GRACIE BARRA YORBA LINDA: THEN & NOW


The Gracie Barra School of Yorba Linda was founded in 2007. Our school has moved to the city of Placentia for a few years and Professor Carlos and the team are extremely happy to be back.

We offer world-class level Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instruction by two time World Masters champion and 3rd degree Black Belt, Professor Carlos Guimaraes, for individuals, families, and Law Enforcement officers of Orange County and nearby areas. We are a reference for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training, anti-bullying program, self-defense, martial arts, fitness and character development for the communities of Yorba Linda, Placentia, Brea, Anaheim and adjacent cities.

The Gracie Barra Yorba Linda classes are aligned with the Gracie Barra Program Structure developed by Master Carlos Gracie Jr. to meet specific learning needs from people with different ages, gender and levels. Our clean, friendly, and progress oriented environment allows the students to have a challenging, inspirational, and warm learning and training experience that always makes them feel at home.

Gracie Barra is for anyone who values discipline, wellness, martial art, respect, and is looking for a well balanced life-style. It doesn’t matter if you are a person with no training background that wants to loose weight or learn self-defense, a busy business man looking for a stress relieving activity, a parent searching for something to complement your children’s education, or an experienced martial artist aiming to further develop your fighting skills. Come to the school, we are certain you will find an exciting and challenging place that will help you to achieve your goals.


REAL STORIES FROM OUR Students


I am currently down nearly 30 pounds, I feel alive again, ready to take the next step to better my health, my life and the way I feel day to day!
— Erol Bayraktar
My first official GB class was on Nov 24 2015.  This was after my free class, about  a week before, in which I nearly passed out. I was seeing stars and it reminded me of the kind of workout I used to get in high school sports. From that first day, I had nothing but the best in support and mentors to help my soon to begin journey of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Training. From the first day Jae, a purple belt at the time, came up to me and told me I was doing great and shared with me that he had thrown up his first class. Jae was a great inspiration to me.  The way I felt that first day, made me want to do nothing other than get to my next class and strive to be better than I was in the class before!  I was told by Professor Carlos that each day gets easier, in a couple weeks I would adjust, and the workouts would feel like second nature. 

Professor Carlos was 100% right.  I am a few months into training and about to earn my 3rd stripe.  This is by far the best group of teammates and mentors I could possibly ask for. I am with a world class team within the Gracie Barra family, as I strive to learn the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with the Best Team in Orange County!  

In closing I am currently down nearly 30  pounds, I feel alive again, ready to take the next step to better my health, my life and the way I feel on a day to day!

Thank you Professor Carlos, professor Mario, Professor Aldin and the entire crew of our DoJo as well as my team mates at Gracie Barra Yorba Linda!

I first walked into Gracie Barra Yorba Linda in August of 2014. I wanted to return to train Brazilian Jiu Jitsu because it was something that was definitely missing from my life. I remember being very nervous when I walked in as I had previously trained at another school from 2009-2012. Although I had already earned two stripes on my blue belt, I had suffered a bad shoulder injury and had not trained in nearly three years. When I walked in I was met by Lester who was as welcoming as could be. Lester introduced me to Professor Carlos who suggested I do a trial class and then remain and watch an advanced class as well. Staying there that day to challenge myself to “get back on the mat” was easily one of the best decisions I have ever made.  

Anyone who has ever invested any time into BJJ knows that it is far more than a sport. For me it is a way of life and at Gracie Barra Yorba Linda the approach that is taken to teaching goes far beyond what anyone can see.  The physical benefits gained from training that you can actually see include losing weight and gaining strength. But perhaps the most important physical benefit gained from training is the one you can’t see. The overall health you gain as a result of training BJJ gives you a look and a confidence that few people ever realize. Maybe the biggest irony is that the more you train and the more you get submitted the more positives you do for your overall health and wealth being. The primary reason I was off the mat for three years was due to a shoulder injury I had suffered. After being back training BJJ for nearly two years my shoulder has never felt better and my overall physical health is excellent. Although I am nearly 50 years old I feel half that age and BJJ training is primarily the reason. 

Despite the obvious physical benefits gained from training BJJ, the mental benefits are probably the most important to me. My father preached to me when I was younger that if you quit at something then you failed to learn and that success doesn’t come overnight. In BJJ, to truly learn a technique it must be drilled over and over and then must be applied correctly. This can sometimes take months or years to develop and in order to perfect it you must attempt the technique time and again failing far more often before you finally succeed. Of course it is not easy when you are attempting to learn a passing technique or a submission and not being able to pull it off. But coming back the next day to do it again is the mental part of the game that BJJ ultimately preaches. The mental strength you gain throughout your training process will shine through in every other area in your life. That is all part of the mental learning process that keeps me coming back to class each week. Anything that is worth having in life is worth working hard to achieve. BJJ is no different.

I am truly blessed to have dropped into GB Yorba Linda back in 2014. When I did I met Professor Carlos who is a world class BJJ instructor and practitioner. His message to his students is simple. He often tells us there is no secret to getting better at BJJ. You must come in consistently and put your time in on the mat in order to advance and get better. In addition to his success on the mat Professor Carlos is a world class person. Far beyond what goes on in class, Professor Carlos truly cares about you and your development as a person. He preaches respect both on the mat and outside the school. His teaching style is evident in the students that train here. When I come to train I feel like I am among family and everything I learn stays with me in my personal life. At work, at home, on the mat and with friends and family there is no secret to being successful. Hard work, respect for others and consistency is how to be successful. Gracie Barra Yorba Linda simply reinforces what we all already know to be true.

-- Michael Selyem


I am a senior citizen, who wanted to learn self-defense, get into better shape, and lose some weight. The Gracie Barra Jiu-Jitsu school was just what I needed. I have been in the program for 8 months and making good progress on self-defense, I am in much bettor shape, and I have lost nearly 10 pounds. The program and instructors are excellent, and they let you proceed at your own pace. If you enjoy playing tennis or racket ball, then you will enjoy Jiu-Jitsu. I realized that training on a soft mat did not wear on old joints (from tennis and jogging for many years), but instead worked on building strength. I am looking forward to continuing my Jiu-Jitsu program at this school.

-- DAN