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 6 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.