Gracie Barra Libertyville was founded in August of 2018 under Professor Jamil Salim Fakhoury. Professor Fakhoury earned his Black Belt under Professor Carlos Lemos Jr. (Escorrega), and was awarded his black belt by Master Carlos Gracie Junior himself.
Gracie Barra Libertyville will offer World Class level Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instruction to the area for individuals, families, Police, Fire, Military, as well as all levels of athletes. Our program also offers a great environment for anyone looking for fitness, character development, self defense, martial arts, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training in Libertyville, Lake Forest, Lake Bluff, Green Oaks, Grayslake, Mundelein, Lincolnshire, Vernon Hills, North Chicago, Gurnee, and all of the North Shore!
The Gracie Barra Libertyville classes are aligned with the Gracie Barra Program Structure developed by Master Carlos Gracie Jr. to meet specific learning needs of people of different ages, gender and levels. Our clean, friendly, and progress oriented environment allows the students to have a challenging, inspirational, and warm learning and training experience that always make them feel like coming back.
Gracie Barra is for anyone who values discipline, wellness, martial art, respect, and is looking for a well balanced life-style.
It doesn’t matter if you are a person with no training background that wants to loose weight or learn self-defense, a busy business man looking for a stress relieving activity, a parent searching for an something to complement the education of your kids, or a experienced martial artist aiming for the further development of your fighting skills, come to our school.
We are sure you will find at our school an exciting and challenging place that will allow you to achieve your goals. We have the commitment to form “Champions of life” preparing our students to face any challenge that life might present to them, both on or off the mats.
Our Weekly Schedule
Coach Scott Close
ICP5, ICP6, ICP6_Revisited, CPR
At the age of 9 years old, Scott’s older brother Doug exposed him to wrestling. Scott took to wrestling, competing in junior high tournaments and going to summer wrestling camps. In high school, Scott was a four-year starter on varsity plus he competed in summer tournaments and summer wrestling camps to satisfy his competitive drive. Little …
Kelly (Milam) Fakhoury will be one of our BarraFit trainers. BarraFit is a program aimed at building a strong mind as the foundation for a strong and fit body. This program will incorporate fundamentals of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with other fitness programs, such as HIIT, Barre, Yoga and more. Kelly is a practicing attorney who works …
Professor Jamil Salim Fakhoury
ICP4, ICP5, ICP6, ICP6_Revisited, CPR
Professor Jamil Salim Fakhoury has been training under Professor Carlos Lemos Jr. (Escorrega) for over 11 years. In that time Professor Fakhoury has won numerous Jiu-Jitsu titles. Professor Fakhoury in that time also cross trained in Judo, Wrestling, kickboxing, and MMA. Professor Fakhoury has a vast knowledge in Gracie Barra Self Defense and Instructing. He …
Program Director Bobby Sweeney
Bob Sweeney, at the age of 17 years old started training Muay Thai and trained and sparred daily, one year after he had joined the Marine Corps and served for a total of 5 years. During his time in service he had the opportunity to travel the world and develop many skills; some skills/training he …