The Behind the Scenes of the Gracie Barra Campaign at the Chicago Open
GB Working Together As a Team
An old problem still haunts the competitors in Jiu-Jitsu: the lack of sponsorship. Without sponsorship, almost all athletes and their trainers are taking money out of pocket to cover the expenses with event registration, airfare, lodging and meals. Within this scenario there is a question in the air: Can a jiu-jitsu team compete in all major IBJJF (International Federation of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu) calendar events?
The Gracie Barra team lead by Carlos Gracie Jr., is proving it is possible. With sacrifice, planning, communication and hard work. Team GB has won 24 national and international titles in 2013.
Below are the main points worked by the competition team of Gracie Barra to bring them to 2nd place overall in the Chicago Open, held this past weekend in the United States:
Sacrifice: Without sponsorship and cash prizes at the event, almost all athletes and their instructors took money out of pocket to cover the expenses with event registration, airfare, lodging and meals. Instructors like Professor Mike Buckels who arrived from Saint Louis and Don Fox from Bloomington as well as athletes Flavio Almeida and Phillipe Della Monica who came from California to defend the red shield in Chicago.
Planning: The GB Association (entity responsible for providing support schools in the USA GB) organized a series of meetings and training sessions in Chicago. The goal was to educate and reward instructors and athletes who were in Chicago sacrificing for the Gracie Barra Team and those going to compete in the Chicago Open.
Communication: Excellent communication is essential to the success of the team. GB Association started to advance talks with leading trainers and athletes interested in supporting the team in Chicago. The flow of communication was defined: GB Association talked with the instructors and they talked to each of its athletes.
Hard Work: The refined Jiu-Jitsu taught by Master Carlos Gracie Jr. is the foundation. From this foundation there is sweat and discipline necessary to reach victory. We are unique, we are a team of athletes and trainers determined to give 100% in everything we do!
Finding the highest place on the podium is within Master Carlos Gracie Jr.’s vision of Jiu Jitsu for Everyone. Congratulations to everyone who contributed in any way to winning second place at the Chicago Open! We’re still in the month of August and Gracie Barra has won titles in Lisbon, Houston, New York, California, Rio de Janeiro, Florianópolis and the list of cities where we fight this year continues.