At Gracie Barra Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Springfield, Illinois, our school kids, young adults and adults can train Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) for self-defense, fitness, competition or personal well-being. We welcome new students from beginners to experienced practitioners who want to learn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and self defense.

Professor Marcos Barros is the head instructor at Gracie Barra Springfield. He was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil and trained under Master Carlos Gracie Jr, and Professor Marcio Feitosa. With more than ten years of experience teaching and training in Brazillian Jiu-jitsu, he is dedicated to his students and the future of Gracie Barra. With a great amount of success in the world of Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu including titles of Worlds, Pan-American and Brazilian Nationals Championships, he simply measures success through his students accomplishments. As a hands on instructor, he has accompanied them to competitions, helped them start their own academies, taught seminars and stood in their corners at UFC Fights. He believes kids are the real future of Gracie Barra and offers them the opportunity to learn technique, discipline and how to be a member of a team. On more than one occasion students have been quoted saying, “Gracie Barra Springfield is like a second home to me!”

You will find that the combination of classes at Gracie Barra Springfield will develop your confidence in self defense,competition training and submission techniques in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

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