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Jiu-Jitsu for Everyone

Team Members


Head instructor Danilo Lopes

Brown Belt IV

Jiu Jitsu for Life

Danilo started training Jiu-Jitsu in 1999 back in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He was 22 years old at that stage.
He trained with another group and had amazing professors along the way.
For personal reasons, he couldn’t keep training as he wanted to, so he stopped training for a long time.
After migrating to Australia in 2009, he joined Gracie Barra Sydney, under professor Marcelo Rezende.

In the beginning of 2015 he moved with his family to the Sunny Coast. After a while met coach Natasha Riley, they became business partners and now they both run Gracie Barra Coolum.

His aim is to teach this beautiful gentle art to everyone and spread the passion, discipline and respect that a martial artist should carry.


Instructor Natasha Riley

Brown Belt

Jiu Jitsu for Life, Jiu Jitsu for Everyone

Natasha began her training under Professor Marcelo Rezende at Gracie Barra Sydney as a white belt and immediately fell in love with the gentle art and Gracie Barra. The philosophy of Jiu Jitsu for everyone, combined with an excellent structure, curriculum and teaching makes it so easy to embrace. The legacy that is Gracie Barra (30 years established) and the direct lineage of Professor Marcelo under the direction of Master Carlos Gracie Jnr added an authenticity and experience that cannot be matched elsewhere in Australia.

Natasha continued her instruction under Professor Marcio Lemos at Hornsby, and was privileged to be able to coach as a blue belt with Professor Marcio’s guidance. She was witness his incredible teaching style and his ability to connect with each of his students. It was her great honour to be awarded her purple belt under Professor Marcio in 2013.

Natasha and her family relocated to the Sunshine Coast where she continued her dedication to the art. Head instructor Danilo who has trained at Gracie Barra and Natasha embrace the same values and ideals: to allow everyone to learn in an encouraging and safe environment and learn amazing technical skills for both sport Jiu Jitsu and self-defence. Natasha has extensive experience coaching adults and children alike, enabling them to meet their goals and overcome obstacles along the way. Natasha has taught many successful self defence programs for women.

At Gracie Barra Coolum each of us are working together to help ourselves and each other become the best version of ourselves we wish it to be. And that is the difference. We encourage all that step through our doors to give themselves to Jiu Jitsu.

Jiu Jitsu Para Todos!! Jiu Jitsu for everyone!!



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Instructor Nick Riley

Purple Belt IV

Nick has been training for eight years. He began his instruction at Gracie Barra under Professor Marcelo Rezende until his relocation with his family to the Sunshine Coast Queensland.

Nick has a strong focus on Self Defence, believing that Jiu Jitsu works for everyone, regardless of size or strength using technique, timing and leverage.


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