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“I just wanted to take a moment to thank you all so much for welcoming me with warmth and support into the academy. It has been an amazing, life changing experience for me to become a student at Gracie Winnipeg and be surrounded by such incredible, encouraging individuals. Every person I have met throughout the beginning of my jiu-jitsu journey has been equally inspiring and supportive every step of the way.

Getting my first stripe today means more to me than words will ever be able to describe. Truthfully if I didn't have a class full of such sincere encouragement from both peers and instructors, it would be a lot more difficult to make the trek to the school every few days. But because of the people I am getting to know with each passing class, I always feel genuinely excited and look forward to every single lesson, not only because of the growth and knowledge that comes along with it, but the new friendships and bonds that also develop with each day. 

It may only be the first step of a never-ending new path for me, but its one that I am deeply proud and ecstatic to be on. There hasn't been many opportunities like this within my life that has taught me so much about myself in such a short period of time, filling me with these tremendous sensations of belonging and self-worth. What I am learning and experiencing on this new journey is worth more to me than any level of stripe or belt rank one can possess. If it weren't for the people behind GJJW, I may not be growing into the person I strive to become. 

Thank you sincerely from my heart, for taking me under your wing and showing me the path. It has been nothing but a pleasure and a healthy challenge thus far. I look forward to the lessons, both on the mat and in life itself that have yet to come. 

See you again soon.

Bree Hawkins “

“Since I stared training at the Gracie Jiu-jitsu Winnipeg, I was very excited to learn more about this great art of Jiu-Jitsu. At first my goal wasn't clear but the more and more I came to class, the more and more it opened my eyes and changed my views on what self defence really meant.

Having trained a stand up martial arts for many years in the past, Gracie Jiu-Jitsu helped me understand what efficiency and effectiveness in a fight means. As I earned my stripes in my white belt, the concept of Ryron's Keeping It Playful mindset helped a lot not just from a Jiujitsu standpoint but on a personal level. I feel that for the past year of training at GJJ Winnipeg, it has brought me to the next level of confidence both in and out of the mats. I always look forward to classes. My hard work finally paid off when I passed my GJJ Blue Belt. This is such a huge personal achievement for me because I never thought that I would've made it this far. My Jiujitsu journey has just begun!

My wife and my kids also trains with me at the GJJ Winnipeg and I've seen them grow in many ways. My 3 kids are more confident in their ever growing verbal Jiujitsu skills. They love the Gracie Games and they are always looking forward to go to class.

Training with my wife is also beneficial. Not only it improves her self defense skills for her work that she does, but as a couple it keeps us both active and healthy and doing something that we both enjoy together! From a parent's point of view, it makes it more rewarding to know that my kids love what they do and learn in class and we get to do it together as a family!!!

My family is hooked for life and blessed to have such a great instructor in Michael Tavares and to be part of the Gracie family! Gracie Jiu-Jitsu for life!!!

Jaime Torres and family ”