West County Brazilian Jiu Jitsu ( BJJ )
We are located in West County, MO. Also serving Lake Saint Louis and Dardenne Prairie.
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Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Gracie Barra Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is one of the most inclusive martial arts systems available. When you become a part of our family, you will have access to some of the best Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu athletes and coaches available. Your membership is good at over 100+ locations throughout the U.S. and 300 worldwide. Located in the Greater West County area, our Ballwin location makes it seamless for residents in Chesterfield, Maryland Heights, Wildwood, Valley Park, and Ellisville to receive world-class martial arts training close to home.
The Jiu-Jitsu classes offered at our West County location are customer into specific programs that are designed to meet the needs of all students, regardless of experience. If you are looking to get into shape or if you’re a high-level athlete that wants to sharpen your fame in a friendly, challenging, and active environment that is free of pretentious and egotistical attitudes, join one of our adult programs:
What are the essential qualities of an excellent fighter? What does it take for an average person to realize their own potential?
The highest performing fighters follow a common set of principles that help establish and retain their success. Gracie Barra Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu allows individuals to understand respect these core principals through an engaging process that pairs instruction, practice, feedback, observation, live training, and competition.
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Optimize Your Learning
Our West County students undergo an experience that results in gains in strength, fitness, self-defense, and flexibility. By staying true to the lessons learned and applying them off the mats, Gracie Barra students receive an improvement in their overall focus, energy levels, and health.
The Gracie Barra Fundamentals Program teaches basic principles of of efficient fighting to people like you! Our structure compresses a multitude of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu into founding fundamental moves combined with intelligence and safety to expand your learning.
Learn the fundamentals of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Learn the GB Self-Defense System
Increase self-confidence, focus, energy and concentration
Enjoy significant gains in your overall fitness level
Make some new like minded friends
Benefits of Fundamentals
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You will never forget your first class at Gracie Barra!
“Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is for everyone!”Please plan on arriving 15 minutes before schedule as all of our classes start on time. When you line up to begin practice, you will be provided an instructor who has a specific plan for the class. The class routines are always similar so that you know what to expect going into practice. You will learn over 100 technique combinations in just over four months so get ready for this adventure. Peers are strongly supportive, and by the end of class, you will be physically drained but mentally ebullient. Don’t get too tired! We hope to see you back tomorrow, don’t forget you can train as much as you’d like.
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What is next in the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu journey after mastering the fundamentals?
Gracie Barra’s Program Structure defines three stages of student development. First, the Fundamentals Program, Second, the Advanced program, and lastly the Black Belt Program. These stages signify different maturity levels and our students upgrade from one level to the next in their own natural advancement.
The Fundamentals Program focsus on the main building blocks and principles of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsue. Our Advanced program was create with high-level techniques that begin to shape our West County student’s flor through the development of reflex, speed, and reaction, as well as, the seamless transitions between techniques.
Experience Deeper Involvement
After just a few months in the Gracie Barra Advanced program, West County students experience a deep involvement in the philosophy along with a stronger bond to training partners and increased discipline and dedication to healthy habits ensuring they remain in good shape.
Our Advanced Program classes define a class structure and curriculum base that takes a broad, open-minded approach by incorpating techniques pulled from different grappling styles such as judo, sambo, wrestling, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
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Learn the most effective take down techniques adapted to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Develop transitions between Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu techniques
Experience further improvements in overall fitness level
Gain a better understanding of different aspects of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Step up to participate in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitions
Advanced Program Benefits
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Gracie Barra Student
When the practice means more to you than your next belt, you have become a true Gracie Barra student.
New students who are moving up from our Fundamental program will find that the Gracie Barra Advanced Classes are ideal for taking your Jiu-Jitsu skills to the next level. In this stage, you will start developing a game flow, and your instructor will be closely monitoring you to analyze your specific needs. By the end of class, you will engage in live training drills that are active and engaging. Every training partner will wecome you with a range of uniqure challenges that take strategt to effectively overcome. Why wait? Get your uniform and get to class.
Black Belt Program
Is it possible to master Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu? Is there an end to the journey?
The Gracie Barra Black Belt Program is the last stage in our adult program structure. While it represents the students arrive an ultimate level of training it at our school, it also is the means for a new beginning.
The main goal of this program is to advance the development of our Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu students by exposing them to cutting-edge martial arts techniques and their variations. Our program’s curriculum and classes are followed by hour-long live training sessions to help provide a challenging, safe environment so that students are able to progress to their blue and black belts.
An Endless Journey
During the Black Belt Program is when our West County students are able to truly grasp what they have been taught since being white belts; Jiu-Jitsu is an endless journey that offers daily accomplishments which lead to new challenges. The same old arm-bars, fireman carries, kimuras, sweeps, triangle chokes, single leg takedowns, and guard passes, gain new meaning as their Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu game flow becomes more matured and defined.
Gracie Barra students that enroll in the Black Belt Program are rolemodels at our West County school. They take on the responsibility of sharing Gracie Barra training and techniques with new students and play a key role in ensuring a friendly, safe and progressive atmosphere at our school.
“There is no losing in Jiu-Jitsu. You either win or you learn.”- Carlos Gracie Jr.
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Learn cutting-edge BJJ techniques
Achieve greater physical fitness
Train with the best training partners in our school
Work with your instructor to shape a jiu jitsu game developed specifically for you
Start developing your teaching skills
Black Belt Benefits
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Enhance Your Skills
“When you value the journey over the destination, you have become a Gracie Barra Black Belt.”
By participating in our Black Belt Classes, you can guarantee one thing: you will train consistently. This practice generally lasts for two hours, and you are welcome to rest or leave early. However, our instructors will always encourage you to stay until the end of class. No Gi and MMA classes add an additional element of challenge and help students improve control and balance by enhancing their overall skill set.
Schedule a free class!