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Children’s Martial Arts in West County (Age 4-9)

Can a martial art support a parent’s instruction?

Reinforcing Values

Deciding to invest in martial arts classes for your child is an important choice to make. The program your child chooses to participate in should properly teach them the techniques of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with an emphasis on values to use in their daily lives.

Unlike most traditional martial arts school, Gracie Barra West County takes on a deep-rooted approach to a child’s development. We honor ourselves in not being a belt factory, and we will not push your child through a system of katas, forms, and other martial art choreography. In an effort to prove our devotion, we do not charge for tests or belts.

Teaching Defensive Skills

Ultimately, our team wants to teach the highest standard of Jiu-Jitsu possible, but our main goal is to work with parents in developing strong, confident, respectful, and healthy boys and girls who will become excellent people who are good to their communities.

Our martial arts classes are taught in a welcoming, fun, and challenging group environment, and our instructors pay attention to the needs of each of our students. Our children’s program is split into two age groups; one caters to 4-6 year-olds while the other is ideal for kids ranging from ages 7-9. By implementing age appropriate learning, we are also able to provide a better instructor to student ratio. Our classes focus on physical fitness, auditory skills, and starts the basic instruction of defense and bully prevention through the fundamentals of the Gracie Barra Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu system. We also offer live training and competition prep for children that want to pursue competitions. Competitions are always a choice and never a requirement at our academy.

Program Benefits

  • Learning Practical and Effective Self Defense

  • Enhanced Coordination & Gross Motor Skills

  • Increased Self confidence & Self Control

  • Improved Behavior & Respect for Others

  • Increased Attention Span & Focus

Custom Curriculum

Children throughout West County including in areas such as Creve Coeur, Clayton, Town and Country, Maryland Heights, Webster Groves, and more, now have the chance to join a one-of-a-kind class structure that is a collective effort of Jake Martin, Jonny Kruse, Brad Lentz, Jody Token, and Jennifer Minor. Professor Jake Martin has over 25 years of experience and holds six degrees of black belts in various forms of martial arts including a 2nd-degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Master Carlos Gracie Jr. and Professor Marcio Feitosa. With Jake’s background and dedication to Gracie Barra, you can ensure that we can accommodate any learning style. With this approach, our visual learners, tactile learners, auditory learners, and kinesthetic learners can bloom as they carry out what they’ve learned from the professionals.

The First Class

Aside from being self-defense, playing Jiu-Jitsu is a competition sport and a type of exercise that our West County students just can’t get enough of. We are a family first martial arts school; when you come to visit you will experience a family-friendly atmosphere that our students treat as a second home. We welcome you to test out a free class to see for yourself how beneficial Jiu-Jitsu can be for your child!

When you step food into our Academy, you will be welcomed by a team member from our friendly staff. It is important that you arrive 15 minutes prior to the beginning of class so that you and your children have time to prepare and practice. The class will begin on time, and your child will be required to walk the training area where an instructor will be waiting. One of our assistant or senion students will be assigned to assist your child in performing drills and activities. We encourage all parents to stay and watch the entire practice.

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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 zoom.us. 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!