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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.
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.
Fantastic place to get fit, mentally and physically. I really appreciated the philosophy which the staff have been coaching for kids and adults. I strongly recommend it!
Gracie Barra top shelf Jiu-Jitsu. Come check it out!
Genao De Crewis
Great friendly place to train BJJ. Awesome coaches, team members and atmosphere!
Love this palce! Great teachers and great fun!
Noah's first class was a huge success! Thank you Natasha and Danilo for making him feel so comfortable and special. The place is amazing!
Just met the team today, great group, very welcoming. Can't wait to start my journey!
One of my favourite places to spend a couple of lunch hours every week learning Jiu-Jitsu from amazing coaches and growing with a great bunch of people!
Fantastic & caring coaches who are genuinely able to build the self-esteem of any adult or child!
Highest level of BJJ! Great environment, certified coaches, fun, friendly and safe!
Best BJJ training center. Great coaches, fun and friendly environment!
Excellent and professional teaching and training. Everyone is treated like family!
This place is home. Quality Jiu-Jitsu with a set of curriculum handled by very professional coaches. Also has the most wonderful group of people to train and grow with.