Gracie Barra has 8 locations in Washington State and over 300 locations across the world. Originally founded in Japan by peasant farmers who needed to defend themselves from sword and armor wielding samurai, Jiu-Jitsu was founded as a system of leverages to give the smaller and weaker opponent a chance against a larger opponent. Jiu-jitsu was later refined to be more efficient by brothers Carlos and Helio Gracie in Rio de Janeiro during the 1920s. There is no perfect body for Jiu-Jitsu, it works for everyone. Law enforcement and the military use Jiu-Jitsu as a main self-defense system for hand to hand combat. In addition to self-defense, it also aids performance in other sports by total body conditioning and adding a sense of balance and body awareness. Athletes such as Shaq, Tim Tebow, Patrick Willis, Clay Matthews, and celebrities Robert Downey, Jr. Naomi Watts, and Jason Statham have all found great benefit in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu.
The Gracie Barra NW Team is under the leadership of Rodrigo Lopes, a 2nd degree black belt under Carlos Gracie Jr. Also on the team leading GB students is Professor Carlos Sievert, a 1st degree black belt, and Cindy Hales, a 1st degree black belt. Both are world class competitors and champions.
Coach Dynamo is the head of our boxing/ Muai Thai program at our Bellevue location. Dynamo has an extensive history with martial arts including Shito Ryu Karate, Wing Tsun Kung-Fu, Escrima (Stick fighting and Environmental Weapons), Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Boxing, Muay Thai, Submission Wrestling and Pankration. Coach Dynamo has worked with elite MMA fighters such as Rich “the Ace” Franklin, Chris Leben, Hayato “Mach” Sakurai, DJ “Mighty Mouse” Johnson, Spencer “the King” Fisher, Matt “the Immortal” Brown and Tim “the Barbarian” Boetsch just to name a few!
The Bellevue/Redmond Gracie Barra academy services the greater Eastside area including Bellevue, Redmond, as well as parts of Issaquah, Kirkland, Duvall, and Newcastle. Jiu-Jitsu is extremely useful, and in life and has many applications beyond the mat and self-defense. Discipline, perseverance, respect, courage, strength, and mental toughness are all attributes you can apply to nearly every situation in life.
As of Aug 1, 2013, Gracie Barra Northwest is proud to open a new Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy in Kirkland, Washington, servicing the Kirkland, Bothell, Woodinville, Kenmore, Juanita, and northern Lake Washington areas. Located near Totem Lake and Evergreen Hospital, the academy boasts nearly 2000 sq ft of mat space, locker room and shower facilities, a bleacher viewing area, and a pro-shop.
Our Professor’s and coach’s focus on developing students from the basic to advanced techniques. We regularly host tournaments, and avidly participate in local and regional tournaments. We highly encourage everyone who is interested to check out our academy. We are one big family and welcome new members to our ever growing Gracie Barra team!
For any questions please give us a call (425) 753-8288
or email info@GBBellevue.com