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Coach David Derstine

I discovered Jiu-Jitsu through the Modern Army Combatives Program while I was enlisted in the U.S. Army. I quickly became passionate and excited about grappling; mastering the martial arts became my life goal from that point on. Once I finished my contract, I almost immediately began studying at Gracie Barra in St. Louis under the teachings of Professors Mike Buckels and Jake Martin. Now almost four years into my journey, I train and compete avidly to hone my craft. I have earned medals in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and have recently been spending my free time practicing Judo. I will continue to compete and master my skills for as long that I am able. My goal is to guide individuals with my passion and knowledge; to anyone willing to accept the effort that it takes.

Important update regarding COVID‑19

To ensure the health of our students and instructors during this difficult time, Gracie Barra O’Fallon, West County & Washington’s physical classes are currently suspended until further notice due to the COVID-19 outbreak. As always, our priority is helping our students stay healthy and safe.

We have moved to a virtual instruction format while we are under a shelter at home order. We have a virtual classroom via Current students, please check your email to access our virtual classroom that is exclusive to Gracie Barra O’fallon, West County and Washington students. Our virtual instruction class schedule can be found here.

Prospective students, we are still here and working, please do not hesitate to reach out to us so that we may answer any questions you might have about becoming a Gracie Barra member!