Jiu-Jitsu class for Camp Pendleton Marines

Share it

Gracie Barra San Clemente and Gracie Barra Dana Point have made it their business to go to the Camp Pendleton Marine Base in Oceanside to train the Marines in Jiu-Jitsu. The marines love it so much, they’ve received approval to have them come on base regularly to teach classes as a part of their overall combat curriculum.

Group shot of Marines and GB Staff. Photos: Publicity/Camp Pendleton

Recently, GB standouts, Kayron Gracie, Otavio Sousa, Fabiana Borges, Marcelo Lacerda Brandao, Rodrigo Simoes, Lucas Rocha, Ronis Gracie, and the rest of the GBSC/GBDP staff went to the base to present a Jiu-Jitsu class to the Marines. It was the first time these GB professors and coaches had been on a military base and they were excited about the opportunity. The Marines were blown away by the level of skill and precision these Jiu-Jitsu greats brought to their community.

Kayron and Otavio Sousa demonstrating a Jiu-Jitsu move.

Kayron Gracie led the class and had a great time doing it. “We got there in the morning at around 10:00,” he says, “Coach Felipe (Guedes) and Coach Charles (Gomes) put them through an hour of physical drills and conditioning,” he says, “Then Professor Otavio, Professor Marcelo, and I taught them some Jiu-Jitsu techniques that were geared more towards the type of self-defense situations they would normally be presented with during combat.”

At the end of the class, the professors and coaches sparred with the Marines. Then as a special surprise, the Marines taught the GB participants a little bit about their combat training. Ronis Gracie was awed by the Marines’ dedication and commitment to training. “I think the most impressive thing I saw was their focus and seriousness during training,” he says, “I can see why these guys are so important to the country and why the U.S. is the strongest country in the world.”

Kayron and Otavio teaching a technique

Black belt Fabiana Borges said it was amazing to see how hard the Marines trained and how disciplined they were in class, realizing that they do it to get ready for war. “The experience changed my life,” she says, “It made me want to go back to the mats and demand more of myself as a professor and an athlete. They inspired me to train harder and teach better. We were teaching them Jiu-Jitsu techniques so they can protect themselves while they’re protecting our country. That gave more value to my art and made me expect more from myself.”

At the end of the training session, the Marines gave the professors and coaches certificates as a gesture of respect and gratitude. Fabiana said she felt a lot of pride at that moment. “I was proud to see how they respected and admired our martial art. It was a good feeling knowing that they might be able to use a little bit of the Jiu-Jitsu we taught them to protect themselves while they are so fearlessly defending the country.”

Ler matéria completa Read more
There are 13 comments for this article
  1. Richard Mereness at 7:52 pm

    Being a Marine in the late 70s I feel that it would have been a great opportunity to incorperate the art in to my training. I see my son taking up the art of jiu-jitsu and feel it not only would be something to do on my liberty time but would also add to the disipline needed to be a marine and make me more skilled in the art of defense to being a marine Semper Fi

  2. Lorenzo Bradley at 5:21 pm

    I am a Marine of 12.5 years now serving in the Army 2.5 so far. I love this art and the MMA, hold a black belt in MCMAP and training in Army Combatives. I want to first say that all of the training is outstanding and can be the core or many disciplines one may hold in his/her life. Training such as this in the 50s, 60s, and 70s would have benefited so many of our service men that served in the Korean, Vietnamese and other wars such as those.
    We may not always be in a battle in which to apply this training but its better to have the tools/weapons to fight with than without.
    Semper Fidelis
    Sgt U.S. Army

  3. Pingback: 메이저놀이터
  4. Pingback: Software Testing services
  5. Pingback: E-flite Inverza 280 BNF manuals
  6. Pingback: Pyramida KR 60 manuals
  7. Pingback: fake rolex milgauss
  8. Pingback: Service Virtualization
  9. Pingback: 3d printer
  10. Pingback: 안전놀이터
  11. Pingback: 안전놀이터
  12. Pingback: Ventilatoare industriale

Deixe um comentário

O seu endereço de e-mail não será publicado.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.