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Experience the power and discipline of Martial Arts at our Academy

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a martial art that focuses on ground fighting and submission holds. It is known for its effectiveness in self-defense and its ability to enable a smaller person to defend themselves against a larger opponent. At our academy, we offer expert instruction in the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, taught by skilled and experienced practitioners. Our classes are suitable for people of all ages and skill levels, and we have a welcoming and inclusive community of students. Whether you are a beginner looking to learn the basics or an experienced practitioner seeking to refine your techniques, our academy has something to offer you. Join us and discover the physical and mental benefits of training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.


  • Improves physical fitness and conditioning

  • Increases self-defense skills

  • Develops mental discipline and focus

  • Provides stress relief

  • Builds social connections and friendships


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  • Improve Coordination

  • Develop Discipline

  • Mental & Physical Benefits

  • Learn Self-Defense

  • All While Having Fun

With over 1000 schools, Gracie Barra is considered the most trusted martial arts academy in the world. With a family friendly atmosphere and world class instructors, we have everything you need to succeed.

Martial Arts Kids & Teens

  • Martial Arts classes for kids and teens at Gracie Barra Jiu Jitsu Academy are designed to promote physical, mental and emotional development. Our experienced instructors provide a safe and supportive environment where students can learn self-defense techniques, improve their fitness levels and build confidence.

  • Improved Focus and Concentration: Martial arts training helps kids and teens develop focus and concentration, which can carry over into their academic and athletic performance.

  • Increased Confidence and Self-Esteem: Through learning new techniques and successfully practicing them, kids and teens can build confidence and self-esteem, leading to a positive outlook on life

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu For Adults

  • Experience the challenge and reward of our Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes for adults. Our experienced instructors will guide you through the techniques and principles of these martial arts, teaching you how to use leverage and technique to overcome opponents.

  • Regular training can improve cardiovascular fitness, flexibility, coordination, and mental focus, as well as reduce stress. Our classes are suitable for people of all skill levels and we have a supportive and inclusive community. Join us and discover the many benefits of training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu .

Private Training

  • In addition to our group Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes, we also offer private lessons for individuals or small groups. Private lessons are a great way to receive personalized instruction and focus on specific areas of your training. Our instructors are skilled in tailoring the lesson to meet your specific goals and needs. Whether you are a beginner looking to get a solid foundation in the art or an experienced practitioner seeking to fine-tune your techniques, private lessons are a great way to accelerate your progress. Private lessons are also a convenient option for those with busy schedules, as they can be scheduled at a time that works best for you. If you are interested in private Brazilian Jiu Jitsu lessons, please don't hesitate to contact us to learn more.

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Our academy is a family-friendly environment, where people of all ages can come and train in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu together. We believe that training as a family can be a rewarding and bonding experience, and we encourage families to participate in classes together. Our instructors are skilled in teaching Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to students of all ages and skill levels, and are committed to providing a safe and positive learning environment for everyone. Whether you are a parent looking to train with your child or a group of siblings seeking to train together, our academy is the perfect place for your family to learn and grow together. Come train with us and discover the benefits of training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu as a family.

Enrolling in Martial Arts classes at Gracie Barra Jiu Jitsu Academy is an investment in your overall health and well-being. Contact us today to schedule a free trial class.


  • Building Confidence and Self-Esteem

  • Developing Respect and Discipline

  • Improves physical fitness and conditioning

  • Increases self-defense skills

  • Develops mental discipline and focus

  • Provides stress relief

  • Builds social connections and friendships

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Carlos Gracie Jr.

"Jiu-Jitsu is for everyone, young and old, fit and not so fit. It is a martial art that can be practiced by people of all sizes and abilities."



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Certified Gracie Barra instructors have been trained in the methods outlined by our founder, Master Carlos Gracie Jr. himself.

Prof. Vinicius Draculino Magalhaes

6th Degree Black Belt - Head Instructor

Professor Vinicius Draculino Magalhaes is the head instructor of Gracie Barra Texas and Gracie Barra – BH Schools. Prof. Draculino‘s personality, enthusiasm, integrity, charisma and leadership make the essence of GB Texas and GBBH and touch all those around him. A great competition background in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Submission Wrestling and MMA qualifies him as one of the best featherweight competitors in BJJ history. He holds many titles such as: a 4-time Pan American Champion, 1 time no gi pan American champion- 2008, 2 Times Brazilian national champion, 2 Times Silver medalist at the world BJJ championships, MMA lightweight champion in Brazil, Strike Force Feather weight Winner and Abu-Dhabi veteran.

Besides these titles held as a competitor and fighter, Professor Vinicius is considered one of the best instructors in the BJJ world. Among his students, you will find world champions, Pan Ams, national BJJ champions, more than 500 Black Belts, MMA and Grappling champions spread all over the World. Professor Vinicius is also a Lawyer in Brazil and graduated from the UFRJ (Federal University of Rio De Janeiro) which is one of the top three Law schools in the country.

With more than 30 years of teaching experience, he is a primary example of a man who is fully dedicating his life to his children, his wife, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Gracie Barra and its members. “I joined GB because some of my childhood friends were training there and I saw how confident, fit and brave they became.,” Draculino said. “The family atmosphere of the school was at is amazing. I have my blood family and my Gracie Barra family!

You can count that Professor Draculino will be by your side. This is a life long Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu journey and he is here to help in any way he can.

Milton Machado

4th Degree Black Belt - Athlete

Milton Machado was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and began training Jiu-Jitsu in 1995, earning his Gracie Barra Black belt in 2007.

He stands out for being a great jiu-jitsu athlete, with many years of experience in Self Defense also. Milton is a world-class competitor who represents our school very well.

- Multiple times IBJJF Pan American medalist (GI/NOGI)

- IBJJF NOGI American Champion

- NABJJF American Champion (GI/NOGI)

- SJJIF World Medalist (GI/NOGI)

Amanda Sakaya

Brown Belt - Instructor

Amanda Sakaya is the Assistant Head Instructor at Gracie Barra College Station. She was born in Minas Gerais, Brazil and has been training Jiu Jitsu under Professor Milton since 2007 at the age of seven.

Coach Amanda has competed all over Brazil representing Gracie Barra and earning many 1st place finishes. She had earned the rank of green belt in her youth before being promoted to the rank of blue belt at 16 years old, and then purple belt at 19 years old. Now, she has come to the U.S. to spread her knowledge of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu alongside Professor Milton.

Daniel Stelzriede

Purple Belt - Instructor

Daniel Stelzriede started his Jiu Jitsu Journey in 2020 when he was introduced to the art by his now wife Amanda Sakaya. Originally from Diamond Bar California, Daniel was making a living as a Personal Trainer in the Los Angeles County area until his love of Jiu-Jitsu started to grow after taking his first class.

Within his first year of training, Daniel found himself with Jiu-Jitsu and joined together with Professor Milton and Coach Amanda to spread the beautiful art to College Station, Texas. Daniel has found his passion in Jiu-Jitsu not only in training, but in coaching as he transferred his skills and love for teaching as a Personal Trainer now to the mats.

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My 3 sons ages 4, 6, and 8 are loving this school. The instructors are clearly skilled and are great teachers. They know all the students by name and really push them to improve. Very pleased to be a part of this school!

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I’ve been going to this gym for the last couple of weeks and I’m very impressed. Professor Milton runs a very well organized class that makes you feel like you’re training smart and as safe as possible while learning and improving your skills. I would suggest this gym to anyone.

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If you’re looking for a great place to have your kids learn jujitsu this is the spot. Great Coaches and Professor Milton is top notch. Professional, clean, and a friendly environment. Check it out.

Josh Taylor

Such a good atmosphere for learning! Professor Milton and the assistant coachs are all amazing. Both myself and my children attend classes and I could not be happier with the school. Out of the martial art schools we looked into and did trial classes at, this school is by far the best choice

Tina Collum

Professor Milton, Amanda, and Daniel are professional, friendly, and the instruction is excellent at conveying the concepts of Jiu Jitsu. The other students are very friendly and welcoming as well. This is a great place to get involved in martial arts, especially if you’re new to Jiu Jitsu.v

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What is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ)?

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art and combat sport that focuses on grappling and ground fighting techniques. It emphasizes leverage, technique, and strategy to overcome opponents of various sizes and strengths.

Is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu suitable for beginners?

Absolutely! Gracie Barra welcomes students of all skill levels, including beginners. Our classes are designed to cater to individuals with no prior experience in BJJ. Our instructors provide comprehensive instruction and support to help beginners learn and progress at their own pace.

Do I need to be physically fit to start Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?

No, you do not need to be in peak physical condition to begin training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. BJJ itself is a great way to improve your fitness level. Our classes are structured to accommodate different fitness levels, and our instructors will help you gradually develop strength, endurance, and flexibility.

Can children learn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?

Yes! Many Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu academies offer specialized programs for children. BJJ can benefit children by teaching them discipline, self-confidence, respect, and practical self-defense skills in a safe and controlled environment.

What are the benefits of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for self-defense?

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is highly effective for self-defense because it focuses on ground fighting, where many real-life altercations end up. BJJ techniques allow individuals to neutralize and control opponents without relying on size or strength, making it suitable for individuals of all ages and body types.

Will I need any special equipment or gear to start Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?

While it's common for BJJ academies to provide loaner or rental equipment for beginners, you will eventually need to invest in a few essential items. These typically include a BJJ gi (uniform), a mouthguard, and protective gear like knee pads or rash guards. Your academy can guide you on the specific requirements.

How often should I train Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?

The frequency of training can vary depending on individual goals and availability. For beginners, it's recommended to start with a few classes per week to build a solid foundation. As you progress, you can gradually increase training frequency. Consistency is key, so aim for a balance that fits your schedule and allows for recovery.

Are there belt rankings in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?

Yes, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu utilizes a belt ranking system to signify a practitioner's progress and skill level. The traditional belt colors are white, blue, purple, brown, and black. Each belt requires a certain level of proficiency, time in training, and demonstration of technique and knowledge. Advancement in belt rank is typically determined through regular evaluations conducted by qualified instructors.

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Exploring the Benefits of Training Jiu-Jitsu

February 22, 20244 min read

Exploring the Benefits of Training Jiu-Jitsu

Jiu-Jitsu, a martial art originating from Japan and later popularized in Brazil, has gained significant attention worldwide for its numerous benefits. From physical fitness to mental well-being, the practice of Jiu-Jitsu offers a holistic approach to personal development. In this comprehensive guide, we will delve into the multifaceted advantages of training in Jiu-Jitsu.

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Physical Fitness

Jiu-Jitsu is a full-body workout that engages various muscle groups, promoting strength, endurance, and cardiovascular health. During training sessions, practitioners perform a series of drills, techniques, and sparring exercises that require intense physical exertion. These activities help in improving muscle tone, flexibility, and overall physical conditioning.

Mental Strength

The mental aspect of Jiu-Jitsu is equally important as the physical aspect. Practicing this martial art cultivates mental toughness, resilience, and problem-solving skills. Through consistent training, individuals learn to overcome challenges, stay focused under pressure, and adapt to different situations, both on and off the mat.

Self-Defense Skills

One of the primary reasons people are drawn to Jiu-Jitsu is its effectiveness as a self-defense system. Unlike other martial arts that rely on striking techniques, Jiu-Jitsu emphasizes leverage, joint locks, and submission holds, allowing a smaller, weaker individual to defend themselves against a larger, stronger opponent.

Improved Flexibility

Jiu-Jitsu involves a wide range of movements, including grappling, twisting, and stretching. As a result, practitioners experience increased flexibility and mobility in their joints and muscles. Flexibility is not only beneficial for performing techniques effectively but also for preventing injuries and promoting overall well-being.

Enhanced Coordination

The intricate techniques and fluid movements of Jiu-Jitsu require exceptional coordination between the mind and body. Through consistent practice, practitioners develop proprioception, spatial awareness, and timing, which are essential for executing techniques with precision and efficiency.

Stress Relief

Engaging in Jiu-Jitsu can be a great way to relieve stress and tension accumulated from daily life. The physical intensity of training releases endorphins, also known as the body's natural stress relievers, leaving practitioners feeling more relaxed, focused, and energized after each session.

Social Connection

Jiu-Jitsu academies often foster a sense of community and camaraderie among its members. Training alongside peers creates a supportive environment where individuals motivate and inspire each other to reach their goals. Friendships formed on the mat often extend beyond the training facility, enriching one's social life.

Discipline and Focus

The structured nature of Jiu-Jitsu training instills discipline, commitment, and mental focus in practitioners. Learning complex techniques and strategies requires concentration and attention to detail. Moreover, adhering to a regular training schedule cultivates habits of consistency and perseverance.

Injury Prevention

Contrary to common misconceptions, Jiu-Jitsu is relatively safe when practiced correctly under the guidance of qualified instructors. Proper warm-up, technique drilling, and controlled sparring help reduce the risk of injuries. Additionally, learning to tap out and respect one's limits minimizes the chances of accidents during training.

Boosted Confidence

As individuals progress in their Jiu-Jitsu journey, they experience a significant boost in self-confidence and self-esteem. Mastering new techniques, overcoming challenges, and achieving personal milestones contribute to a sense of accomplishment and empowerment both on and off the mat.


In conclusion, the benefits of training in Jiu-Jitsu extend far beyond physical fitness. From mental strength to self-defense skills, flexibility to stress relief, this martial art offers a comprehensive approach to personal development. Whether you're looking to improve your physical health, enhance your mental well-being, or simply learn a valuable skill, Jiu-Jitsu provides a rewarding journey of growth and self-discovery.


Q: Is Jiu-Jitsu suitable for beginners?

A: Yes, Jiu-Jitsu is suitable for beginners of all ages and fitness levels. Most academies offer introductory classes designed specifically for newcomers.

Q: Will I get injured while practicing Jiu-Jitsu?

A: While injuries can happen in any physical activity, the risk in Jiu-Jitsu can be minimized by practicing proper techniques, listening to your body, and training in a controlled environment under the supervision of experienced instructors.

Q: Do I need to be in shape before starting Jiu-Jitsu?

A: No, Jiu-Jitsu is an excellent way to improve your fitness level regardless of your current shape. Beginners are encouraged to start at their own pace and gradually build up their strength, flexibility, and endurance through regular training.

Q: How long does it take to progress in Jiu-Jitsu?

A: Progression in Jiu-Jitsu varies from individual to individual and depends on various factors such as dedication, consistency, and natural aptitude. With regular practice and commitment, most practitioners experience significant improvements within a few months to a year.

Q: Can I train Jiu-Jitsu if I have prior injuries or medical conditions?

A: It's essential to consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new physical activity, especially if you have pre-existing injuries or medical conditions. Your instructor can also provide modifications and guidance to accommodate your specific needs and limitations.

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