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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.

Benefits

  • 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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FAMILY FRIENDLY PROGRAMS

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.

Benefits

  • 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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"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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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!


Brice Woolard


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.


Troy Miles



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.

Jiu-Jitsu Competitions

Gaining the Competitive Edge

February 22, 20245 min read

Gaining the Competitive Edge in Jiu-Jitsu Competitions

Competing in Jiu-Jitsu tournaments requires not only physical prowess but also strategic preparation and mental fortitude. Whether you're a seasoned competitor or preparing for your first competition, having a competitive edge can make a significant difference in your performance on the mats. In this guide, we'll explore various strategies and techniques to help you maximize your potential and achieve success in Jiu-Jitsu competitions.

Table of Contents

Setting Clear Goals

Before entering any competition, it's essential to define your goals and objectives. Whether you aim to win a specific division, execute a particular technique, or simply gain valuable experience, having a clear understanding of what you want to achieve will help guide your training and focus your efforts.

Technical Mastery

Competitive success in Jiu-Jitsu often hinges on technical proficiency. Prioritize drilling and refining fundamental techniques, transitions, and submissions relevant to your game plan. Work closely with your coach to identify areas for improvement and develop strategies to capitalize on your strengths while addressing weaknesses.

Physical Conditioning

Physical fitness plays a crucial role in competition readiness. Develop a comprehensive training regimen that includes strength training, cardiovascular conditioning, and agility exercises tailored to the demands of Jiu-Jitsu. Aim to peak your physical performance leading up to the competition while maintaining a balance to prevent burnout or injuries.

Mental Preparation

The mental aspect of competition is just as important as the physical aspect, if not more. Cultivate mental resilience, focus, and confidence through mindfulness practices, visualization techniques, and positive self-talk. Prepare yourself to stay calm under pressure, adapt to changing circumstances, and maintain a winning mindset throughout the tournament.

Strategic Planning

Approach each match with a well-defined strategy based on your opponent's tendencies, strengths, and weaknesses. Study footage of previous matches to gain insights into their game plan and develop counter-strategies accordingly. Be prepared to adjust your approach dynamically based on the flow of the match and seize opportunities as they arise.

Tournament Simulation

Simulate tournament conditions during training to familiarize yourself with the intensity and pace of competition. Incorporate drills and sparring sessions that mimic the rules, time constraints, and scoring criteria of official matches. Practice maintaining composure, executing techniques under pressure, and strategizing against different styles of opponents.

Adaptability and Resilience

In the fast-paced environment of Jiu-Jitsu competitions, adaptability is key to success. Be prepared to pivot and adjust your game plan based on the unfolding dynamics of each match. Stay resilient in the face of setbacks or adversity, maintaining a positive attitude and focusing on solutions rather than dwelling on mistakes.

Nutrition and Hydration

Proper nutrition and hydration are essential for sustaining energy levels and optimizing performance during competition. Prioritize whole foods rich in carbohydrates, protein, and healthy fats to fuel your training and recovery. Stay hydrated throughout the day leading up to the competition and have easily digestible snacks on hand to replenish electrolytes and prevent fatigue.

Recovery and Rest

Don't overlook the importance of rest and recovery in your preparation routine. Allow adequate time for sleep, relaxation, and recovery activities such as foam rolling, stretching, and massage therapy. Listen to your body and avoid overtraining, especially in the days leading up to the competition, to ensure you're at your peak on tournament day.

Visualization Techniques

Use visualization techniques to mentally rehearse your performance and visualize success in advance. Close your eyes and vividly imagine yourself executing techniques with precision, dominating your opponents, and achieving your desired outcomes. Visualizing success can help build confidence, reduce anxiety, and enhance performance when it matters most.

Conclusion

By incorporating these strategies into your training regimen and competition preparation, you can gain a significant competitive edge in Jiu-Jitsu tournaments. Remember to stay focused, stay disciplined, and trust in your abilities as you step onto the mats. With dedication, determination, and the right mindset, you can maximize your potential and achieve success in the world of competitive Jiu-Jitsu.

FAQ

Q: How can I overcome pre-match nerves?

A: Pre-match nerves are natural and can be managed through relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, visualization, and positive self-talk. Focus on the present moment, trust in your preparation, and embrace the excitement of competition.

Q: What should I eat before a Jiu-Jitsu competition?

A: Aim for a balanced meal rich in carbohydrates, protein, and healthy fats 2-3 hours before your match to provide sustained energy. Avoid heavy or greasy foods that may cause discomfort during competition and opt for easily digestible options such as lean proteins, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables.

Q: How can I recover quickly between matches during a tournament?

A: Stay hydrated, refuel with nutritious snacks, and prioritize rest and recovery between matches. Use compression garments, ice baths, and active recovery techniques to reduce muscle soreness and fatigue. Listen to your body's cues and adjust your recovery strategies accordingly throughout the day.

Q: What should I do if I encounter an unfamiliar technique or situation during a match?

A: Stay calm and focus on maintaining positional control while assessing the situation. Draw on your technical knowledge and problem-solving skills to find a solution or transition to a familiar position. Trust in your training and adaptability to navigate unfamiliar scenarios effectively.

Q: How can I improve my mental resilience and confidence for competition?

A: Cultivate mental resilience through mindfulness practices, visualization techniques, and positive self-talk. Set realistic goals, celebrate small victories, and learn from setbacks to build confidence over time. Surround yourself with supportive teammates, coaches, and mentors who encourage growth and development both on and off the mats.

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