Welcome to Gracie Barra Shellharbour.
Please select from our martial arts programs below or read some articles about us.
The Gracie Barra Kids Program was created to provide children ages 4-15 with an environment that allows them to experience and understand core values like focus, discipline, persistence, cooperation and respect
Martial arts can assist with much more than just self-defence. Our focus is to help you learn Jiu Jitsu, but also to improve every aspect of your life including your fitness, health and wellbeing
The Gracie Barra Women’s Program combines a comprehensive self-defense curriculum with emphasis on drills that simulate realistic attack and escape situations
Unlike any program out there, Barra Fit will meet your fitness and safety needs by getting you in the best shape of your life while learning effective self-defense
A 60-minute session with one of our instructors to review techniques and address specific challenges in your game flow (available for adults and kids)
Marcus Lima is an inspiring teacher - so fast, technical & lethal. He has an amazing manner & brings out the best in everyone who trains with him. The gym is clean & the roller doors at the entrance mean the gym always smells fresh and has heaps of light.
Calm relaxed environment and very welcoming to everyone. Great place to train and no ego’s.
We were treated like family from the first day we walked in. Our 15 year old is there 5 nights a week, our 5 year old loves it too. Marcus has so much patience for his kids and they respond in turn. So glad we found GB Shellharbour.
Kylie An Shane
Gracie Barra Shellharbour is one of the best place's around to train jiu-jitsu in the illawarra, ive been training jiu jitsu now for 6years and i highly recommend this place to anyone that wants to learn self defense and jiu jitsu, both my daughters age 9 & 4 train under coach Marcus and the confidence they both have now is amazing, im happy to call gb shellharbour family oss
After I tried all sports and martial arts I could (dancing, karate, judo, boxing and swimming) I finally found something that I like and that I can be good at. I love BJJ and this team is really special to me. You guys deserve 5 stars in Jiu Jitsu.
Marcus is an awesome teacher; handling, friendliness, technique and patience with all the kids. The boy absolutely loves it!
Been training with Marcus and the team for a couple of months. Was such a welcoming atmosphere for a newbie, Wish i could give it ten stars!! such good knowledge!!
I typed 'martial arts school near me' on Google and Gracie Barra Shellharbour was the first one that came up. I had no idea who they were, but I called them anyway. I wanted to try MMA and didn't know the difference from Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Now I am a blue belt and I love this sport a bit more every day. My advice is: just do it. Call them and book your trial. If you are an MMA fan, you will love training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with these guys.
Very supportive and helpful coach. Makes anyone feel welcome as soon as you step into the gym. Great for families and a great way to meet and make new friends!
Awesome gym that caters for everyone! Kids, teens, men and women. Coach Marcus makes you feel comfortable & welcome from the moment you enter! If you're looking to get fit, learn new skills and join a friendly new community try Gracie Barra out!
Marcus is fantastic! He creates a great learning environment for all ages and skill level. His passion, coaching techniques and high level ability generates a Jiu Jitsu school that has a welcoming and energetic atmosphere.
Great BJJ gym & Kids Classes! We where made to feel like part of the family straight away. I have two of my kids training here, they love coming to the gym every week. Excellent coaches, Marcus and his team Luke, Ella and Ben. Classes are well run and they do an amazing job at keeping all the kids engaged, safe, respectful. Big thanks to Marcus for allowing Ethan to continue his bjj journey and for Skylah to start hers at GB Shellharbour. Glad we found GB Shellharbour.
Fantastic gym! Professor Marcus and all the students are always very friendly. They are always willing to welcome and include new and visiting students. Training here is the best part of my week, why not make it yours? See you on the mats!
So much love for this place. I was warmly welcomed from day 1 and wouldn’t recommend a better place. So much support and encouragement from the coaches and like one big family
Marcus is a humble and practical teacher, providing great details within each lesson that have greatly improved my techniques. Highly recommend training with him at Shellharbour.
My 2 daughters train at Gracie Barra Shellharbour and I wouldnt have them anywhere else. The whole team have become like our extended family, not many other schools can offer a network of gyms that openly welcome you as one of there own but this is just another benefit of training under such a great school. Jiu-jitsu is more then just self defence it teaches respect, discipline and gives confidence as well as fitness. Cannot speak more highly or thank this school more for what they have done for my daughters.
Here we are talking about the best martial arts school in the South Coast. I drive my kids all the way from Gerringong and also pick up my nephew in Kiama, just so they can train Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with Gracie Barra Shellharbour. Professor Marcus is a lovely guy commited to excelence. The staff team at the office is very helpul too. They have self-defence program for women and anti-bulling classes for kids. My kids love it and they are much more confident since they started BJJ. If you are serious about putting your kinds into martial arts, or if you want to try their adults classes yourself I highly recommend that you give it a go. A big thanks to all the Shellharbour team - you guys are awesome.
I am an old guy and I've tried all martial arts you could imagine: Karate, Kickboxing, MMA, Judo and even Krav Maga. None of them gave me what Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has given me. I simply love this sport and this happened since my first class. I was very lucky to pick the right school for me. These guys deserve a 5 star!
As a woman I was not sure how to survive my first BJJ class! I was nervous the moment I booked the trial, but the team at Gracie Barra Shellharbour was so welcoming and so nice that I felt very comfortable. They have many girls training, have great facilities and no egos. I've always been a big fan of Martial Arts and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. I am glad I picked up the phone and called these guys.
I put my kids in BJJ after listening to Joe Rogan's podcast. He was saying how amazing this martial arts is and the many benefits that kids can get when learning Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. The team at Shellharbour is great and they have many coaches per class assisting the kids. They are very professional and teach great martial arts.
One of the best things about training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at Gracie Barra is that you can train at any GB school worldwide, not just in Shellharbour. I live in Albion Park but I am constantly in Sydney due to work so being able to continue training at another GB school in Sydney is great! Also, I love the vibe of GB Shellharbour. They've built a great atmosphere and a friendly place to be.
Great coach. Great group of people who train here. I have no hesitation in encouraging anyone of any age and any ability who wants to get fit in a fun way and learn how to defend yourself to come and join us!!
Trained at many schools previously, GB Shellharbour is up there with the best! Great coach,team environment and facilities. Many high level belts and heaps of knowledge on the mats. Highly recommended.
Marcus is a top guy and is extremely experienced and knowledgeable teacher. You can see his passion when he teaches. He also has a genuine care and love for all his kids who attend his classes.
Excellent school, excellent teacher.. both myself and my kids do it. Fantastic environment for serious competitors or those who just want to learn in a family friendly environment.
Fabulous gym - Coach Marcus is awesome and has has guided my daughter in a professional and friendly manner for two years. Every person involved in the gym is friendly, accepting of others and caring. Great place to train and be a part of
This gym is an amazing place to train at. Marcus is one of the best coaches out and his Jiu Jitsu instruction is always clear and understandable. I feel way more competent in my abilities since beginning my training here at GB Shellharbour!
Couldn't recommend a better place to learn, hang out and have fun with Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Coach Marcus pays attention to detail and provides an awesome atmosphere for everyone that attends. Highly recommended.
For someone that is unfit and has never done anything like this before, Coach Marcus and all the members are more than welcoming and willing to help. I would highly recommend trying this for anyone who has any inkling of ever trying...Jump to 2 years later I am now blue belt.
Great for anyone of any age starting their jiu-jitsu journey, the coaches are friendly, professional and willing to help I any way they can. They also have an exceptional childrens program.