Recent News

Classes added in Schaumburg and Channahon!

August 8th, 2011

Schaumburg, Illinois (IL) -- Starting August 8th, 2011 our Schaumburg location will now have two new morning Boxing classes. Boxing on Monday and Wednesday mornings from 9:00 - 10:00 am will feature newly added Coach Gustavo Pique!


Channahon, Illinois (IL) -- Also starting next Monday, our Channahon location will add Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to Monday nights from 7:00 - 8:00 pm! BJJ Sparring will run from 8:00 - 8:30 pm!




Boxing Coach Gustavo Pique's classes to begin on Tuesday July 26th!

July 25th, 2011

Aurora, Illinois (IL) -- After much anticipation, Boxing Coach Gustavo Pique will run his first class at Carlson Gracie Team MMA - Aurora / Naperville on Tuesday night!  The former member of the Cuban National Boxing team and one time trainer to the likes of Demian Maia, Murilo 'Ninja' Rua, Rory Markham, will be teaching four classes per week including one on Sunday afternoons.

Read more about: Boxing Coach Gustavo Pique




Carlson Gracie Team MMA to compete in Muay Thai Tournament!

May 11th, 2011

Ford Heights, Illinois (IL) --This Saturday night, May 11th, Carlson Gracie Team MMA will participate in a unique Muay Thai tournament to be held at Babes and Brawls 7! This tournament which is a first in the Chicagoland area will feature eight top Muay Thai fighters from the leading Muay Thai academies and schools in the Chicagoland area.  All rounds will be held on the same night and a winner declared by the end.  Carlson Gracie Team MMA member Brian Roberts will be representing the team in what is sure to be a highly contested and interesting night!

Read more about the Muay Thai Tournament




New Channahon gym to run first classes on 5/10/11!

May 6th, 2011

Channahon, Illinois (IL) --Our Minooka gym is moving into a larger facility in neighboring Channahon! Beginning Tuesday 5/10 the first classes at the new facility will run in the much larger space! The new gym boasts over 5,000 square feet of dedicated training space, a full cage, a boxing ring and all new mat space! Our newest gym is located at: 24020 S. Northern Illinois Drive, Unit C Channahon, IL 60410 and is conveniently located right off of I-55 on stop south of I-80! A newly expanded schedule will be announced later this week!

For more information on the mma training gym in Channahon's schedule: Channahon Gym
For more information on Channahon's schedule: Team MMA - Channahon's Training Schedule




IBJJF Chicago Winter International Open 2011 Results

March 26th, 2011


Chicago, Illinois (IL) -- The International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation made its return to the Chicagoland area this past February to give Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu schools throughout the Midwest and beyond a chance to compete under the banner of this prestigious organization.

The Chicago Winter International Open featured over fifty schools competing hard for the coveted honor of top team.  The competition was fierce as this was for many the first major Jiu-Jitsu tournament of 2011 after a long winter break.  Many were eager to quickly get back into the hunt and establish themselves as players.  As the grind of the tournament wore on, as the results were earned one by one, Carlson Gracie Team made it known that it is back in full force and competition ready.

Read more about Carlson Gracie Team's IBJJF Results



Merrillville Schedule Change and New Striking Class for Women!

January 3rd, 2011


Merrillville , Indiana (IN) -- The New Year brings big schedule changes at our Merrillville location! The schedule has been changed across the board with some class times changing and some larger classes being broken up into sixty minute training sessions. Additionally, an open mat and sparring session has been added on Saturday afternoon!

The biggest announcement however, is the addition of a new striking program for women only! Beginning tonight and continuing on Monday and Wednesday's from 5:30 - 6:30pm, the Women's striking program will include boxing and kickboxing.

Read more about Carlson Gracie Team MMA - Merrillvile's Striking Class for Women


July 4th Holiday Schedule - All Locations

June 28th, 2011

All Locations --All Carlson Gracie Team MMA facilities will be closed this Monday July 4th 2011 in observance of Independence day. Classes will run as scheduled on Saturday July 2nd and Tuesday July 5th! Have a happy and safe holiday!


Schedule Change in Aurora / Naperville!

June 28th, 2011

Aurora, Illinois (IL) --Beginning this Wednesday an additional half hour of Kids Wrestling Takedowns (Ages 7+) will be added to the Aurora / Naperville schedule with Matt Shapiro.  Kids Wrestling Takedowns (Ages 7+) will formally start at 4:30pm and end at 5:30pm but kids may jump into the class at anytime!  This class is essential to any kids who are looking to compete at upcoming grappling tournaments or to participate in their school's wrestling clubs.


Matt Mitrione gets ready for UFC Fight Night 23!

January 18th, 2011


Merrillville, Indiana (IN) -- Undefeated UFC fighter Matt Mitrione has been training at the Carlson Gracie Team MMA Merrillville gym for UFC Fight Night 23 this coming Saturday night.  Mitrione (3-0) will face his toughest opponent to date in Tim Hague (12-4) as he makes a statement about his position in the UFC's stacked heavyweight division.

Mitrione started his athletic career in the NFL as a defensive tackle with the New York Giants and Minnesota Vikings. In 2006 he made the transition to MMA jumping in at the highest level with a debut on The Ultimate Fighter Season 10. 

Read more about Matt Mitrione training for UFC Fight Night 23

Memorial Weekend Hours and Information

May 27th, 2011

All locations -- All gyms will be closed on Monday 5/30/11 in observance of Memorial Day. Have a safe and happy Memorial Day Weekend!

Carlson Gracie Team MMA vs Oak Brook Fight Night 2!

January 3rd, 2011


Oak Brook, Illinois (IL) -- Its 2011 and the pursuit of victory starts here!


Carlson Gracie Team MMA will be kwell represented this Friday, January 7th 2011 at the Double Tree Inn in Oak Brook Illinois as Cut Throat MMA presents Oak Brook Fight Night 2!


Fight Night 2 features undefeated Carlson Gracie Fighter Ryan Haney in the co-main event vs Jay Mangler of Moflo's Dojo. Ryan trains regularly out of the Aurora / Naperville gym and is coming off of a steller 2010. Ryan made his debut with an MMA win at the Excalibur Nightclub in June of last year and followed up with two more MMA wins and four Brazilian Jiu Jitsu tournament gold medals before the year was over. Ryan is looking to keep the wins rolling in 2011!

Read more about Carlson Gracie Team MMA fighting at Oak Brook Fight Night 2



Ricardo 'The Bully' Lamas Competes at Final WEC Event

December 16th, 2010


Phoenix , Arizona (AZ) -- The WEC (World Extreme Cagefighting) promotion will hold its final event tonight in Phoenix Arizona. Immediately after, the WEC will be merged into the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) bringing great opportunity for the lighter weight class fighters to finally showcase their Mixed Martial Arts talents on the big stage. One of the beneficiaries of this historic merger is our own Carlson Gracie Purple Belt, Ricardo 'The Bully' Lamas.

Read more about Ricardo 'The Bully' Lamas fighting in the final WEC event



Classes added in Aurora / Naperville!

February 22nd, 2011

Aurora, Illinois (IL) -- Our Aurora / Naperville gym has added three additional striking classes to better accomodate our members! Beginning Wednesday February 23rd, 2011, a Muay Thai class will be added to Mondays and Wednesdays at 12:00 - 1:00 pm and also a Boxing / Muay Thai class on Friday mornings from 9:00 am - 10am!


Facilities closed due to weather!

February 1st, 2011

All Carlson Gracie Team MMA locations will be closed due to weather:
All facilities are closed Tuesday, February 1st and Wednesday, February 2nd.
All facilities will reopen for normal operations and class schedules on Thursday, February 3rd.

Christmas and New Years Holiday Schedule!

December 20th, 2010


Happy Holidays and New Year to our Carlson Gracie Team MMA family!

All Locations:
All facilities are closed Thursday 12/23, Friday 12/24. Saturday 12/25 and Sunday 12/26 for the Christmas Holiday.
All facilities are closed Friday 12/31, Saturday 1/1, and Sunday 1/2 for New Years.

Muay Thai Instructor Lukasz Banach Prepares for Babes and Brawls 5

December 8th, 2010


Aurora, Illinois (IL) -- Most people spend their lives wishing that they could do what they love for a living. For Carlson Gracie Team MMA head Muay Thai instructor Lukasz Banach, who is competing at Babes and Brawls 5 at the Atlantis Gentleman's Club, everyday is a reminder that he is living his dream. Lukasz will be making his third appearance fighting for Carlson Gracie Team in a Muay Thai fight that will surely have fireworks.

Read more about Carlson Gracie Team's Lukasz Banach preparing for Babes and Brawls 5

Viet Nguyen Competes for the Final Time at Babes and Brawls 5

December 9th, 2010

Aurora, Illinois (IL) -- Athletes for a long time have been faced with the question on when to hang it up for years, just ask Brett Favre. We have even seen Michael Jordan come out of retirement and play for the Washington Wizards due to still having the competitive fire to compete on a nightly basis...

For Carlson Gracie Team MMA Muay Thai instructor Viet Nguyen, who is coming off of a win at Babes and Brawls 4 by rear-naked choke, retirement is just a fight away.

Read more about Carlson Gracie Team's Viet Nguyen fighting his last MMA fight in the cage


Carlson Gracie Team takes third at Gracie Nationals

December 7th, 2010

Columbus, Ohio (OH) -- On Saturday, December 5th, some of the best Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioners across the country competed in one of the premier grappling competions in Columbus, Ohio. In what turned out to be a very successful weekend for Carlson Gracie Team, ten top Jiu-Jitsu competitors were able to help the team capture 3rd place at the Gracie Nationals Jiu-Jitsu Tournament. To go into a tournament with only ten members and having so much success really shows the type of hard work and great teaching that takes place on a daily basis with the Carlson Gracie Bulldogs.

Read more about Carlson Gracie Team's Third Place Finish at the Gracie Nationals





Carlson Gracie Team MMA members prepare for Gracie Nationals 2010.
December 3rd, 2010

Aurora, Illinois (IL) -- For the first time since 2006, the Gracie Nationals jiu-jitsu tournament will take place in the Midwest. With the chance to be named a champion at one of the more prestigious grappling tournaments in the nation, some of the most talented jiu-jitsu practitioners across the country will be making the commute to Columbus, Ohio on December 4th and 5th.  Being that it is the Gracie Nationals it wouldn't be the same without the presence of the Carlson Gracie Team.

Read more about Carlson Gracie Team MMA's preparationfor the Gracie Nationals





Schedule Change for Gracie Nationals!
December 3rd, 2010

Class schedules will be adjusted to accommodate our members and coaches participation in the Gracie Nationals in Ohio. Go get 'em Bulldogs!

Minooka, Illinois ( IL )
All classes are canceled for Saturday Dec 4th.




Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule!
November 23rd, 2010

Aurora, Illinois ( IL ), Minooka, Illinois ( IL ), Schaumburg, Illinois (IL)
Gyms are closed on Wednesday Nov. 24 and Thursday Nov. 25.


Merrillville, Inidanna ( IN )
Gym is closed on Thursday Nov. 25



Carlson Gracie Team MMA fighter Sam Ferguson earns a victory in MMA debut.!
November 23rd, 2010

Naperville, Illinois (IL) -- On a night where UFC Hall of Famer Mark Coleman and UFC/Strikeforce veteran Wes Sims were on hand, Carlson Gracie Team MMA fighter Sam Ferguson made his MMA debut at Cut Throat MMA's Naperville Fight Night 3 in front of a packed house. With the crowd buzzing from earlier action, Sam made quick work of his opponent in the first round, who took the fight on short notice.

Read more about Carlson Gracie Team MMA fighter Sam Ferguson's Debut



Minooka schedule change for Thursday nights!
November 3rd, 2010

Minooka, Illinois ( IL ) — The schedule has been changed for Carlson Gracie Team MMA - Minooka! Beginning Nov. 4th, the Thursday night schedule will now have a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) class for Adults! Also, the kids program on Thursday nights will now focus on wrestling. This will provide additional needed training to our young team members who are also participating in their school wrestling programs! Head to the Minooka schedule for the updated times.




WEC Fighter Ricardo 'The Bully' Lamas teaching Muay Thai in Aurora / Naperville Monday nights in October!
October 15th, 2010

Aurora / Naperville, Illinois ( IL ) — WEC Fighter Ricardo 'The Bully' Lamas will teach Muay Thai on Monday nights at the Aurora / Naperville location for the month of October!  Lamas' classes will run from 6:30 - 7:30pm and are open to all gym members from all locations.

Read more about Ricardo Lamas teaching Muay Thai class




NAGA Midwest Grappling Championship 2010 Results
September 18th, 2010 12:30 pm

Villa Park , Illinois ( IL ) — And the medal count grows... This past labor day weekend, NAGA's Midwest Grappling Tournament took over the Odeum in Villa Park for a massive two day tournament.  The tournamnet brought out the best MMA, Jiu-Jitsu and Grappling schools and camps from the midwest region.

As the tournament progressed the Carlson Gracie Team name echoed frequently through the hall as the announcer called out winners of the brackets as they completed.  The team suspected they were going to have a shot to take an overall first place.

Read more about Carlson Gracie Team 2010 NAGA Midwest Grappling Tournament Results




Carlson Gracie Team MMA Belt Testing
September 18th, 2010 12:30 pm

Aurora / Naperville, Illinois ( IL ) — Carlson Gracie Team MMA will be conducting belt testing on Saturday September 18th, 2010 at the Aurora / Naperville location. Belt testing will begin at 12:30 pm. Registration/Testing fee is $30. A Gi is required. Testing is available for both adults and kids and members from all gym locations.


The belt test will consist of an instructor testing the candidate's knowledge and technical ability of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu out on the mats. Candidates who show...


Read more about Carlson Gracie Team MMA belt testing



Labor Day Holiday Schedule
September 1st, 2010

Aurora / Naperville, Illinois ( IL ) — Location closed on Monday, September 6th 2010

Minooka, Illinois ( IL ) — No classes on Saturday, September 4th 2010

No classes on Monday, September 6th 2010

*Consult Peak Fitness for information on the facility's holiday schedule



Muay Thai class added to Minooka
September 1st, 2010

Minooka, Illinois ( IL ) — Tuesday night's schedule has been changed! Muay Thai has been added to the Minooka schdule on Tuesday night from 7pm - 7:30pm. BJJ class has been moved to 6:30 - 7:00 pm.

Aurora, Illinois ( IL ) — Adv. Muay Thai class has been rolled into the regular Muay Thai schedule.



Chicago International Open IBJJF Championship Results
August 30th, 2010

Evanston, Illinois ( IL ) —On Sunday August 22nd, 2010 the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) held arguably the most prestigious tournament to ever be conducted in the Chicagoland area.  The IBJJF, a major governing body for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) and organizer of several of the biggest tournaments in the world including the Mundials, Pan American, and European Championships, presented the region the Chicago International Open Championships.


Read more about Chicago International Open IBJJF Championship Results



Carlson Gracie Team MMA - Schaumburg Coming in September
August 16th, 2010

Schaumburg, Illinois ( IL ) — Coming in mid-September Carlson Gracie Team MMA will open the doors to a brand new Mixed Martial Arts training school right in the heart of Schaumburg!

Located less than a half-mile from the Woodfield Mall the 6,000 sq ft training school will offer training, classes, and lessons in the disciplines of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu ( BJJ ), Muay Thai, Boxing, and Wrestling.

Read more about Carlson Gracie Team MMA - Schaumburg


Team MMA Muay Thai Fighter Lukasz Banach - Babes and Brawls IV winner by TKO!
August 16th, 2010

Ford Heights, Illinois ( IL ) — This past Saturday night Carlson Gracie Team MMA Muay Thai Instructor Viet Nguyen laid it all on the line in the cage at Babes and Brawls IV! The pressure was high as the house was packed tightly not only with mixed martial arts fans but also a large number of Carlson Gracie Team MMA students. The tension in the building thick as this popular Muay Thai fighter made a spectacular entrance with elements of both Muay Thai and Gracie tradition. After appearing at the stage entrance, Nguyen honored Muay Thai tradition by bowing to the corners and then made his way to the cage at the front of a Gracie style line

Read more about Muay Thai Instructor Lukasz Banach's win



C3 - Patriot Games Results
August 2nd, 2010

Indianna University Northwest ( IN ) —This past Saturday July 31st, the Carlson Gracie Team MMA Jiu-Jitsu Team took on top regional competition at the renowned Corral's Combat Classic - Patriot Games Jiu-Jitsu and grappling tournament.  The C3 tournament was the first of a series of three large Jiu-Jistu and grappling tournaments in the area that conclude on Labor day weekend.

The Jiu-Jitsu competition team members had been training hard through the heat of the summer months honing their technique.  They came in eager and ready to stake claim to being the best of the best by showing a dominant performance at the first of the three tournaments.


Read more about the C3 Patriot Games Results


Carlson Gracie Team MMA - Minooka Schedule Change
July 27th, 2010

Minooka, Illinois ( IL ) — All classes will be canceled this Saturday, July 31st, so that coaches and members can participate in or attend this weekend's 'C3 - The Patriot Games' Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Grappling tournament.




Carlson Gracie Team MMA - Aurora / Naperville Schedule Change!
July 27th, 2010

Aurora / Naperville, Illinois ( IL ) — Intermediate / Advanced Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu on Saturday mornings at 9am is canceled until further notice in preparation of the upcoming Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu / Grappling tournaments.




Carlson Gracie Team MMA Fighter Danny Morales - Thai Boxing Association Super Middleweight Champion!
July 15th, 2010

Des Moines, Iowa ( IA ) — Danny Morales made the trip out to Des Moines, IA for the July 9-11 Thai Boxing Association's (TBA) 2010 Muay Thai Classic Tournament with the recently formed Carlson Gracie Team MMA Muay Thai Team headed by Lukasz Banach. With 24 states and Canada all sending their best, Danny and the team knew that bringing back the Super Middleweight belt would be no easy feat!


Read more about Danny Morales' Super Middleweight Championship win




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