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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.

A Transformative Journey

The Difference Jiu-Jitsu Makes for Kids

February 22, 20245 min read

The Difference Jiu-Jitsu Makes for Kids: A Transformative Journey

Jiu-Jitsu isn't just a martial art for children; it's a transformative journey that shapes their character, builds their confidence, and equips them with essential life skills. From physical fitness to mental resilience, the impact of Jiu-Jitsu on kids is profound and far-reaching. In this guide, we'll explore how Jiu-Jitsu makes a difference in the lives of children and why it's more than just learning self-defense techniques.

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Physical Fitness

Jiu-Jitsu training provides children with a fun and engaging way to stay physically active and healthy. Through a combination of drills, exercises, and sparring sessions, kids improve their strength, endurance, flexibility, and coordination. Regular practice helps them develop a strong and resilient body capable of meeting the demands of daily life.

Self-Confidence

One of the most significant benefits of Jiu-Jitsu for kids is the boost in self-confidence it provides. As children learn new techniques, overcome challenges, and progress through belt ranks, they gain a sense of achievement and belief in their abilities. This newfound confidence extends beyond the mats, empowering children to tackle challenges and pursue their goals with determination and resilience.

Discipline and Focus

Jiu-Jitsu training instills important values such as discipline, focus, and perseverance in children. Following a structured curriculum, adhering to dojo etiquette, and practicing techniques with attention to detail require discipline and concentration. Kids learn to stay focused on the task at hand, set goals, and work diligently to achieve them, laying the foundation for success in academics, sports, and life.

Problem-Solving Skills

Jiu-Jitsu is often likened to a physical game of chess, requiring strategic thinking and problem-solving skills. Children learn to anticipate their opponent's movements, adapt to changing circumstances, and find creative solutions to overcome obstacles on the mats. These problem-solving skills are transferable to various aspects of life, helping children navigate challenges with confidence and resilience.

Respect and Empathy

Respect for oneself and others is a fundamental principle of Jiu-Jitsu. Children learn to treat their training partners, instructors, and opponents with respect and courtesy, regardless of age, rank, or background. They also develop empathy and understanding by learning to see situations from different perspectives and appreciating the value of teamwork and cooperation.

Emotional Regulation

Jiu-Jitsu training teaches children how to manage their emotions in a healthy and constructive manner. Whether it's dealing with frustration after a failed technique or controlling excitement after a victory, kids learn to regulate their emotions and maintain composure under pressure. This emotional resilience serves them well both on and off the mats, helping them navigate the ups and downs of life with grace and equanimity.

Teamwork and Cooperation

Jiu-Jitsu is not an individual sport; it requires teamwork and cooperation to succeed. Children learn to work together with their training partners, communicate effectively, and support each other's progress. They understand that their success is intertwined with the success of their teammates, fostering a sense of camaraderie and mutual respect that extends beyond the dojo.

Goal Setting and Achievement

Setting and achieving goals is an integral part of the Jiu-Jitsu journey for kids. Whether it's mastering a new technique, earning a stripe or belt promotion, or competing in a tournament, children learn the importance of setting realistic and achievable goals and working diligently to accomplish them. This sense of achievement builds confidence, self-esteem, and a lifelong habit of striving for excellence.

Fun and Enjoyment

Above all, Jiu-Jitsu should be fun and enjoyable for kids. The dynamic and interactive nature of classes keeps children engaged and motivated to learn. The camaraderie and friendships formed on the mats create a supportive and nurturing environment where kids feel safe to explore, grow, and express themselves authentically.

Conclusion

The difference Jiu-Jitsu makes for kids goes beyond physical fitness and self-defense; it's about nurturing the holistic development of children's character, confidence, and resilience. By instilling values such as discipline, respect, and teamwork, Jiu-Jitsu empowers children to become resilient, compassionate, and capable individuals who are well-equipped to face life's challenges with courage and integrity.

FAQ

Q: Is Jiu-Jitsu safe for children?

A: When taught by qualified instructors in a safe and controlled environment, Jiu-Jitsu is generally safe for children. Instructors prioritize safety by teaching proper technique, supervising drills and sparring, and providing guidance on injury prevention. It's essential for children to wear appropriate protective gear and follow safety protocols during training.

Q: Will Jiu-Jitsu training make my child more aggressive?

A: No, Jiu-Jitsu training is not about promoting aggression but rather teaching children how to control their bodies and emotions in a respectful and disciplined manner. Children learn to use their skills responsibly and understand the importance of non-violent conflict resolution.

Q: How can I support my child's progress in Jiu-Jitsu?

A: Encourage your child to practice regularly, attend classes consistently, and set realistic goals for their Jiu-Jitsu journey. Celebrate their achievements, provide positive reinforcement, and offer encouragement during both successes and setbacks. Additionally, ensure your child has proper equipment and attire for training and competitions.

Q: At what age can children start training in Jiu-Jitsu?

A: Many Jiu-Jitsu academies offer classes specifically designed for children as young as 4 or 5 years old. It's essential to choose a program that caters to the developmental needs and abilities of young children and emphasizes fun, safety, and age-appropriate instruction.

Q: How can I help my child overcome nerves before a competition?

A: Help your child manage pre-competition nerves by offering reassurance, positive reinforcement, and practical strategies for relaxation such as deep breathing or visualization techniques. Encourage them to focus on the process rather than the outcome, emphasizing enjoyment and personal growth rather than external pressure or expectations.

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