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

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

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 or stop by. Jiu-jitsu changes lives and could change yours too. 

Week 15 Gracie Barra Training Curriculum

The Gracie Barra Training Curriculum is now on to week 15. 

In our GB1 class we learn more self defense with our guard transitioning to a triangle and how to work a proper technical lift. In the ground game we are back to the basics of passing guard from top position. We learn the over the leg pass and and a few option of the bull fight pass. We also learn some great techniques on how to pass the half guard. 

In our GB2 and 3 advanced classes our professors share their favorite leg grab takedowns. Come learn a great single leg to a submission and two advanced passes. Come check out our advanced classes so you can add these moves to your game. 

Our GBK program often follows our GB1 program as it does this week. We learn some sold guard positions. How to pass the guard and the half guard. Our Theme for the week is Inspiration. So at the end of each class we will have some inspiring talks :). 

Look forward to seeing you in class. 

Week 14 Gracie Barra Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Training

This week at Gracie Barra Centennial we are teaching some very important moves of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Many times a fight moves to the ground and sometimes we are in bad positions. This week we learn how to turn from those bad positions into better ones. 

GB1 – In the fundamentals class we learn how to move from turtle and being in a headlock to top position. We all are very familiar with the difficulty of recovering from side mount. This week under Master Carlos Gracie Jr.’s guidance we learn some classic guard recovery. 

GB2 – In the advanced classes our professors will share their favorite hip and hand throws to help you get those important first two points in competition. We will also learn some great submissions from side mount. This is a great week to up your game for competition.

GBK – In our Gracie Barra Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Kids Program we follow along the same lines of our fundamentals. This is great for parents and kids growing in the program together. They can share their experiences and practice together. Our Kids will learn important headlock escapes, how to recover the guard from side mount and a great hip throw. 

Week 14 Gracie Barra Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu taining at GB Centennial is great for everyone in the South Metro Denver Area. If you live in Centennial, Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree, Parker, Littleton, Castle Pines, Englewood or surrounding areas you should come try a free class today. Gracie Barra has the best jiu-Jitsu training program and we would love to share it with you. 

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: The Omaplata

GB Technique : The Omoplata

The omoplata has many different setups from Spider, Lasso and Sleeve and collar Grip Guard and shines when we go no-gi. Without our ability to control the opponent’s sleeve or collar, we need other methods to control an aggressive opponent looking to pass.

Omoplata is of great benefit to those jiu-jitsu students with short legs that don’t feel effective when trying to apply the triangle choke on heavier opponents. The good news is that most of the triangle setups that you’ve learned may be applied to your omoplata attacks.

Let’s see some of the best omoplata variations as taught by Gracie Barra instructors.

1) Closed Guard Omoplata / Omoplata partindo da Guarda Fechada
A good place to start our study of the omoplata is the closed guard with Prof. Daniel Ramos.
* Note the grips Prof. Daniel is using to prevent the opponent from rolling out.

2) Omoplata From Spider Guard
Prof. Draculino teaches us one of the most potent weapons of the spider guard player, the omoplata setup.
* Note how Prof. Draculino finishes the omoplata as he scoots back to place downwards pressure on the shoulder.

3) Lapel Guard to Omoplata / Controle de guarda c/ lapela + Finalização
Prof. Victor Estima is one of Gracie Barra’s top competitors representing the Red Shield and in this video we see an advanced strategy of using lapels leading to the omoplata finish.

4)Standing Omoplata Sweep / Raspagem c/ o oponente em pé
One of my black belt friends who specializes in the omoplata claims that he sees the omoplata as 70% sweep and 30% submission. This sweep is one of the very best using omoplata against a standing passer.

5) Advanced Double Attack from the Mount
Prof. Philipe Della Monica shows a variation of the omoplata that you can attack from the mount. The pressure is applied to the opponent’s shoulder in a similar way to the more conventional omoplata.

See also on Gracie Barra : GB Techniques: Standing Guard Passes



Gracie Barra Centennial Holiday Special

Are you looking for a great way to start the new year? If so, there is no need to wait. Gracie Barra Centennial Jiu-Jitsu is hosting its best holiday special ever.

  • Limited time only – Right now, Pay only $185 and receive a GI, Rash Guard and One month unlimited Jiu-Jitsu training. This is over a $350 value for only $185. And, you can start your membership the day after Christmas if this is a gift!

Don’t wait. Sign-up Today. If your not sure now. Drop in to try a free jiu-jitsu class and see if it right for you. Promotion ends on 12/24/2018. Call us at 855-548-5488 or email us at to set a time today. Here is a link to our schedule.

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