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Why Gracie Barra?

Why Should You Train with Gracie Barra?


Jiu-Jitsu is a Truly Exciting way to Get Fit

Jiu-Jitsu is often likened to a game of human chess.  If you don’t like to work out at a gym because you get bored, you’re not alone.  Many of our students were tired of going to the gym, and they couldn’t find new songs or audio books to entertain them on the treadmill.

They found Jiu-Jitsu to be the perfect workout because it requires a high level of concentration proportional to the amount of calories burned and pounds lost. What’s more, you’ll still learn to defend yourself. It’s a win-win situation.

People are Committed to your Progress in Learning

The folks at Gracie Barra make our school what it is, and you too will soon be one of us.  You’ll be impressed by how committed each and every team member is to your learning.

The instructors, staff and other students make our environment friendly yet demanding and challenging, which stimulates all of us to achieve our best.

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The Renowned Gracie Barra Structure makes your Journey in Learning Smooth & Enjoyable

The class structure is the trademark of all Gracie Barra Schools.  Classes start on time and adhere to a standardized curriculum and class structure.

As a student, you know up front what is expected of you and have a clear understanding of what to expect from your instructors and training partners.  The consistency of this structure combined with the creativity and innovation of our devoted instructors blend perfectly to facilitate your progress.

Community will Change your Life Forever

When you join Gracie Barra, you are not just getting classes.  You become part of a community united by the ideals of the Jiu-Jitsu lifestyle.

Special classes and side events coupled with ordinary classes create a fun and exciting calendar of activities that you and your family will love to take part in.

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Fighting Techniques will be useful Outside the mats, in Real-life Situations

You don’t come to class just to learn how to fight.  You also work hard toward mastering the underlying principles that allow you to succeed on the mats.

When applied to your life off the mats, these principles can bring more balance to your routine and help you reach your true potential.

You can Train All Over the World

There are over 700 Gracie Barra Schools worldwide.  When you join a Gracie Barra school you are free to train at any location while traveling.

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Gracie Barra is an Environment for the Whole Family

One of the most unique characteristics about our schools is our family-orientated approach.

Gracie Barra is proud to be a powerhouse with the most stalwart champions of Jiu-Jitsu in the world while still maintaining a training environment that is welcoming for the whole family: men, women and children.

At Gracie Barra, families find marvellous activities through which to spend quality time together.

You will Train in Germ-free Facilities

Cleanliness is a top priority.  Our schools adhere to the strict standard of cleanliness and hygiene set by Gracie Barra.

Gracie Barra school staff clean the facilities constantly, and all Gracie Barra uniforms are washed regularly.  Our Gracie Barra school mats are cleaned on a daily basis with a specially designed cleaning agent that neutralises bacteria, fungus and odours without detriment to the equipment.

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You Couldn’t Find a Safer Environment

Student safety is our instructors’ primary goal.

Training sessions are supervised at all times, and we have CPR-trained personnel on duty during every class.

More than 30 Years' of Experience Link to our Art’s Roots

A certified Gracie Barra Black Belt instructor is responsible for teaching classes and is committed to Keeping the Legacy Alive.

Our team of instructors are trained in the teaching philosophy and methods of Master Carlos Gracie Jr., the founder of Gracie Barra.  A legacy of over 30 years' of teaching experience is at your service, so you don’t have to worry: you and your family are in great hands.

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Why Gracie Barra?

All Gracie Barra Derby & Ilkeston instructors teach using the principles that have been developed using Master Carlos Gracie Jr’s personal philosophy over a lifetime of growth and development of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

The Gracie Barra values and principles are based on family and community; from students taking their first class, to Black Belts graduating, to athletes competing, to the way our instructors teach – Jiu-Jitsu is for everyone.

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