Gracie Barra brings Great Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) to San Antonio, Texas
The city of San Antonio Texas is in for a treat as the newest addition to the Gracie Barra network of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu schools have recently opened to spread the organization’s reach and vision: Jiu Jitsu for Everyone. Similar to other Gracie Barra schools, the San Antonio Academy will be offering the same top quality training and instruction program for its students.
When we speak of Grace Barra schools, it is synonymous to world-class training facilities, top of the line BJJ gears and equipment, and highly respected instructors. The move to establish a firm footing in San Antonio, TX is coupled with the commitment to establish a lasting legacy for the world famous combat sport to the members of the San Antonio Community. It opened on the 19th of June 2012.
The Gracie Barra Flag is a respected name for the sport of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. The legacy goes back to almost a hundred years of development and experience and has been passed on to generations which is what we all have come to know as the best ground fighting sport. The reputation stems from commitment that the entire team dedicates to the name; from its high-quality branded as GB Wear grappling gears, to the world class athletes the organization has produced.
The nuts and bolts of the operation will be led by esteemed Professor Jonatas Eliaquim. Despite the Professor’s busy schedule, we were able to get a few words from him regarding his thoughts and vision about the newly established gym in San Antonio.
“I did not choose San Antonio. It was San Antonio that chose me” – Professor Eliaquim
GB.Com: What programs are you offering for the locals of San Antonio?
Prof. Eliaquim: “We offer all of the program levels: from the fundamentals, advanced level, competitive, black belt level, and no Gi. For the children, we do have the Little Champions I (3-6 yrs), Little Champions II (7-13) and for the teens as well. We also are committed to offer a women’s program of the sport.”
GB.com: What is your plan to attract students to attend the training sessions?
Prof. Eliaquim: “Our plan is very simple: our academy is open 19 hours a day, seven days a week! Besides having great training classes, the academy is open for its students almost at any given time of the day. For prospective students, they can contact us as their convenience due to our availability. We are ready to accommodate inquiries from 6:30 am to 11:00 PM.”
GB.Com: What is your vision for the San Antonio Site?
Prof. Eliaquim: “I love San Antonio, looks like a European city, Venice, Paris, Homa all at the same time. The city is much more cosmopolitan these cities! It has plenty of space, nature parks, and is just an hour and 30 minutes from the most beautiful beach in Texas, Corpus Cristi! This place is a paradise! It possesses so much potential for the development of BJJ. This place is fantastic.”
GB.Com: Why did you choose San Antonio for the new site?
Prof. Eliaquim: “I did not choose, was San Antonio who chose me :-)”
GB.Com: Being the leader of the newest addition to the GB schools, what can you offer the San Antonio Community as a martial artist and a leader of the gym?
Prof. Eliaquim: “First up, it is a pleasure to have this title! is not easy. But I am assuming all responsibility for the site. Gracie Barra has prepared me well before I was given this position! I spent eight years in Europe, where I have worked well to see the fruits of my labor? When my teacher, Marcio Feitosa and Master Carlos Gracie Jr., gave me this opportunity, they knew that San Antonio would the best place for me. This primary commitment with the community of San Antonio: Gracie Barra San Antonio’s commitment is with the children, the men and the women people. We are committing ourselves as well to every member of our community especially those who are members of the U.S. Army, the Police Force, The Navy, and The Fire Department! As part of our service, we are giving away a 25% discount upon registration”
The entire Gracie Barra Team warmly welcomes Gracie Barra San Antonio as the newest addition to their network of top quality BJJ schools.
For more information, you may contact the Gracie Barra San Antonio with the information below:
Tel: (210) 426-2129
Prof. Eliaquiaquim Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/rattinho.eliaquim