Great Performance at the Central Coast BJJ Event

Once again our Gracie Humaita Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) Australian Team did great at the competition on the last weekend, winning 1st Place on the Overall Gym Result.

The highlight of the event was our long time member and Gracie Humaita Bankstown coach, Sami Baki, who won his 4 fights by submission, check what Sami said after the event:

“I’ve had a lot of highs and lows in recent times and continue to stay head strong insisting on being better everyday…. yesterday was no different where I was fortunate enough to Win the Central Coast Brown Belt Invitational with 4 submission victories from 4 matches.
Huge thank you to Alex and Tiago for a great event.
To my team at Gracie Humaitá, coaches, training partners and family thank you for the support on and off the mat.
Winning and losing is easier with great people around you.”

Well done all Gracie Competitors, instructors and coaches, We are Proud of You!

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Once more it was proven the efficiency of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at the UFC 216!

What our Grand Master Helio Gracie developed to the world works in all levels. Yesterday, during the UFC 216, four out of the five main event fights was finished by submission, Fabricio Werdum, Demetrious Johnson (one of the best submissions ever), Tony Ferguson and Mara Borella, were responsible for the awesome display of Gracie Jiu Jitsu technique. It shows how important is a professional MMA fighter to have a strong ground game.

Check the video bellow and get pumped for the awesome week of training:



12 Tips to Better Hygiene when Training BJJ

Maintaining a clean gym is a big responsibility that goes much further than just cleaning the mats everyday.  There are also things that each one of us can do to maintain a clean, healthy training atmosphere.  If we follow some simple precautionary steps then we can enjoy even more this amazing martial art!

1)  Wash Your Gi
Simple!  Just come to class with a fresh laundered uniform and belt.  Some try and get by with just spraying an odor neutralizer, but this is not suffice.  You need to wash and dry your gi thoroughly.

2)  Wash Knee Braces or Joint Supports
If you use some type of brace or wrap make sure it is properly washed before each practice

3)  Using a Clean Gym Bag
This is one that is often overlooked.  Make sure that whatever you use to transport your uniform back and forth is also clean.  If you bring your dirty, sweaty gi home in a gym bag, wash it then put it back in to the same gym bag then it will pick up bacteria and such from the bag.  Because of this I roll my gi up and tie it together with either my belt of the sleeves from the top of my gi (see picture).  You can also get a gym bag that can be washed along with your uniform each time.

4)  Remove Jewelry
Earring, necklaces, rings, etc. need to be removed before training.  They have the ability to hurt both you and your training partners.

5)  Use Footwear when Using the Toilets
Another one that is often overlooked.  When you leave the mat to use the restroom, make sure that you use some sort of footwear.

6) Trim Finger and Toe Nails
Before coming to class always make sure your finger and toe nails are short and trimmed.  This is for both men and women.  Long nails are like razors when training and can cut you and you and your training partner.

7)  Wear Deodorant
Yes, nobody wants a stinky training partner.  Make sure you are clean and free of body odor.

8)  Take a Shower Immediately After Class
Taking a shower immediately following class lessens your chances of picking up a skin irritation or infection.

9)  Tie your Hair Back
If you have long hair make sure to tie it back so that does not get into you or your partners way.

10) Cover all Cuts
If you have any cuts or scratches make sure that you properly cover them so they are not exposed.  If you are unsure how to do this, ask your instructor!

11)  Brush your Teeth
It is no fun when you are doing positions in close proximity for an hour with someone who has bad breath.

12)  Don’t Train when Sick
We are all dedicated to train everyday and improve our games with maximum efficacy, but if you are sick or coming down with something, take the day off.  Training hard will lower your immune system thus delaying your recovery.  It also exposes everyone to your illness thus putting your teammates at risk of also getting sick.

Following these simple steps will help us to keep our status of the most clean Brazilian Jiu Jitsu gym in Australia.




Labour Day – Gracie Humaita HQ will be closed

Hi Everyone,

Next Monday, the 2nd of October, is Labour Day and we will be closed. If you want, you can have an extra session at Gracie Parramata at 12pm or Gracie Smeaton Grange at 10am.

We will reopen with regular hours on Tuesday the 3rd . We hope everyone enjoy the long weekend and come back to the mats refreshed and ready to go!




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Awesome Grading Day Last Night

Yesterday we had a great night at the Gracie Humaita Sydney Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ). We had 21 students graduating to blue and purple belt.

Well done everyone and good luck on your new belt!

Check some photos bellow:


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Why We “Shake” Before the Fight? Is it Fear or Tension?

Among the more bizarre and inexplicable sensations we feel just before fighting, the most common is the tremor. Many people see the tremor as the opponent sensitivity. They normally believe that trembling hands are a reflection of the emotional state of the opponent. But unlike that thought, this “shaking” does not always mean fear.

If you are a competitor, you do know what we are talking about. The tremor and those feelings in the stomach are common in the days, hours and minutes preceding the fight. But why do we feel it? What causes that shaking? For the athletes, tremor is directly related to adrenaline.

If we are about to engage in combat, the body literally gets ready for the fight. Thus, in a risky or threat situation, the body begins to produce adrenaline to make it ready for the moment of action. These reactions activate the autonomic nervous system. Thereafter, both positive and negative emotions are generated, which can trigger the famous adrenaline release in the blood. So shaking is normal. But how long does it take? Time greatly varies from person to person according to their actions.

Just remember: Do not to let this nervous state dominate you. Use it to your advantage and do your best.



Royler Gracie Visits Gracie Sydney

On Saturday Gracie Sydney Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) in Alexandria had a privilege to receive Master Royler Gracie for a seminar.

At this time Master Royler showed a lot of Jiu Jitsu Competition techniques on a simple and easy way of learning, awesome experience!

Check the photos on the slideshow bellow:


Our Student Khava Black Talked to Daily Telegraph

Gracie Humaita Alexandria student, Khava Black, gave a great interview to Daily Telegraph talking about his experiences and how Jiu Jitsu changed his life, making him a better person. Khava is a member of our Gracie Kids Program since the beginning and now works as Assistant Coach at Gracie Kids and Gracie Teens Programs in Alexandria.

Check the full story on the link bellow:




Royler Gracie Seminar 2017

Master Royler Gracie, Black and Red Belt and Head Coach of Gracie Humaita Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) is coming to Australia for a seminar tour. Make sure you save your spot!

Check the poster bellow for all details: