About - Gracie Barra Hunter Valley




About Us

The Inspiring Story of Gracie Barra Hunter Valley

Gracie Barra Hunter Valley was established in 2013 by Professor Gene DeCrewis (aka Genão) with the belief that Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has the power to transform lives. It's remarkable to see how BJJ has become the fastest growing martial art globally, and we're incredibly grateful to have a premium martial arts school in the Hunter Region. Our school was initially located on High Street Maitland from 2013 to 2019, but we eventually outgrew the space. Now, we're delighted to announce that we've moved to a purpose-built facility at 4/51 Shipley Drive Rutherford.

Join Our Gracie Barra Community and Improve Your Quality of Life

Looking to get into shape, learn self-defence, or simply improve your overall quality of life? Our Gracie Barra school welcomes everyone interested in BJJ training. Our GB1 Adult Program, which is designed for BJJ newcomers start with an introductory class, where they learn basic self-defence strategies and participate in a class with other students.  After four months of dedicated training and learning the techniques in the GB1 curriculum, students then advance to the Gracie Barra GB2 BJJ Advance Program.

Gracie Barra Kids: Free Trial Class

Gracie Barra offers a free introductory class to children in the appropriate age group. At Gracie Barra Hunter Valley BJJ, we provide GBK – Little Champions II (ages 5-9) and the GBK Juniors (ages 10-15). Kids are welcome to attend any of the age-appropriate classes scheduled for the GBK martial arts program.

Exploring Jiu-Jitsu Techniques at Gracie Barra Hunter Valley

Our classes are designed to teach you Jiu-Jitsu techniques that rely on leverage rather than strength or speed. Don't worry if you're new to martial arts – everyone is welcome! At Gracie Barra Hunter Valley, we offer a supportive and friendly environment where you'll learn and improve at your own pace. We'll guide you through all the physical skills necessary to perform BJJ.

BJJ: A Martial Art for Everyone

Our school welcomes members of all ages and skill levels, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is truly a sport for everyone. Contrary to popular belief, you don't have to be a fighter to train with us. All you need is an open mind, a willingness to learn, and a desire to be part of the oldest and most traditional martial arts community in the world. Our programs are inclusive, and anyone can join. If you're in the Hunter Valley area, book yourself or your child in for a free trial class today!


1. Gracie Barra Jiu Jitsu is a truly exciting way to get fit
BJJ is often likened to a game of human chess. If you don’t like to work out at a gym because you get bored, you’re not alone. Many of our students were tired of going to the gym, and they couldn’t find new songs or audio books to entertain them on the treadmill. They found Jiu-Jitsu to be the perfect workout because it requires a high level of concentration proportional to the number of calories burned and pounds lost. What’s more, you’ll still learn to defend yourself. It’s a win-win situation.

2. GB people are committed to your progress in learning
The folks at GB make our school what it is, and you too will soon be one of us. You’ll be impressed by how committed each and every team member is to your learning. The instructors, staff and other students make our environment friendly yet demanding and challenging, which stimulates all of us to achieve our best

3. The renowned Gracie Barra structure makes your journey in learning smooth and enjoyable
The class structure is the trademark of all Gracie Barra Schools. Classes start on time and adhere to a standardised curriculum and class structure. As a student, you know upfront what is expected of you and have a clear understanding of what to expect from your instructors and training partners. The consistency of this structure combined with the creativity and innovation of our devoted instructors blend perfectly to facilitate your progress.
4. GB Community will change your life forever
When you join Gracie Barra, you are not just getting classes. You become part of a community united by the ideals of the Jiu Jitsu lifestyle. Special classes and side events coupled with ordinary classes create a fun and exciting calendar of activities that you and your family will love to take part in.
5. GB Fighting Techniques will be useful outside the mats, in real-life situations
You don’t come to class just to learn how to fight. You also work hard toward mastering the underlying principles that allow you to succeed on the mats. When applied to your life off the mats, these principles can bring more balance to your routine and help you reach your true potential.
6. You can train all over the world
There are over 850 Gracie Barra Schools worldwide. When you join a Gracie Barra school you are free to train at any location while travelling. There are over 30 Gracie Barra schools in Australia.
7. GB is an Environment for the whole family
One of the most unique characteristics of our schools is our family-orientated approach. Gracie Barra is proud to be a powerhouse with the most stalwart champions of Jiu-Jitsu in the world while still maintaining a training environment that is welcoming for the whole family: men, women, and children. At Gracie Barra families find marvellous activities through which to spend quality time together.
8. You will train in germ-free facilities
Cleanliness is a top priority. Our schools adhere to the strict standard of cleanliness and hygiene set by Gracie Barra. GB school staff clean the facilities constantly, and all GB uniforms are washed regularly. Our GB school mats are cleaned on a daily basis with a specially designed cleaning agent that neutralises bacteria, fungus and odours without detriment to the equipment.
9. You couldn’t find a safer environment
Student safety is our instructors’ primary goal. Training sessions are supervised at all times, and we have CPR-trained personnel on duty during every class. All GBK instructors have their working with kids clearances. 
10. Our more than 30 years of experience assure you a link to our art’s roots
A certified Gracie Barra instructor is responsible for teaching classes and is committed to keeping the legacy alive. Our team of instructors are trained in the teaching philosophy and methods of Master Carlos Gracie Jr., the founder of Gracie Barra. A legacy of over 30 years of teaching experience is at your service, so you don’t have to worry, you and your family are in great hands.   

#LOCATION -  Martial Arts Maitland - now Martial Arts Rutherford.