Professional qualified instructors, ready to provide you with the best training experience.
Professor Marcio Lemos started training martial arts when he was 15 years old, through Capoeira. He has had the privilege of receiving coaching from many jiu-jitsu legends, such as Marcelo Rezende, Marcio Feitosa, Flavio Almeida Roberto Tussa, and Master Carlos Gracie Jr.
He was born in the city of Porto Alegre in southern Brazil. In 2004 he migrated to New Zealand where he lived and taught Jiu-Jitsu in the city of Queenstown for two years. In 2006 he migrated to Sydney where he began practicing jiu-jitsu under professor Marcelo Rezende and became part of the Gracie Barra family.
In March 2010, Marcio took his first step towards the realisation of his dream, The Jiu Jitsu Academy Gracie Barra Hornsby was created. The Gracie Barra Hornsby aims to bring up good people and to offer a place were students can grow, not just as fighters but as people .
Professor Marcio Lemos is the founder of Gracie Barra Hornsby and Gracie Barra Pymble.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu it is a fundamental part of who I am. It continues to steer me towards being the best version of myself that I can hope to be. I can no longer separate the part of me that practices Jiu-Jitsu from the rest of my identity.
"If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants."
I had my first contact with Jiu-Jitsu when I was in the army, but I decided to train a few years later in 2011 where I started training Jiu-Jitsu in Porto Alegre with the professor and sergeant Max Jonas. I remember that Jiu Jitsu was an escape valve from a tiresome and stressful routine, where I used to feel tired after work and could only thought about going home. However, I would still go training and even with exhaustive training sessions I would leave the mat feeling much better from when I arrived.
Over time the love and joy of training Jiu-Jitsu increased, and I managed to conquer the blue, purple and brown belts until I reached the black belt.
One of the greater opportunities I received through Jiu-Jitsu was when in 2016 Professor Marcio Lemos offered me the opportunity to work with Jiu-Jitsu at the GB Hornsby, where I am until nowadays.
Although today I'm a black belt I'm sure I still have a lot to learn, but I also have the conviction that I have a lot to give back to Jiu-Jitsu for all the joy and well-being that this martial art has brought me. My plan is to keep showing the community and our students all the benefits that Jiu-Jitsu can bring to them.
Professor Lih started training Martial Arts when she was 17 years old, through Muay Thai. One year later she decided to give Jiu Jitsu a chance, got in love with the art and never stopped training since then.
She was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu works not only with the body, but also with your mind. It is my safe place in the hard times. It’s when I feel at home, and where I can feel complete. It helps to grow your confidence, courage and self-esteem. I am a truly believer that if everyone would practice Jiu Jitsu, the world would be a better place.
Success is never owned, is rented. And the rent is due every single day!
Workout and reading
Born in Sao Paulo/Brazil
After years of office work, I was looking for a new challenge, that would push me both physicall and mentally.
Bjj is a skill that will teach you many aspects of self defense, but in my opinion, it is the non-jiujitsu and fighting related benefits that are the most beneficial. This includes things such as mental fortitude, increased problem solving skills, and hardening that never say die attitude.
Jiu Jitsu is my addiction. It is not only a hobby of mine, but it is my love, my passion and my daily medicine that I “need” to have perfect equilibrium in my life. I need Jiu Jitsu as it makes me a better person on and off the mats. Jiu jitsu is “my time”. It is solely my space where I am able to decompress and get all of the stress and aggression that has been festering inside, out onto the mats.. It makes me feel so good afterwards that I don’t even remember the car ride home. It makes me a better husband, father, manager, colleague and friend. It is a healthy addiction. Jiu jitsu is continuously teaching me humility. It forces me to leave and check my ego at the door. It shows me my weaknesses and how to be patient through time so I can improve those weaknesses and turn them into strengths.
Tale of Two Wolves:
A father told his son, “My son, there is a battle between two wolves inside us all. One is evil. It is anger, jealously, greed, resentment, lies and ego. The other is good. It is joy, peace, love, humility, kindness, empathy and truth.” The boy thought about it for a while and then asked his father which one of the wolves win.. His old man quietly replied, “The one you feed”
Jiu Jitsu, Bikram Yoga & Soccer
Ryan Anicete started training martial arts when he was 23 years old. He started training Boxing and Muay Thai and had a few amateur fights during the first few years. He wanted to broaden and expand his skills to be a more well rounded martial artist, and decided to step on the mats to try jiu jitsu for the first time on 8th May 2011. At the end of that one hour trial class, he immediately fell in love with Jiu Jitsu and never went back to boxing and kickboxing. He literally hung up his gloves. He has been training Jiu jitsu regularly under Professor Marcio Lemos at GB Hornsby.
For me Jiu Jitsu was the link to my Karate background, that helps me to become a more complete, more confident martial artist. Jiu Jitsu is a no nonsense, no excuses style, that challenges me to reset my goals higher and to demand more from myself.
"Greatness is to do, what one is not expected to do".
- Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Brown Belt
- 3rd Dan Black Belt Goju Ryu Karate