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Developed to cater for all levels of experience with focus on individual goals
The Gracie Barra Program Structure defines three main stages of development for students: the GB¹ Program – Jiu-Jitsu Fundamentals, the GB² Program – Advanced Jiu-Jitsu, and the GB³ Program – Expert Jiu-Jitsu. These stages indicate different maturity levels and students upgrade from one to the other in their own natural progression.
GB¹ - Fundamentals
The GB¹ Program teaches the basic principles of effective fighting to individuals like you. Its structure condenses an immense diversity of Jiu-Jitsu into core fundamental moves combined intelligently and safely to optimise your learning. At this stage of training, you will:
- Have a very good understanding of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and the Gracie Barra self-defence system
- Enjoy significant gains in your overall fitness level
- Expect considerable weight loss and increase in flexibility
- Improve your sleep, energy and concentration
- Improve your self-confidence
GB² - Advanced Jiu Jitsu
While the GB¹ Program focuses on the building blocks and basic principles of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, the GB² Program is built on high-level techniques and drills that start shaping the students game flow through the development of reflexes, speed and reaction time as well as transitions between one technique and another. You will find the GB² Classes perfect for taking your Jiu-Jitsu to the next level.
GB² Program classes are based on a defined class structure and curriculum that take a broad and open-minded approach, incorporating techniques from different grappling styles like wrestling, judo, sambo, and most importantly, Gracie Barra Jiu-Jitsu.
At this stage of training you will start:
- Shaping your Jiu-Jitsu game flow by working with the instructor on your favourite moves
- Developing transitions between Jiu-Jitsu techniques
- Experiencing further improvements in overall fitness level
- Seeing a massive change in your body due to muscle tone building
- Seeing yourself stronger and with better overall energy
- Possibly stepping up to participate in Jiu-Jitsu competitions
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
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!!
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.
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.