful survival of the group ensures the successful survival of the individual.
You cannot reverse this statement and get the same kind of result. The focus on an individual does not benefit a group. Our focus on Gracie Barra values is not just about feeling strong together. It is a successful strategy for business management.
- The culture and values of Gracie Barra are our assets. Effective business plans protect and promote assets.
In return for all of our instructors working to uphold the three core values of Gracie Barra, we make commitments to you, for this is how teamwork succeeds. We commit that:
- We will never ask you to do something that is detrimental to the organization.
- We will provide you with the tools and strategies to effectively use our methods and curriculum.
- We will support each other.
- We will reach for the sky – together.
Are you ready to be part of the Gracie Barra culture? Are you ready to be a part of a team that promotes brotherhood, expansion, and integrity? Our team wants members who are excited to share their passions and skills through the teamwork and techniques of Gracie Barra.
Code of Conduct
- Brotherhood: Gracie Barra Carrollton 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 growth of our family, always putting the team in front of individual selfish needs.
- Cooperation: Gracie Barra Carrollton Instructors shall nurture and reinforce a cooperative environment inside and outside the dojo. They must ensure that the competitive realm, as well as the competitor attitude, is restricted to tournaments. They must make the students understand that progress is not reflected by their ability to overcome a training partner or a competitive opponent, but rather reflected by their capacity to engage in a cooperative training experience where the winner is whoever learns more.
- Discipline: Gracie Barra Carrollton 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: Gracie Barra Carrollton 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: Gracie Barra Carrollton 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: Gracie Barra Carrollton 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: Gracie Barra Carrollton Instructors shall understand their importance in students’ lives as role models, as well as their responsibility in bringing out the best each person has within.
- Enjoyment: Gracie Barra Carrollton 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’s 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 the better.
Gracie Barra Training Etiquette
- Bow to Grand Master Carlos Gracie Sr. when you enter Gracie Barra Carrollton’s training area.
- Bow to Grand Master Carlos Gracie Sr. when you exit Gracie Barra Carrollton’s training area.
- Keep a respectful posture in Gracie Barra Carrollton’s training area.
- Classes at Gracie Barra Carrollton begin with a formal bow to the instructor, with students lining up in descending grade order.
- Gracie Barra Carrollton classes end with a formal bow to the picture of Grand Master Carlos Gracie Sr., and then to the instructor.
- All Gracie Barra Carrollton students line up with their attendance card in hand at the beginning of every 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 for 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 Gracie Barra Carrollton.
- 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 board short (or black short), as well as Gracie Barra black rash guard or Gracie Barra training shirt.
- The Gracie Barra uniform must be clean at all times. A dirty uniform is a sign of disrespect.
- The Gracie Barra uniform must be worn at all times.
- When tying the uniform, students must face the edge of the mats.
- The belt represents your progress and needs to be kept on.
- Refer to non-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 during training.
- 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.
Gracie Barra Carrollton Uniform Etiquette
The jiu-jitsu gi (uniform) is the formal Japanese name for the traditional uniform used in jiu-jitsu practice and competition. It is derived from traditional Japanese clothing. Most likely, the Gracie family developed the original jiu-jitsu gi from the traditional kimono and other Japanese garments around the early 1900s.
The jiu-jitsu/judo gi was the first modern martial arts training uniform. Over the years, the length of the pants and sleeves grew longer, and changes were made in the material and fit. The traditional unbleached cotton is now bleached white, although blue and pink are also available. Other martial arts, notably judo and karate, adopted the style of training uniform used in jiu-jitsu.