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Barry CrowtherThis is the best martial arts discipline I have ever been involved with. I’m glad I took up BJJ and really made a great decision with Gracie Barra. Thanks to all the instructors for their help. It’s great. When I first joined it was just for fitness, now it’s part of my lifestyle. I’ve lost around 20 pounds and my conditioning is the same as when I was twenty. All my family are involved now – 2 daughters doing really well withing the sport. Looking back taking up Gracie Barra BJJ was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made :) Barry Crowther – Blue Belt

Dave BennettOne of my life goals has always been to earn a Black Belt in a martial art, and at 39 years old I figured I better get started. UFC drew me to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and its everyday practicality as a form of self-defense so I searched for a studio in my area. After a beginner’s class, I was hooked. So much so that I signed my son up and recommended a neighbor try it out. He joined soon after.

Over the past two years I’ve dedicated myself to BJJ. I’ve gained 8 lbs of muscle mass and I’m in the best shape of my life. I’ve met and become friends with a great group of guys who leave their egos at the door and readily share techniques, help out (not tap out) the lower belts and want everyone to improve.

It’s been awesome to not only see the growth in myself, but in the other students as well.  The academy has become like a second home to me, and my training partners like a second family.  Dave Bennett

Member Testimonial: Miguel Inong at Gracie Barra Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Rohnert Park CAWhen my cousin called me to tell me that he had joined GBRP, I was excited. I had been very curious about the school but wasn’t sure what to expect. Meeting with Professor Bill eased my concerns and got me really excited about enrolling in the class. Prior to joining GBRP, I exercised regularly (running, swimming, and weight training), but had lost that spark and fever for training. The school is great. The class has large variety of people to train with and the best instructors I have ever experienced. All of the coaches are very professional, technical, and personable in their instruction of classes. It’s a very comfortable learning environment and having so many different people to learn and train with makes the classes fun.

At this point in my career, I had started losing flexibility and agility. Even after running, swimming, and weight training every day, I was still feeling uncomfortable bending over to tie my shoes or just getting up of the floor. Since training with GBRP, I have gotten back all of my agility, flexibility, and spark for training again. I look forward to classes every day. Training with GBRP has helped me become more focused in my daily life.  Miguel Inong

Member Testimonial: Richard Henderson at Gracie Barra Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Rohnert Park CAGracie Barra Rohnert Park has really become a home away from home for me. Not only is it a place where I can go to train my body and mind, I also have the opportunity to enjoy the company of a fantastic group of people. Between the instructors and the students, there is a tremendous feeling of camaraderie.

At the Academy there are no doctors, policemen, college students, or mechanics – we’re all jiu-jitsu players. Everyone is clearly on the same team, working towards a common goal. Once you step on the mat, what happens outside is left behind and you have your time to focus.

For me, training at GBRP offers a great escape from my day – and a healthy alternative to other options. I also really appreciate the physical conditioning and self defense elements that stay with me once I walk out the door and back into the real world. I couldn’t ask for anything more.  Richard Henderson

I was introduced to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu by two of my closest friends who had been suggesting that I try it for about 2 years before I became a member.  As I look back I see that my hesitation to try it was due to my lack of self confidence.  Finally I hit a point in my life where I felt I needed discipline, direction, and purpose.  After realizing what BJJ has done for my two friends in their lives as a whole, it was hard to ignore the fact that they were getting something more than what you would get from just ‘working out’.  I looked at Gracie Barra Rohnert Park’s website and decided to schedule my introductory class.

I’ve never studied any martial art, only played (what I consider) basic sports, baseball, football, and golf so my intimidation factor was very high. When I walked into the academy I was greeted, handed a Gi, and hit the mat. Again my intimidation factor is still very high, maybe a little higher now that I’m actually doing this.  I was paired up with someone who is MUCH more experienced than me yet was VERY humble, patient, and accommodating.  There was NO ego and I felt like this person whom I never met before, had a genuine interest in my learning. Before I even got off of the mat I discovered that BJJ is the sport for me!

I could see right away that the benefits of BJJ pour into all areas of life.  The Coaches all foster a positive way of life both on and off the mat.  This is the first time I’ve ever seen instructors or coaches take a genuine interest in ALL of their student’s positive physical and mental development through the sport of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.  There is nothing else like it!

After about four months of training my son, who’s 8, asked if he could try it. Inside I was thrilled but held my excitement back.  If he didn’t like it (which I knew without a shadow of a doubt he would) I didn’t want him to feel that I would be disappointed.  I scheduled his first class and he loved it.  He is now a member and we are growing together in a very positive way.  We are gaining confidence without arrogance or ego and a level of respect for ourselves that we never had before. With confidence I recommend BJJ to anyone and everyone (both male and female of all ages). Especially to study at Gracie Barra Rohnert Park.  If you are looking for forward positive movement in your physical and mental being, this is the place for you!  Phil Baca

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