"Harnessing the power of teamwork to support local athletes and contribute to the competitive greatness of Gracie Barra"

In 2018 Gracie Barra Arizona launched the GB Ambassadors Program as a platform to unite each and every team member to support local athletes helping them achieve their personal best through competition while contributing to the greatness of Gracie Barra. 

The GB Ambassadorship was first envisioned by GB Oceania in 2016 and has since than growing to other regions within Gracie Barra.

Trough partnership with local business, fundraising events and special group and private classes, the program has been able to sponsor top local athletes covering travel expenses, training gear, tournament registration and offering a robust ongoing training support to all GB Athletes.

For the season of 2018/19, our goal is to raise $ 25,000.00. All funds will be raised by the non-profit entity EQUIPE GB Arizona and will be exclusively applied to the strengthening of GB Arizona Competition Team as well as the sponsoring of individual athletes.

Our Purpose


There are two purposes to the GB Ambassador Arizona Program.

Firstly, the goal of the GB Ambassador Arizona Program is to unite everyone behind Gracie Barra. It’s a method to boost everybody’s training, connect the Professors and students, build greater unity in the team, reinforce the values of Gracie Barra, develop a stronger presence in Arizona and strengthen the technical level of all our GB students through different events.


For example, GB Training Days, GB Seminars and GB Special Private Training sessions. It strives to generate greater unity behind the GB Team.

Secondly, the aim of the GB Ambassador Arizona Program is to help fund our athletes to achieve their dreams at major competitions around the world.

Our goal is for as many members of the GB community to participate in the program as possible. By participating in our events throughout the year, the GB  Ambassador Arizona Program will grow and enable us to potentially expand in the years to come. 

While the GB Ambassador Arizona Program is directed at our athletes, other members of the GB community in Arizona will see benefits as well.


Not only will the level of training improve, but the GB community will witness a greater alignment in the values and philosophies that are encouraged by Gracie Barra, and therefore will enable the culture within GB to flourish and be nurtured to create a stronger, more successful and bigger team than ever before.

Here are some thoughts from our Head Instructor on the GB Ambassadors Program

Why GB Ambassadors Arizona?


When we thought about creating a platform to support our athletes, we were determined to use the word Ambassador.


Rather than call them “sponsored athletes”, we wanted to use a term that embodied what they student was going to represent. We weren’t simply providing them with financial benefits in return for promotion.

We want those that participated in the GB Ambassador Arizona Program to represent the vision of Gracie Barra, as well as our core values. We want them to be students that members of the GB Community across the world could look at as outstanding GB citizens, who are focussed on developing themselves with integrity, and representing Gracie Barra to the best of their ability.

We define a GB Ambassador as someone who we as a community trust to carry our beloved Red Shield with pride.


They have the obligation to leave a legacy and hold the Red Shield to a higher standard than when they began their journey as a GB Ambassador Arizona. We entrust them to keep our legacy alive.


They have demonstrated a commitment to give back to our community that gave so much to them. They will pave the way for future generations.


We recognize GB Ambassadors for their commitment, love, respect and continuous support to both members of Gracie Barra and the wider GB Global Community. These young man and women honor our predecessors every day by being exemplary members of the Gracie Barra Team.

Why Should I Participate?


Our aim is for as many members of the GB Arizona community to participate in the program as possible. There are many reasons why all members of the GB Arizona community should engage with the GB Ambassador Arizona  Program, including School Owners, Instructors and students!

GB Arizona School Owners and GB Arizona Instructors should aim to participate in the GB Ambassador Arizona Program in order to help their students develop along their Jiu-Jitsu journey. Their participation will not only help the GB athletes but will also see an improvement in technical skill of their students through GB Arizona’s events.


Further, the Instructor’s participation will encourage their students to participate in GB Arizona’s events. By participating in the GB Ambassador Arizona Program, you will stay connected to Gracie Barra and lead by example.


You can take advantage of the network and be involved in the planning process of the GB Ambassador Arizona Program and contribute to its success. The GB Ambassador Arizona Program ultimately assists in the marketability of all GB Arizona Schools.

GB Arizona Students will see an overall improvement in their Jiu-Jitsu. The technical skill will improve through the participation in the events throughout the year, but also the culture, values and philosophies of GB will become more evident as the GB Arizona community becomes stronger.

The GB Ambassador Arizona Program will provide the athletes with support from the GB community in their endeavor to achieve their dreams. The GB Arizona Ambassador Program provides a great opportunity for the entire GB Community in Arizona to strengthen and grow together, strengthening the core values of Gracie Barra of Brotherhood, Integrity and Development.

Positions Available


In the season of 2018/19, the the GB Arizona Ambassadors Program will offer individual benefits to the following divisions on a total of 9 positions supported:


Adult and Master  (5 positions)

  • Combined Male Brown and Black Belt Divisions (1 Positions)

  • Male Purple Belt Division (3 Positions) 

  • Male Adult Blue Belt Division (1 Position)

  • Combined Female Blue and Purple Belt division (1 Positions)

Juvenile Blue Belt: 1 Position


Kids: 4 positions

  • Must be above Grey/White belt and at least 10 years old


If at the end of the year, a space allocated for a division cannot be filled due to a lack of eligible athletes, it will be given to any eligible athlete, in any Adult division, with the highest number of points in the GB Arizona Internal Rankings. This is not applicable for kids, as they only have one division.


In the event that two or more eligible athletes have the same number of points, the position will be allocated to the highest ranking division.


In the unlikely situation where there are two or more athletes in the same division, have the same number of points, then the position will be allocated to whoever has the most impressive resume.

The support to individual athletes is conditioned to the availability of funds.

Athlete Eligibility

To be eligible for the GB Ambassador Arizona Program Grants, the athlete do the following during prior season:

  • Kids and Juvenile Athletes must demonstrate excellent grades in school.

  • Compete at least on 6 approved competitions on the past season on the belt division

  • Be a an active student enrolled and training consistently at a Gracie Barra School only.

  • Participate in 80% of GB Arizona Competition Training Sessions

  • Athlete’s Home School must meet all School Qualification Criteria listed below

  • Compete with the GB Uniform

  • Represent GB with the red shirt or hoodie in competition

Also, the athlete's home school must meet the qualification criteria below: 

  • All Staff must be certified by the current ICP Certified

  • School must hold at least one Training Day per season

  • School must host at least one special private training per season

  • School staff must use the GB Uniform in classes and competition

  • School staff must use the GB Red Shirt or Hoodie in competition

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