GRACIE BARRA LAKE CHARLES Lake Charles Best Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

All Gracie Barra Lake Charles Instructors are ICP Certified, First Aid/CPR Certified, and have passed Background Checks to ensure our students safety.

Head Instructor, Jaime Gomez

Huge thanks to Carrol & Carlisle Realtor for the opportunity to be on the "Meet you Nieghbor" series.

Meet our newest neighbor - Jaime Gomez. He has a great story of leaving his career behind and following his passion to open his own martial arts school here in Lake Charles. It so much more than just learning jiujitsu techniques. I have to admit I am intimidated when watching my boys on the mat at Gracie Barra, but Jaime showed me in just a few minutes that his program is for everyone.

As always, a special thanks to Drew Miller for his mad videography skills.

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Professor Jaime is has dedicated his life to teaching students about the Jiu Jitsu lifestyle. Professor Jaime teaches all classes at Gracie Barra Lake Charles and trains with every single student.

He was first introduced to Jiu Jitsu in 2001 in Tucson, Arizona. After living and training in Oklahoma and Louisiana, Jaime his family moved to Friendswood, TX. This is where Jaime was first introduced to his current, Professor, mentor and friend, Vinicius “Draculino” Magalhaes. In the years living in Texas Jaime was so influenced by Professor Draculino’s insight, charisma, devotion and dedication to Jiu Jitsu he knew it would be something he would eventually make his life´s work. Under Draculino’s teaching Jaime was exposed to such influential Jiu Jitsu ideology this further reassured him that Jiu Jitsu was a life enhancing sport that he would continue for the rest of his life and wanted to share with others Jaime works hard every day striving to improve his teaching skills and his student’s knowledge by staying up to date with all Gracie Barra and IBJJF Instructor Certifications and Conferences. He also is continuously improving his own knowledge, skill and training by training with his students every day.

Jaime takes pride in spreading the knowledge of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to anyone interested, hoping it will bring them as much happiness and fulfillment in their life as it has for him.

“I believe that training in BJJ is a life changing experience. No matter what your goals are, GBLC is committed to helping you reach them. Come and train in a professional, clean, safe environment where the student’s needs are the first concern. Our time-tested training methods are designed to bring out the best in students.”

Professor ~ Jaime Gomez-Pardo

Along with Jiu Jitsu, Jaime is a proponent of education. After dropping out of High School, Jaime received a GED from Arizona Education Department. Jaime returned to college in 2002, and graduated from Southwestern Oklahoma State University with a BBA in Accounting. Later, Jaime received his Master for Business Administration (MBA) from McNeese State University.


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Program Director, Cynthia Davis

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Cynthia started her BJJ journey with the very first GBLC Women’s class in 2017. When she first started, she had a hard time finishing the warmup and couldn’t do a “shrimp.” She had to be pulled by her belt. Wow, those days are long gone. She now has become a disciplined, fit and a more confident person.

In her own words: “Jiu Jitsu changed my life significantly. Let me start by saying, I was just another mom watching my girls do Jiu Jitsu. Coaching from the sidelines-and getting in trouble for it! Ha! Making that choice to try out my first BJJ class was the most unsure decision I’d ever made. Little did I know, how it would impact my life, and yet not knowing how it would improve every aspect of it. Consistency, discipline, positive encouragement and motivation have played a pivotal role in my success. Teaching and Coaching have given me a sense of purpose. I want others to receive the benefits and empowerment it has done for me.” -Cynthia Davis

Cynthia is a motivated, driven and energetic coach who exemplifies the Jiu Jitsu lifestyle. She is a Certified ICP Purple Belt Instructor who leads and teaches the Women’s class and Assists with GBK and Juniors classes.



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Instructor, Gavin Sonnier

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Gavin began his Jiu Jitsu training at 12 years old in the Juniors class at Gracie Barra Lake Charles. Gavin is now a Purple Belt Certified Instructor and an active competitor. Gavin coaches’ adults and kids classes every evening at GBLC. Furthermore, he is a role model for all of the kids at Gracie Barra.

Gavin has many competitive accomplishments in Jiu Jitsu as well. He has won multiple (IBJJF) gold medals in international and local tournaments; he also has represented GBLC in Professional Jiu Jitsu events all over the country.

Jiu Jitsu has changed his life in so many amazing ways and GBLC is an amazing part of his life which he is passionate about sharing with everyone.

Gavin Sonnier was born in Lake Charles, LA. He graduated from Welsh High School in 2020 and is currently attending SOWELA Community College for his business degree.



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