This is the best martial arts discipline I have ever been involved with. I’m glad I took up BJJ and really made a great decision with Gracie Barra here at Irvine just of the I-5. Thanks to all the instructors for their help. It’s great. When I first joined it was just for fitness, now it’s part of my lifestyle. I’ve lost around 20 pounds and my conditioning is the same as when I was twenty. All my family are involved now – 2 daughters doing really well withing the sport. Looking back taking up Gracie Barra BJJ was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made :) Barry Crowther – Blue Belt
One of my life goals has always been to earn a Black Belt in a martial art, and at 39 years old I figured I better get started. UFC drew me to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and its everyday practicality as a form of self-defense so I searched for a studio in my area. The week of my 39th birthday I found Gracie Barra Escondido Jiu Jitsu and Professor Magid Hage. Professor Magid made me feel welcome immediately. He lent me a gi, gave me a 30-minute introduction and then invited me to join the beginner’s class that afternoon. I was hooked…So much so that I signed my son up and recommended a neighbor try it out. He joined soon after.
Over the past two years I’ve dedicated myself to BJJ. I’ve gained 8 lbs of muscle mass and I’m in the best shape of my life. I’ve met and become friends with a great group of guys who leave their egos at the door and readily share techniques, help out (not tap out) the lower belts and want everyone to improve—All under Professor Magid’s well-trained and watchful eye. Professor Magid breaks every movement down, emphasizing the all-important details and correcting any mistakes that he has the uncanny ability to spot from across the mat…Which shows me that he really cares about you improving.
It’s been awesome to not only see the growth in myself, but in the other students and Gracie Barra Jiu Jitsu Escondido as well. The new larger facility to accommodate the ever-growing class sizes is clean, well organized and professional. The studio has become like a second home to me, and my training partners like a second family. Dave Bennett