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Gracie Barra Philosophy: A testimonial of a disciple

Master Carlos Gracie Jr., founder of Gracie Barra Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, 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 embracing training as the best method to test personal limits.

Winning and Losing in Jiu-Jitsu

Losing helps us to evolve into better athletes and competitors. It should not be perceived as failure. Instead, Master Carlos 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, Master Carlos accepts physical errors, but not mental ones. Our preparation, planning, attention to detail, and development of discipline and willpower are always the top priority in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training.

Building Character Through Jiu-Jitsu

Inside the school, Master Carlos Gracie Jr. doesn’t limit his teaching to just techniques, but also of forming character. From the beginning, Master Carlos instills in us the understanding that fundamentals for good Jiu-Jitsu are also fundamentals of good character. Without honesty, integrity, discipline and unselfish acts, we cannot become great athletes we strive to be. As Master Carlos teaches us, if you want to know someone, pay attention to them as they fight. When one is engaged in combat, they can’t hide their true personality.

Success of the Gracie Barra Team

Gracie Barra’s success throughout the years means other teams see us as a major rival. We are currently the number one Jiu-Jitsu team in the world. While getting to the top is difficult, staying there or near it over time is a bigger challenge. It takes a special group of people to handle that pressure. Our team is always ready to deal with the expectations because of the manner in which Master Gracie conducts training.

Gracie Barra Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Teaching Philosophy

Master Carlos’ teaching philosophy is also notable. He focuses on building not only 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, the athletes 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 that Master Carlos provides is in realizing that success in Jiu-Jitsu must be an extension of one’s life, and that building confidence and committing to excellence must be cultivated over time.

His method of building champions is not through last minute speeches with 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.

Gracie Barra Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu on Competition

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. They are seen as fights against ourselves in our quest for self-mastery.

Going into a tournament, our thoughts are always the same: trust in our abilities and our techniques. Master Carlos inspires us to believe in ourselves and our skills and to impose our will upon our opponents, not reacting to them.

Because Master Carlos believes in us, he always make us feel that we are unstoppable. Even in defeat, he looks upon us not with scorn, but always with pride and respect.

This is why when you see an athlete bearing the Gracie Barra red shield on his or heruniform, you see a competitor who is filled with an overwhelming sense of pride for the legacy and heritage, which the Gracie Barra community shares.

Today, I am very grateful to Master Carlos Gracie Jr., not only for being a Gracie Barra instructor and founder, 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, from which I have gained strength and courage. I will never let him down.

~ A Gracie Barra Disciple

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