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16-18 Harcourt St, Walkden, Manchester M28 3GN 07860 868357

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Our story

The school evolved through the teamwork of Barry Crowther and John McFadden. Barry earned his Black Belt under Flavio Almeida at Gracie Barra San Clemente in Southern California. Training for over eight years in the US and two years on the UK.

Once Barry returned to the UK permanently he looked for an academy to train at with John until they eventually decided to open their own school on the borderline of Walkden and Farnworth: Gracie Barra Bolton was born.


Located conveniently on the border of Walkden and Farnworth. Accessible to students from all over the North West.

Clean and Safe

Train with us in a safe and clean environment. All Premium Schools make this promise.

The Industry Standard

The Gracie name carries a lot of weight in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. All our programs are developed personally by Mater Carlos Gracie jnr.

Video Montage

See how the school went from nine mats in a lockup garage to the school we see today. Click the video icon above.

  • Black Belt under Flavio Almeida at Gracie Barra San Clemente in Southern California.

    Professor, Head Coach
  • Mike has eight years of training. He is an accomplished Purple Belt.

  • Accomplished Brown Belt under Braulio Estima. Childrens Program Coach.

    Kids Coach
why choose us?
  • A truly exciting way to get fit

  • Get committed to learning a new sport

  • World renowned Gracie Barra structure

  • Gracie Barra community

  • Self defense for real life situations

  • Super safe and clean environment

GB History

Gracie Barra is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Association, with over 500 schools on six continents. The organization was founded by Carlos Gracie, Jr., (to the members of Gracie Barra, he is known as Master Carlos.) who was born on January 17, 1956 and grew up heavily influenced by his family, especially his father Carlos Gracie Sr. and his brother Rolls Gracie. As one of the latest count from the organization, they have graduated more than 600 black belts all over the world.

GB Legacy

The very first Gracie Barra school was first founded in the neighborhood of Barra da Tijuca in Rio de Janeiro in 1986. In a few years Carlos Gracie Jr. was able to turn Gracie Barra into one of the most dominant teams in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu winning many consecutive world titles. Despite the outstanding results in tournaments, Carlos Gracie Jr. worked hard to create a positive learning environment where all kinds of people could learn the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. At the school, people can see world champions training with lawyers, doctors, business men, etc. on a mutual supportive environment dedicated to development of the individual and strengthening of the team spirit.

GB Instructor Certification

Gracie Barra created the instructors’ certification program which aims to increase the level of instructions given to their students. Each instructor goes through a series of modules which caters to different aspects / facets within the organization. The aim is to standardize each instruction based on the traditional teaching methods of founder Carlos Gracie, Jr.

The certification program in Gracie Barra also provides all instructors insight into the inner workings of the organization, such as the business model and strategy.

Currently, the certification program is authored by the top executives of the organization namely Marcio Feitosa, Marco Joca, and Flavio Almeida. All of which trained under Carlos Gracie, Jr.