Gracie Barra Jacksonville was founded in October 2009 by Professor Roberto Cuartero. As a former United States Marine and antiterrorism instructor Roberto has a passion for teaching others. He believes Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is the vehicle to drive individuals to lead a healthy lifestyle while learning to protect themselves. As a husband and father with 4 children Roberto envisioned providing a martial arts facility where the entire family could train together.

Gracie Barra Jacksonville is now a full time training facility with a staff consisting of 5 black belts with over 70 years of combined experience.

Through the Jiu Jitsu For Everyone initiative Gracie Barra Jacksonville has spread Jiu Jitsu and fitness to thousands of families. GBJAX has grown to be the premier Martial Arts and self-defense academy in North Florida. Gracie Barra has bankers, teachers as well as pro and amateur MMA fighters training side by side using the Gracie Barra method. From the beginning our goal is to ensure everyone is in a safe, clean, and positive environment.

Our Method

At Gracie Barra Jacksonville we strive to help students get the most out of their martial arts training. For students with consistency and dedication, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu becomes a life-style and students can readily enjoy all the benefits of Jiu-Jitsu or the “Gentle Art”.

Working from the assumption that Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu must be embraced as a lifelong journey, Master Carlos Gracie Jr. has designed an effective learning plan or program of study that allows for students to naturally progress from the white belt to the black belt. Thus, classes and their respective curriculum at Gracie Barra Jacksonville are not isolated from one another, but elements of a larger structured learning plan called “Programs”.

The Red Shield

Our team color is the red, our team flag is the Red Shield. The Red Shield connects the Gracie Barra community, our students taking their first class, our Black Belts graduating, our athletes in battle, our instructors teaching, our Schools keeping the legacy alive.

The Red Shield was created by Master Carlos Gracie Jr. with the purpose of unifying all of those who represent Gracie Barra, defend the red shield and pass forward the legacy transferred down from Grand Master Carlos Gracie, and other jiu-jitsu legends such as Hélio Gracie, Rolles Gracie and Carlos Gracie Jr.

The Red shield’s credibility was built over the years through hard work and excellence shown by the Gracie Barra students, athletes and instructors involved in sport Jiu-Jitsu competitions, teaching programs and community work. The Gracie Barra Red Shield is one of the most recognized symbols in Jiu-Jitsu today and all of those who carry it feel a deep sense of loyalty and commitment to Master Carlos Gracie Jr, Gracie Barra and the Jiu-Jitsu for everyone movement.

Gracie Barra Programs are comprised of six (6) main elements:

Curriculums: Set of coordinated techniques organized in the best possible way to facilitate students’ learning processes. All Gracie Barra curriculums are 16 weeks;

Pre-requisite: The minimum level a student must possess or have accomplished in order to enroll in a specific program;

Class: The defined period of time during which the student learns the techniques that comprise the curricula using several different training methods or appropriate instructional techniques;

Training Methods: Specific drills and training practices designed to convert the knowledge represented in the curricula and taught by the instructor into knowledge and skills, insuring that the student is able to apply their knowledge and techniques under real circumstances (or under authentic conditions);

Minimum Attendance: minimum attendance required from the student so him or her can progress and be updated with the GB Curriculums;

Belt System: Hierarchical rank structure designed to represent students’ progress, according to their own potential. The International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) ranking system is used for all Gracie Barra Programs.

All Gracie Barra students have the dream of becoming a black belt. However, this is not an easy goal and a lot of consistency and dedication is required. To fulfill the promise of facilitating students’ learning, Gracie Barra Programs are structured logically to keep students motivated to learn, practice and perform.

A typical Gracie Barra student starts with an introductory class, where he or she will learn the overall self-defense strategy of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and afterwards enroll in the Gracie Barra Fundamentals Program. After four (4-6) months of training and learning all the techniques comprising the Fundamental’s curriculum, the student will be recommended to join the Gracie Barra Advanced Program. With training and experience, the student will have the maturity level and enough knowledge to enroll in the Gracie Barra Black Belt Program. It is in the Gracie Barra Black Belt Program where he or she will be exposed to all kinds of training dynamics, including MMA, BJJ No-Gi and high level BJJ-Gi, so that the student develops his or her own Jiu-Jitsu game, strategy and technique(s).

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a beautiful art and everyone is capable of learning it and enjoying its many benefits. Gracie Barra Programs reflect more than thirty (30) years of Master Carlos Gracie ‘s teaching experience and have succeeded in improving the life quality, self-esteem, discipline and health of thousands of individuals around the world, as well as building some of the best BJJ fighters ever known.