About - Gracie Barra Hunter Valley

BJJ School in Maitland

BJJ school in Rutherford 

BJJ School in the Hunter Valley Region! 



About Us

Gracie Barra Hunter Valley was founded in 2013 by Professor Gene DeCrewis (Genão) “ I believe Brazilian Jiu Jitsu will change your life”. BJJ is the fastest growing Martial Arts in the world, and we are humbled to have a premium Martial Arts school location in the Hunter Region. We were located in High Street Maitland from 2013 - 2019. Fortunilty we out grew our Maitland Martial Arts location, and now we are happily located at 51 Shipley Drive Rutherford in a purpose built facility.

Our Gracie Barra school welcomes everyone who is looking to get into a BJJ program to get into shape, learn a self-defence, and improve the overall quality of life. A typical Gracie Barra adult student starts with an introductory class, where he or she will learn some self defence strategies of BJJ and participate in a class with other students. Adult students will begin in the Gracie Barra GB1 Program which is designed for BJJ beginners. After four (4) months of training and learning the techniques in the  GB1  curriculum, the student will then progress into the Gracie Barra GB2 BJJ AdvanceProgram.

Gracie Barra kids are also offered a free trial class in the appropriate aged class. At Gracie Barra Hunter Valley BJJ we have GBK – Little Champions II (ages 5-9) and the GBK Juniors (aged 10-15). Kids can attend any or all of the aged appropriate classes on the schedule for GBK Martial arts programs.  

During our classes, you will find that the techniques of Jiu-Jitsu are based on leverage and do not necessarily require strength or speed. It doesn’t matter if you’ve ever practised martial arts before. At Gracie Barra Hunter Valley you will find a healthy and friendly environment where you will learn and develop, step by step, all the physical skills necessary to perform BJJ.

Our school has members of all ages and skill levels. BJJ is truly for everybody. You don’t have to be a fighter to train with us. All that is required is an open mind, a willingness to learn and the desire to be part of the most traditional martial arts community in the world. Our programs are open to men, women and children. If you live in the Maitland, Rutherford or Hunter Valley area book yourself or your child in for a trial class at no cost to you. 


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.   

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