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Team Members

Professor Marcos Barros
4th Degree Black Belt


Professor Marcos Barros is the Head Professor at Gracie Barra Springfield. He was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and trained under the instruction of Master Carlos Gracie Jr. and Professor Marcio Feitosa. He began his teaching career at the Headquarters in Rio de Janeiro under Master Carlos. In 2005, Professor Marcos began teaching in the United States and by 2006, he had opened Gracie Barra Springfield. 2013 brought new beginnings as Marcos was named the Regional Director of Illinois, and Gracie Barra Springfield named the Illinois Headquarters. With more than twelve years of experience teaching and training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Professor Marcos is dedicated to his students, and the future of Gracie Barra. With great success in the world of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, he has obtained many titles from the Worlds, Pan-American, and Brazilian Nationals Championships. Accomplishing all that he has, Professor Marcos simply measures success through his students’ accomplishments. He believes kids are the future of Gracie Barra, and offers them the opportunity to learn technique, discipline, and become part of a something great. Professor Marcos encourages teamwork, family, and an all around healthy lifestyle for his students. On more than one occasion students have been quoted saying, “Gracie Barra Springfield is like a second home to me!”

Gerrad Zec

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Chief Instructor and Program Director

Coach Gerrad started training under the expert professional guidance of Professor Marcos Barros in 2006. He regularly competes around the country at some of the world’s most prestigious tournaments. Gerrad now continues his training of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu not only as a competitor, but as the Chief Instructor of Gracie Barra Springfield. His love for BJJ is expressed through his commitment to teaching and training. He is constantly working to help his students achieve their goals and dreams through the principles taught at Gracie Barra. Extending past self-defense or being just a sport, Gerrad believes that Jiu Jitsu is a tool to help change people’s lives on and off the mats. He seeks to be a role model, influencing the mindsets of youth toward a culture of respect for diversity, a positive attitude, and integrity.

Professor Bob Radmacher

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Professor Bob Radmacher of Springfield, Illinois, began training under the tutelage of Professor Marcos Barros in 2005. He helped develop and taught at the newly formed Garcie Barra in Decatur, Illinois as well as taught at Gracie Barra The Loop, in Chicago.  Bob traveled to California for competitions and seminars, furthering his knowledge in the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.  Professor Radmacher participates in various public demonstrations including Police and Military.  One of the best lessons Bob has learned is to keep attending classes, even when you feel you are not making progress as quickly as wanted.  He emphasizes that good technique can overcome size and strength!   Bob believes that BJJ is the best way to maintain fitness, self-defense and to build confidence.  Professor Radmacher teaches and trains regularly at Gracie Barra Springfield, Illinois.

Professor Beto Barros

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Black Belt

Professor Beto Barros started Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at Gracie Barra Sao Paulo, in his hometown. Upon moving to the United States, he continued his training under the direction of his brother Professor Marcos Barros. As a result of his dedication and persistent training he was able to obtain his next three belts resulting in his earning the elite ranking of Black Belt. Having mastered all the fundamental techniques and the ability to flow from technique to technique he opened his own school in 2008. At the Gracie Barra The Loop in Chicago, he is totally dedicating to teaching his students the same essence of Jiu Jitsu he was taught (i.e. attitude, yielding to an opponent’s attack, physical conditioning, and personal development) while at Gracie Barra Springfield. He continues his own personal training, competing and having fun with his team. He has received the following titles No-Gi World Champion, PanAms and some of the International Open circuit. He believes teaching improves one’s Jiu Jitsu even more, consequently he encourages his students to help each other, so they can learn more from themselves.

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