Let's Make it a Fantastic Year!
We welcome everyone back for normal classes now, lets get going and start working on the best year yet!
Christmas Opening Hours
Open 2nd Jan
Thank you everyone who made 2023 a year to
remember at GBNC!
We can't want for 2024 and what it will bring. Rest up,
keep training and get ready.
Join us for the team Christmas Party!
7:30pm 8th December at the Honeysuckle Hotel
We can't wait to have Professor Danillo at GBNC for a seminar on Back Control !
This fanatastic opporunity cannot be missed!
We saw Professors Raphael and John Paul Smilles get promoted this weekend at GB Sydney Headquarters
A black belt is a white belt that never quit.
After many long years waiting for this day, it was wonderful that so many of our team could be there to help celebrate the achievements of 2 beloved coaches and members of our GB Newcastle City Team.
Brown belts, Coach Rapha and John Paul Smiles are to be promoted this weekend at the GB Training Day at Headquarters in Sydney!
We are so proud of our own Coach Rapha and Long time student Johnny as they step into the new stage of life and BJJ that is Black Belt
Now offering No Gi Class for Kids
Our advanced kids team have been enjoying No Gi classes taught by Professors Guga and Jucimar Eller.
Gracie Barra Newcastle is a Premium School for the 7th year in a row
GB Premium schools must meet a huge range of criteria that seeks to ensure schools with this title are providing the best possible experience for their students from physical facilities through to qualified, police-checked and well trained coaching staff.
Another great parents and kids class last weekend with the mats full of joy and smiles.
We love our monthly parents and kids classes. We play lots of games with a basis in jiu jitsu and self-defence and the classes promote a great sense of bonding
Grading Day last Friday was a Success!
Thank you to all our wonderful students who came on Friday night to celebrate their fellow students and their achievements.
We have 5 new blue belts on the mats
2 New Purple Belts
1 New Brown Belt
Professor Jucimar Eller in Residency
Professor Jucimar Eller, known as Sarrafo, has been in attendance at our school regularly this year, teaching many classes. Professor Sarrafo was a No Gi world Champion in 2016 and offers a huge variety of techniques and skills to our students. Not to mention many hard rolls.
"If you want to be a lion, you must train with lions" Carlos Gracie Snr
Come to Gracie Barra Newcastle City to train with the best in the region.
Our Women's Classes Begin this week!
These will be designed to bond our women's team and improve our Jiu Jitsu as a team. They will be facilitated by Coach Lucy and other guest Coaches and include a number of specific drills and training activities designed to improve sequencing of jiu-jitsu techniques and give everyone the opportunity to ask questions and study techniques they are particularly interested in.
We are proud to be a premium school in Gracie Barra Oceania, 6 years in a row.
We have just achieved our premium school status once again!
Here are our hours over Christmas and New Years
We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Check out the students who earned their belts this year and listen to the wise words of Professor Guga
Our coaches go out of their way to ensure the best experience for our Little Champions
"For a small child there is no division between playing and learning; between the things he or she does ‘just for fun’ and things that are ‘educational.’ The child learns while living and any part of living that is enjoyable is also play.” ~ Penelope Leach
Our experienced coaches make sure to include play and fun in our Kids classes. It's important for the consistency of kids showing up to class but also to their retention of many of the principles of Jiu Jitsu.
We ask a lot of our little champions, they must focus, listen and be respectful when learning new techniques, but we also make sure they get to blow off a little steam at the end with games that build a sense of teamwork and friendship.
Here are some tips for rest and recovery while training BJJ. It's particularly important to look after your body when you first begin because your body is likely doing things it's really not used to.
1. Stretch and use a foam roller.
Basic stretching is one recovery method that you can use in conjunction with foam rolling after class. Even five or ten minutes of stretching and rolling after training can be enough to kick off the recovery process. It’s best to save stretching for after training when your muscles are warmed up. And foam rolling will help to circulate blood flow and promote an increased range of motion.
2. Drink plenty of water.
Another post-training recovery tip is to drink plenty of water. Your body relies on water to carry out important processes, so if you’re dehydrated, it has to work harder to repair itself after training. So keep a water bottle with you throughout the day and drink before, during, and after class.
3. Get a good night’s sleep.
One of the simplest ways to recover well after a tough training session is to get a night of quality sleep. Sleep is essential to the recovery process; it helps your body bounce back from the stress you put it through during the day, including your Jiu-Jitsu training. Did you know eating Kiwi fruit before bed can help with a good night's sleep? Of course, that's probably less useful than limiting screen time before bed and actually getting to bed before 1 am...but let's be realistic.
4. Consider a rest day.
A consistent Jiu-Jitsu practice is a balance between training and recovery. It is really tempting to train all the time when you first begin this sport, it's a bit addictive! As hard as it can sometimes be to take a day off from the mats, these rest days are essential. With intense training, take time to rest and counterbalance the work you’re putting in on the mats.
Baths can be a great way of soothing sore muscles. Some swear by cold immersion immediately after a hard training session, opting to jump in the ocean baths or an ice bath. This works by limiting the inflammation of your muscles.
The other option is a good old-fashioned hot bubble bath with Epsom salts to soothe your aching muscles. This also helps you relax and unwind and get you in a good headspace for a great night's sleep.
6. Keep it simple.
Your recovery from Jiu-Jitsu doesn’t have to be overly complicated or involve gadgets, supplements, or gimmicks. Keep it simple by taking care of your body. Remember that your food choices will affect your training and recovery. So, be mindful of what you’re eating and drinking. Avoid stodgy junk food and alcohol.
Interview with George
Student George Nantsou tells us what it's like to train at Gracie Barra Newcastle City
Interview with Pedro
Student Pedro, Blue Belt, tells us about his experience training at Gracie Barra Newcastle City
Interview with Seth
Seth, White Belt, talks about his experience learning BJJ at Gracie Barra Newcastle City > Watch Video!!
We are proud to say that we are a Certified Premium School for the past 5 years!!
Our team is committed to excellence and we thank our students, instructors, and staff for their dedication to Gracie barra values of Brotherhood, Integrity and Development.