Support your team, help to change our GB athlete’s life, improve your game and represent the Red Shield!
Gracie Barra Oceania, together with the GB schools and students in Australia, have helped develop our GB Ambassador Program to support, value and grow our GB athletes to their full potential. In 2016, we had an extremely successful year, where our GB Ambassadors managed to rank as the top athletes within Australia. The GB Ambassador Program was valued at over $50,000.
The aim of the GB Ambassador Program is to help fund our athletes to achieve their dreams at major competitions around the world. We created a system where all the GB members involved will benefit from this project. All the athletes and Professors must follow some pre-set rules to remain eligible for the Ambassadorship. The selection will happen through our GB Competition Rankings for 2017 where the top ranked Adult gi athletes, and the top ranked GB Kids gi athletes will get the Ambassadorship. Funding for the GB Ambassador Program will be collected through a number of different events throughout 2017. The positions available to be a GB Ambassador are:
– Adult Female – 2 positions only
– Combined Blue and Purple Belt Division
– Adult Male – 8 positions only
– Blue Belt Division – 3 positions available
– Purple Belt Division – 3 positions available
– Brown Belt Division – 2 positions available
– Kids – 3 positions only
– Minimum Grey/White Belt and 10 years old or older
A committee of GB School Owners and Instructors will make the decision on how the funding shall be allocated depending upon the size of the fund. The GB Ambassador Program can be amended throughout its entirety to ensure a sustainable program that can benefit all members of the GB community. Funding that is gathered through events specifically targeted for children will be allocated directly to the Kids GB Ambassador Program. Similarly, the funding raised through the events for adults shall be used solely for the Adults GB Ambassador Program. Have a look at our GB Ambassadors for 2017 in action!
GB Shop – Every 2017 Red Competition T-Shirt and 2017 Red Competition Jumper sold by GB Shop Oceania will donate $7 towards the GB Ambassador Program. To purchase the Adults 2017 Red T-Shirt, click here. To purchase the Kids 2017 Red T-Shirt, click here.
GB Training Day – Sunday 7th May – This day will involve our GB Oceania members of all ages learning from our black belts. The entire registration fee will go towards the GB Ambassador Program. To learn more about the GB Training Day, click here.
GB CompNet – Sunday 17th September – The GB CompNet is our internal competition, which sees students compete to develop themselves further as martial artists and as individuals. $5 from every registration fee, and $2 from every spectator fee, will be allocated directly to the GB Ambassador Program. Registration will open soon!
GB Special Private Training – The Professor, Coach or Ambassador will pick a specific BJJ subject, like closed guard for example, to work for 4 hours, on a Saturday or Sunday. The session will be split into two 2 hour blocks, with a fifteen minute break in between. The sessions will operate with ideally a group between a minimum of 10 and a maximum 16 students. Part of the registration will go towards the GB Ambassador Program. To learn more about the GB Special Private Training, click here.
Our aim is for as many members of the GB community to participate in the program as possible. By doing so, we will help our competition team grow while improving as students as well. By participating in our events throughout 2017, the program will grow through the year and enable us to potentially expand in the years to come.
While the GB Ambassador Program is directed at our athletes, other members of the GB community 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.
School Owners and Instructors should aim to participate in the GB Ambassador 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 our GB events. Further, the Instructor’s participation will encourage their students to participate in GB Oceania’s events.
Students will see an overall improvement in their Jiu-Jitsu. The technical skill will improve through the participation in the events throughout 2017, but also the culture, values and philosophies of GB will become more evident as the GB community becomes stronger.
The GB Ambassadors Program will provide the athletes with support from the GB community in their endeavour to achieve their dreams. They will be supported through their training and, if they receive the Ambassadorship, will receive benefits that will help them reach their goals.
The GB Ambassador Program provides a great opportunity for the entire GB community to strengthen and grow together, keeping the core values of Gracie Barra; Brotherhood, Integrity and Expansion.
There are a lot of benefits that a GB Ambassador may receive. Depending on the size and allocation of the funds, some of these benefits may include:
– GB Shop Package;
– Discount at gbshopoceania.com;
– Payment of Entry Fees to Tournaments;
– Flight Tickets;
– Monthly Competition Training at GB HQ Australia;
– ICP 5 – Instructor Certification Program 5 for free, and the upcoming ICP.6;
– Visibility and recognition on GB social networks;
Our aim is for the GB Ambassador Program to grow in the future. This may involve the potential for financial incentives in the future, but this could only be a possibility through constant involvement by everyone in the GB community.
The Committee of GB Instructors and School Owners, as well as GB Oceania, reserve the right to change any benefits to the GB Ambassador Program depending upon financial viability.
In order for athletes to be eligible for the GB Ambassador Program, the athlete must:
– Use the updated version of the 2017 GB Red Competition T-Shirt at the competitions;
– Use the official Gracie Barra uniform (GB Gi, GB Rash Guard and GB Belt);˜
– Compete in at least six (6) competitions throughout the year in that belt division;^
– Participate in eight (8) out of eleven (11) of the Monthly Competition Training at GB HQ Australia. The training will always take place on Saturday from 2:30pm-4:30pm. The dates are:*
* For the Monthly Competition Training, attendance will be counted for your participation. Even if you cannot train due to injury, attendance is important to build the team spirit and strengthen the GB team. If an athlete lives in another state, they will still be eligible for the GB Ambassador Program even if they cannot attend the monthly competition training sessions.
^ For the Adult Male divisions, athletes must compete six (6) times on that belt. If they are promoted to a new belt, they must compete six (6) times on that new belt in order to remain eligible for the GB Ambassador Program. For the Adult Female, and Kids divisions, they must compete six (6) times throughout the year.
Also, for their students to be eligible for the GB Ambassador Program, the Instructors and School Owners must:
– Use the official Gracie Barra Uniform (GB Gi, GB Rash Guard and GB Belt);˜
– Use the updated version of the 2017 GB Red Competition T-Shirt at the competitions;
– Host at least one GB Special Private Training a year;
– Be up-to-date with the ICP5 – Instructors Certification Program 5, and the upcoming ICP.6.
GB Ambassadors will have a number of conditions placed upon them for the duration of their ambassadorship. These may include, but are not limited to, their social media presence, marketing, training etiquette, alignment with the code of conduct, GB official uniform, ICP5 (and the most recent ICP) and participation at our events.
We are going follow the Australian ranking so it would be easier to control the athlete’s points. For the competitions that are not on the Australian ranking, the points would be given according to a table created and published by GB Oceania. For more information go to http://www.graciebarra.com/aus/athletesranking/
Please note that the following does not apply to the Female Blue and Purple Belt division. For the Female Blue and Purple Belt division, the points will still be accumulated even if there is a belt change from blue to purple.
If an athlete wins the Ambassadorship for a belt, but is then promoted to a new belt at the end of the year, they will still win the Ambassadorship for their old belt level. For example, if a blue belt wins the Ambassadorship but is promoted to purple belt at the end of the year, they will still be eligible for the blue belt Ambassadorship.
If an athlete is promoted to a new belt in the middle of the year, then they will be moved to the new division. Their points will not be carried over. For example, if a blue belt athlete is promoted to purple belt in the middle of the year, they will keep their position in the blue belt division, but will join the purple belt division. All points from that point onwards will be awarded in the purple belt division. They will start in the purple belt division on zero.
In the unlikely event that an athlete successfully secures an Ambassadorship for 2018 in both divisions, then they will be awarded the Ambassadorship for the higher belt division, not their previous belt.
Please note, as mentioned above, the Adult Male divisions, athletes must compete six (6) times on that belt. If they are promoted to a new belt, they must compete six (6) times on that new belt in order to remain eligible for the GB Ambassador Program. For the Adult Female, and Kids divisions, they must compete six (6) times throughout the year.
We plan on having a Award Ceremony in December 2017 with a presentation of the athletes that will be part of GB Ambassador Program in 2018. We will be lucky enough to be joined by our special guest, Professor Flavio Almeida! Have a look at the highlight video from the GB Awards Night 2016!
For more detail on the GB Ambassador Program and the 2017 GB Competition Rankings, please follow this link here. Athletes must talk directly to their respective School Owner and Instructor for more details about the 2017 GB Competition Rankings.