YOU are Gracie Barra
The mission of Gracie Barra – Jiu-Jitsu for Everyone – is a wide and encompassing mission that reminds us to continue reaching out and sharing the benefits of training JJ. We have to embrace the values of our founder, Master Carlos Gracie Jr. as we remain under the one flag of Gracie Barra and work to protect and uphold all that the Red Shield signifies.
A Look at Life without the Red Shield
When we think of Gracie Barra, many of us probably envision the Red Shield, the mats in our schools, the students training on our mats, and the belts that represent our journeys in Jiu-Jitsu. And we probably envision each other – our fellow instructors.
Now, for a moment, imagine Gracie Barra without GB Instructors. Think of the students coming through the doors, with no one there to guide their training. Imagine tournaments without the leadership of instructors. Try to envision Gracie Barra without our most influential instructor – Master Carlos Gracie Jr. The picture you have in your head is likely very different from what Gracie Barra looks like today.
Without instructors under the Red Shield the picture might look much more like the following.