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    Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

    Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu West County, MO. Does this sound like you when you’re getting ready to workout – “This gym is disgusting” or “No matter what, I can’t seem to stick to any exercise plan” or even “I’m so bored at the gym?” Ah, good old deflection at its finest. Sure, the gym probably is disgusting but there are other places to workout. You are bored, because what is fun about riding an exercise bike for miles to absolutely nowhere, or trying to squeeze by the sweaty, beefed out muscleheads lined up for flexing selfies by the bench press?

    Why not try Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at Gracie Barra West County? There’s no need for deflection, because you’ll actually look forward to working out at our nearby gym that is pristine clean. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is more than simply a sport or form of martial arts. At Gracie Barra West County, it’s a lifestyle that will change your entire outlook on life. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is ideal for beginners, a great workout – burning up to 1,000 calories per hour – and often thought of as the de facto martial art for self-defense.

    When you are ready for the best full-body workout around, call Gracie Barra West County at 314-550-0507 or contact us online to schedule a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu class.

    Does Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Really Provide a Complete Workout?

    Gracie Barra is the leading Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu organization in the world. We have over 900 schools worldwide, 400 in North America, and teach principles, philosophies, and fundamentals of the world’s best martial arts. Gracie Barra West County offers the area’s best Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instruction, with a wide array of programs and classes, along with a convenient and accessible gym near you.

    A good workout should be so much more than building or toning muscle, or standing in line with a bunch of meatheads. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training at Gracie Barra West County is the perfect alternative to a gym workout, developing knowledge, confidence, and discipline. We instill the philosophy – the “way of life” – of our namesake Carlos Gracie in our students. It prepares them for life, showing them the most effective use of physical, mental, and spiritual strength.

    In addition to the mental benefits of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, people enjoy being able to work multiple areas of the body at once. When you train Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at Gracie Barra West County, every day is leg day… and arm day… and core day. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu requires the use of basically every muscle in your body, as you go through a wide range of movement. After only a few weeks of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes at Gracie Barra West County, you will:

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    What Are the Advantages of Training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at Gracie Barra West County?

    While most physical improvements are obvious, it’s often the results you can’t see that make the most significant change in your life. Some of the advantages of training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at Gracie Barra West County include:

    Weight Loss

    If you are looking to lose weight and shed some extra body fat, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes at Gracie Barra West County are a great start. In addition to the calorie burning from the constant drilling and repetitive practice, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu offers a precise, technical aspect to mastering moves. Students get into a flow, a routine of techniques, fine-tuning themselves into fighters. It’s almost choreographic. This certainly sheds far more weight than the gym’s lame, repetitive treadmill or pedaling that stationary bike on an imaginary road to nowhere.

    Boosted Strength

    You will quickly become stronger physically and mentally, when you make Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu part of your life at Gracie Barra West County. Building muscle is part of the process, especially when you train regularly. Much of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training involves grappling, which works all your muscles. Not only will you build strength through training, you will also notice a significant improvement in your muscle tone. Our West County students also see immediate improvements to their flexibility. This helps give them more freedom to move their muscles in ways they were never able to before they started Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training.


    According to the most recent research, a 2020 report by Statista, there were more than 921,000 reported cases of aggravated assault in the U.S., and Missouri had 542.7 reported cases of aggravated assault per 100,000 residents in 2020. Do you know how to defend yourself if you’re attacked or feel threatened? Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at Gracie Barra West County teaches you how to sharpen your self-defense skills so that you can stay safe and feel confident in your ability to protect yourself. One of the best things about Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is that it doesn’t rely on kicking, punching, or lunging the way many other forms of martial arts do. Instead of learning how to strike down a larger, stronger attacker, training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu will teach you how to close the distance and control them. This is especially beneficial for women students. Research from the University of Oregon showed that women who complete a self-defense course are at least 50-60 percent less likely to be attacked.

    The self-defense strategies taught in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu are so effective that many police officers and departments use them as training tools. The Marietta, Georgia police department mandated weekly Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training for all new hires in 2019, and later expanded the initiative to a total of 95 officers. Within one year, the department reported a 23 percent drop in taser deployment and a 53 percent drop in serious injuries to a suspect. The study also found that officers who were training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu were 59 percent less likely to engage in the use of force.

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    Increased Focus

    Many students walk into the West County gym after a bad day at work or school. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu acts as a great stress reliever, bringing you an inner peace that focuses on the bigger picture. Physical activity triggers your body to release endorphins, reducing the risks of premature death, as well as norepinephrine, dopamine, and serotonin and mitigates the negative effects of stress on the body. Lifting weights at a grimy gym won’t get you to that mindset.

    Improved Overall Health

    Many people turn to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at Gracie Barra West County as a form of physical fitness. You want to look better, fit into smaller clothes, or just get ripped. Those are great goals, but many people overlook the overall health benefits of the art, including:

    You will always be challenged at Gracie Barra West County.

    There’s a surprising amount to learn in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, starting with basic positions, guard passes, sweeps, transitions and submissions. There are various techniques and methods you can potentially learn as well, and, because no one opponent is precisely the same, you are essentially forced to constantly adapt which of these you employ in a given situation. There are also subtle concepts embedded within the art like balance, leverage, framing, and more. It is highly unlikely you will run out of new things to learn in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at Gracie Barra West County.

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    Discovering Your Best Self Through Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu | Gracie Barra West County

    In addition to getting you back into a workout groove, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at Gracie Barra West County is a great way to improve your mind, body, and spirit. Our instructors provide a welcoming environment, one that promotes development and camaraderie. We do not allow intimidation or hostility.

    To begin your Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu journey and join the Gracie Barra West County family call us today at 314-550-0507 or contact us.

    Monday 4:30–8PM
    Tuesday 12–8:30PM
    Wednesday 4:30–8PM
    Thursday 12–8:30PM
    Friday 4:30–8PM
    Saturday 10AM–12PM
    Sunday Closed

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