Week 8 Gracie Barra – Side Control, Foot Throws.

This week at Gracie Barra Centennial Jiu-Jitsu we are continually working the basics in the fundamentals class. In the self defense portion of the class we are drilling a headlock and body lock take down avoid the classic jab punches. 

As we move onto the sport jiu-jitsu segment of the we are showing transitions to the mount from side control. We show how to maintain control and progress. In addition, we are sharing two great submissions, the paper cutter, sometimes referred to as bread cutter and the armbar from mount. 

In the advanced classes our professors share their insight into judo foot throws. How to set them up and how to finish. They also are sharing tricks from side control to help you get your next submission. 

Our Gracie Barra Kids are also working on the foot throws and side control. Come watch your child progress this week. The word of the week is Enjoyment. And, we all enjoy training at Gracie Barra Centennial Jiu-Jitsu. 

See you on the mats!


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Gracie Barra Week 7 – Passing Guard

This week at Gracie Barra we are working on passing guard. Do you have trouble passing the closed guard? The Spider Guard? Even Lasso Guard? If so, this is a great week to come to class.

In our fundamentals program we are working the classic push kick for distance control and distance management from a jab to the double leg takedown. We are also breaking down the basics of passing the guard over the knees. And, finishing the pass even after you are caught in a half guard. Finally we are showing ways to get pass the pesky spider guard. You are going to love classes this week.

In the advance classes our professors and coaches are sharing timeless leg grab techniques as the single leg and double leg takedowns. Then, sharing their top guard passes to help your game.

In the GB Kids program we are also working passing guard. In addition our kids learn distance control and a double leg takedown. The word of the week is inspiration: the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.

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Gracie Barra Week 6 – Take the Back and Turtle Guard

This week at Gracie Barra Centennial Jiu-Jitsu we  are working take the back and turtle guard.  In the self-defense portion of class we are escaping from headlocks. In the stand up game we are doing hip/hand throws. Our word of the week in the kids program is leadership. Look forward to seeing you on the mats. Below is a description of our fundamentals classes this week.


Escape from Ground Headlock
Puching the Head Away + Armbar

Recovering the Guard from Rear
Turtle Position
Rcovering the Guard from Front
Turtle Position

Headlock Escape Taking the Back +
Shoulder Lock

Bridge Escape from The Back +
Bridge Escape from the Back Using
the Bridge Avoiding the Mount +

Videos on taking the back, Click Here

Guard Week at Gracie Barra – Armbar and Triangle

This week is Guard Week at Gracie Barra Centennial. We focus on improving the Armbar and Triangle in the fundamental classes. In advanced we look at additional submissions from guard. As usual our kids follow along closely mirroring the fundamentals program.

Blocking Punches from the Turtle
Position + Recovering the Guard


Pendulum Sweep
Straight Armbar from Closed Guard
when Opponent Defends the Pendulum


Pendulum Sweep + Mount + Knee Elbow
Mount Escape (Taking Turns)

Block Punches from Knee on Belly +
Transition to Turtle + Recovering the Guard

Taking the Back from Closed Guard
Triangle from Closed Guard Controlling
the Sleeve and the Wrist

Recovering the Closed Guard From
Sidemount + Submission (Taking Turns)

To learn some advanced armbar setups here are some videos with Gracie Barra Professors

Gracie Barra Week 4 – Mount and Knee on Belly

This week is mount and knee on belly at Gracie Barra Centennial Jiu-Jitsu. This is the time to improve your escape from the dominant positions as well as learning how to control your opponent. 

GB1 Fundamentals

Double Lapel Grab Escape with
Outside Hook Takedown + Straight


1. Escape from the Mount with
Headlock Using the Bridge
2. Escape from the Mount with
Choke Using the Bridge


1. Two Hand Throat Grab Escape +
Block Knee Strike + Jab Slip + Body Lock
Take Down + Transition to the Mount


1.  Escape from the Mount Using the
Elbows when the Opponent Does Not Open
the Knee + Recovering the Full Guard
2.  Knee on Belly Escape Pushing the Belt
Knot + Half Technical Lift + Ankle Pick

GB2 Advanced

Come learn Professor Eduardo’s and Professor Fernando’s favorite foot throws. Also learn some of their awesome submissions from Mount and Knee on Belly.

GB Kids 

The word of the week is Respect in our Gracie Barra Kids program. Bring your kids to learn some great mount escapes and some life lessons as well. See you on the mats. 

For submission from sidemount check out these videos

Week Three – Jiu-Jitsu Guard Passing – Gracie Barra


This week at Gracie Barra Centennial Jiu-Jitsu we are working leg grabs from standing and guard passing. Do you know how to defend a punch and slip to a single leg or double leg takedown? Come in this week and we can show you. Also learn fundamental guard passing you will use all the way to black belt. We look forward to seeing you this week. Below is a snapshot of the fundamentals class.


Jab Slip to Double Leg Take Down


1. Safe Posture + Opening the Guard on
the Knees + Elbows Closed
2. One Arm Under the Leg Guard Pass+ Side
Mount Control Blocking the Hips and
Controlling the Shoulder
Open the Guard + Pass the Guard + Side
Mount Control + Mount + Bridge Mount
Escape (Taking Turns)


Cross Punch Slip to Single Leg Take


1. Safe Posture + Opening the Guard
Standing Up Holding the Sleeve
2.  Knee Slide Guard Pass + Side Mount
Open the Guard + Pass the Guard + Side
Mount Control + Mount +Bridge Mount
Escape (Taking Turns)

Need more options? Check out these videos


Learn No-Gi Jiu-Jitsu – Gracie Barra

No-Gi Jiu-Jitsu is taught at at Gracie Barra Centennial on Tuesdays at 7:00pm with Professor Fernando.  No-gi submission grappling rules is a competition format that is increasing in popularity world wide.
While most of the principles of jiu-jitsu are shared between gi and no-gi there are some significant differences (especially in grips!) and those jiu-jitsu practitioners looking to have a complete jiu-jitsu should spend some time training no-gi specific techniques in addition to the regular gi classes.
Let’s take a look at some of the no-gi specific techniques as taught by top Gracie Barra instructors.
1) No-Gi Standup Drills 
Prof. Marcio Feitosa starts in the standing position to show some of the key situations you will encounter in match in the stand up position.

2) Headlock Attacks From Collar Tie
Without the collar grip, many of the traditional Judo takedowns are more difficult and controlling the opponent’s head in front headlock is a more effective strategy. Prof. Flavio Almeida shows his favorite no-gi takedown sequences from front head lock.

3) Z-Guard Pass
Prof. Ricardo Almeida is part of a jiu-jitsu family along with brothers Prof. Flavio and Andre. Prof. Ricardo has considerable no-gi experience having fought MMA in Japan and the UFC.

4) No-Gi Jiu-Jitsu Back Take From Side Control
Taking the back of an experienced opponent is no easy task. They won’t simply make a tactical mistake and give the back. Prof. Nick from Gracie Barra Long Island shows a setup to catch the back from side control.

5) Guillotine and Kimura From Guard
We don’t often see Guillotine chokes in gi grappling but in no-gi it is one of the most common and potent attacks.

For more tips on competition jiu-jitsu visit here

Try our No-Gi Classes on Tuesday’s at 7:00pm and for a full schedule of classes at Gracie Barra Centennial visit our schedule
Credits: Mark Mullen
Gracie Barra Black belt based in Asia
Instagram: markmullen.bjj

Gracie Barra Jiu-Jitsu Week 2 – Escape Sidemount




A. Escape from Side Standing
Headlock + Rear Takedown +
Technical Mount + Armbar

A. Escape from Sidemount
Recovering the Closed Guard
B. Escape from Sidemount when the Opponent
Blocks the Hip and the Head + Recovering the
Closed Guard Using the Leg Over the Top
B. iEscape from Sidemount Recovering the
Closed Guard + Over the Leg Guard Pass
+ Sidemount Control (Repeating)


A. Escape from Rear Rear Headlock with
Forward Takedown & Escape from Rear
Headlock with Outside Hook Takedown

A. Escape from Sidemount to
Turtle Position
B. Double Leg Takedown from
Turtle Position
Escape from Sidemount to Turtle
Position + Double Leg Takedown +
Sidemount Control (Taking Turns)


In the Advanced class we are working our professors favorite escapes from side mount, and classic judo style hip throws and hand throws.

GB Kids

In our Gracie Barra Kids program we follow the same theme – escape from sidemount. In addtion, our word of the week is Cooperation, the actions of someone who is being helpful by doing what is wanted or asked for : common effort.

We look forward to seeing you in class this week. Remember we serve the entire South Denver Metro Area including Centennial, Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree, Littleton, Parker and more.

GB Jiu-Jitsu Training Curriculum 4.0 Starts Now!

The new Gracie Barra 4.0 Curriculum Starts now. Start your 2019 with the best in self-defense and sport jiu-jitsu at Gracie Barra Centennial.

In our Fundamentals Program we get down to the basics:

1. Escape from Sidemount with Punches
+ Recovering the Guard + Technical Lift
2. Pulling to the Closed Guard
Using the Foot on the Hip
3. Scissor Sweep
Pulling to the Closed Guard + Scissor Sweep





4. Escape from Mount with Punches +
Bridge + Posture from Closed Guard
5. X Collar Choke from Closed Guard with
Four Fingers Inside the Collar
6. X Collar Choke from the Closed
Guard with the Thumb Inside the Colar
Pulling to the Closed Guard + X
Collar Choke

In the Advanced Classes we work on sacrifice throws, transitions to the guard, and guard bottom.

In our Gracie Barra Kids Program we follow with the basics, distance control for self defense and guard. We teach the students how to properly pull guard and sweeps from the guard.

Each week we build on the foundation of  solid basics in jiu-jitsu and help our students build a complete game. No better time than today to start.

If you want to learn more about what its like to take a class at Gracie Barra click here.


8 Reasons why train Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at Gracie Barra Centennial


Gracie Barra Women Program

1. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a fun way to get fit.  Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is often likened to a game of human chess. If you don’t like to work out at a gym because you get bored, you’re not alone. Many of our students were tired of going to the gym, and they couldn’t find new songs or audio books to entertain them on the treadmill. They found Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to be the perfect workout because it requires a high level of concentration proportional to the amount of calories burned and pounds lost. What’s more, you’ll still learn to defend yourself. It’s a win-win situation.

2. Gracie Barra Family.  When you join Gracie Barra Centennial you are now part of a global organization of over 700 BJJ schools. When traveling you can train all over the world for no additional cost. And, you will be treated as a family member.

Carlos Gracie JR

3. Carlos Gracie Jr. In 1986, Carlos Gracie Jr. founded the first Gracie Barra school, in the city of Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro. From that one location he created the most expansive Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu organization there is, with offices in the USA, Brazil, Australia and Europe and around 700 hundred schools spanning the world. He created a structure that could protect the Gracie Barra banner while still offering support to instructors and school owners, to create career opportunities via certification programs and professional training. The aim of the schools is to help their communities by offering Jiu-Jitsu for everyone including you.

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4. Unmatched Curriculum. The Gracie Barra curriculum ensures that students will be led through a proven progression of positions and techniques in order that they may learn jiu-jitsu in the fastest way possible. It allows instructors to cover all areas of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, leaving no gaps in the BJJ knowledge of the students. It is a complete jiu-jitsu that pays attention to the areas of:

1) Self defence (the reason why most people start learning a martial art)
2) Takedowns (90% of street fights hit the ground but 100% start standing!)
3) Ground – the strength of brazilian jiu-jitsu. 

Each week Professors and Coaches study and prepare to teach the ensuing classes under the well planned curriculum. With over 700 schools around the world we have the input and support of hundreds of blackbelts. Gracie Barra is always refining and improving our program. As a result, at Gracie Barra Centennial you get the best in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu teaching today and the teaching of the future. You can check out our programs HERE.

Gracie Barra Centennial Instructors

5. Superior Instructors. At Gracie Barra Centennial we have world class instructors with years of training and coaching experience. Each instructor has gone through intensive training under the Gracie Barra ICP certification program. This ensures our students are given the best direction and are able to progress in a safe and healthy environment. 

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6. Beautiful Facilities. Located at 4181 E. County Line Rd in Centennial, Colorado you will find over 3300 sq. ft of the best Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu facilities in Colorado. We have almost 2000 sq. Ft of Mats, men’s and women’s changing rooms. We have two beautiful showers great for professionals heading to work after a training. We have comfortable couches to watch your friends and children train. For kids, we have a library of books, games and homework tables. They can keep busy while their siblings and parents train. 

Jiu-jitsu friendships

7. Excellent Training Partners – Lifelong Friendships. Gracie Barra Centennial Jiu-Jitsu students are the pride of the school. Without good students its impossible to have a good school. Our students are like-minded individuals. They are always looking to better themselves in health and fitness and have found a good place in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. They treat each other with the utmost respect. Jiu-Jitsu can be intimidating when sparring with another person. People are afraid of getting injured. At GB Centennial our students talk and learn what each other is looking to gain in the training session. This helps them become comfortable with each other and help prevent injuries in the session. This communication leads to strong friendships that can last a lifetime. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is pretty special. You can improve yourself and meet some great people along the way.

8. Jiu-Jitsu Changes Lives… Come on in and you’ll see why. If you are curious and would like to try a free class, call us anytime at 855-548-5488 email at robert@gbcentnnial.com or stop by. Jiu-jitsu changes lives and could change yours too.