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Before you decide to start, please come and just watch one of our trainings.
The best time to come and watch is on Monday, Wednesday or Friday at 7:30PM.

Come and see for your self how we do it, how are the atmosphere and conditions for training. If you like everything, you are welcome to join the biggest Jiu-Jitsu team in the world with over 900 schools on 6 continents.


What is Gracie Barra Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?


The benefits of Gracie Barra West Island Brazilian Jiu Jitsu are far reaching and will touch every aspect of your life. At Gracie Barra West Island, our students become leaders. Gracie Barra West Island nurtures your independent thinking, supports your fighting spirit, and helps you achieve your personal BJJ goals.

Through GB BJJ, you will begin to understand yourself, on and off the mats, in ways you never imagined. You will test your limits and become the best you can be. GB respects that each student has their own goals and we support you in reaching them. The more you train, the better you will become and the more completely you will reach your true potential in life.

GB BJJ is for anyone who wants to learn how to defend him or herself in combat. What most people don’t know, is that GB BJJ will also allow you to apply those same principles to fighting the daily battles of life, like weight loss, stress, relationship issues, and self-confidence. You will learn how to think through problems more constructively than before, on and off the mats.

At Gracie Barra West Island, you are a part of an extended family. You will join a team that will support you in your quest for self-improvement. Training the techniques and participating in live training sessions, with your partners and coaches, will give you an arsenal of weapons at your disposal whenever you should need them. The more you train, the more you will arm yourself with knowledge and skills to fight all your battles in life like a black belt.



At Gracie Barra America we strive to help students get the most out of their training. For students with consistency and dedication, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu becomes a life-style and students can readily enjoy all the benefits of the Jiu-Jitsu or the ?Gentle Art?.

Working from the assumption that Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu must be embraced as a lifelong journey, Master Carlos Gracie Jr. has designed an effective learning plan or program of study that allows for students to naturally progress from the white belt to the black belt. Thus, classes and their respective curriculum at Gracie Barra America are not isolated from one another, but elements of a larger structured learning plan called ?Programs?.

Gracie Barra Programs are comprised of six (6) main elements:


  • Curriculums: Set of coordinated techniques organized in the best possible way to facilitate students’ learning processes. All Gracie Barra curriculums are 16 weeks;
  • Pre-requisite: The minimum level a student must possess or have accomplished in order to enroll in a specific program;
  • Class: The defined period of time during which the student learns the techniques that comprise the curricula using several di fferent training methods or appropriate instructional techniques;
  • Training Methods: Specific drills and training practices designed to convert the knowledge represented in the curricula and taught by the instructor into knowl edge and skills, insuring that the student is able to apply their knowledge and techniques under real circumstances (or under authentic conditions);
  • Minimum Attendance: minimum attendance required from the student so him or her can progress and be updated with the GB Curriculums;
  • Belt System: Hierarchical rank structure designed to represent students’ progress, according to their own potential. The International Brazilian Jiu-Ji tsu Federation (IBJJF) ranking system is used for all Gracie Barra Programs.

All Gracie Barra students have the dream of becoming a black belt. However, this is not an easy goal and a lot of consistency and dedication is required. To fulfill the promise of facilitating students’ learning, Gracie Barra Programs are structured logically to keep students motivated to learn, practice and perform.

A typical Gracie Barra student starts with an introductory class, where he or she will learn the overall self-defense strategy of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and afterwards enroll in the Gracie Barra Fundamentals Program. After four (4) months of training and learning all the techniques comprising the Fundamental’s curriculum, the student will be recommended to join the Gracie Barra Advanced Program. With eight (8) months of training and experience, the student will have the maturity level and enough knowledge to enroll on the Gracie Barra Black Belt Program. It is in the Gracie Barra Black Belt Program where he or she will be exposed to all kinds of training dynamics, including MMA, BJJ No-Gi and high level BJJ-Gi, so that the student develops his or her own Jiu-Jitsu game, strategy and technique(s).

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a beautiful art and everyone is capable of learning it and enjoying its many benefits. Gracie Barra Programs reflect more than thirty (30) years of Master Carlos Gracie ‘s teaching experience and have succeeded in improving the life quality, self-esteem, discipline and health of thousands of individuals around the world, as well as building some of the best BJJ fighters ever known.


What is Jiu-Jitsu?

Jiu-Jitsu is self-defence martial art which uses principles of bars, angles, pressure and momentum but also knowledge of human anatomy in order to establish non-violent control and forcing opponent to surrender.
Jiu-Jitsu is focused on shortening the distance and close contact, controlling techniques and applying of chokes and joints manipulations.

Jiu-Jitsu name comes from Japanese words ”JU” which means GENTLE and word ”JUTSU” which meand ART and therefore the literal meaning of words can be translated to  GENTLE ART.
In real fight, GENTLE ART can be understood in a way that when the principles of Jiu-Jitsu are well performed and in the right moment, that wont use the strength equivalent to strength of the opponent.

How and why is Jiu-Jitsu created?

Jiu-Jitsu is made in and for the fight! It is created as a need of creators as a physical non dominant fighters to be able to enter the fight with much heavier and physical stronger opponents and win.

In moment of creation, the founder of Jiu-Jitsu, Master Carlos Gracie Sr. and his brothers used Japanese Judo in fights with much heavier and stronger opponents(mostly boxers and wrestlers) with low amount of rules. They were mostly losing those fights because they couldn’t apply the principles learned from Judo because of their handicap by being much lighter and physical weaker from their opponents.

Using techniques and principles from diferent martial arts, intuitive movements that reminds on animal moves and changing them by time and adopting them to their weaker bodies with experience they got from the fights, new martial art was created which was diferent from Judo they know until than. By time that art becomes unbeatable and creators named it Jiu-Jitsu (Brazilian).

Is Jiu-Jitsu sport or selfdefence ?

In its core, Jiu-Jitsu is self-defence martial art.
If we practicing as the founders did, most of the people would not see the difference from todays MMA.
However, in order to be able to train and practicing Jiu-Jitsu safely, certain safety rules are applied by time.
Those rules are later amended in a way to be able to learn to fight from them and later from those rules Jiu-Jitsu as sport was made.
Sports way including sports ethics as well as sets of rules which makes students safe
The way we practicing sports fight with applying of points rules system is a way that teaches us to apply the art in moment of real fight (self-defence)

That way is something that differs Jiu-Jitsu from all other martial arts.

When is the best moment to start training?

Right now. If you start training before 8th years old, you can hope for some serious results on competitions in sport and career as competitor but that is not our primary goal.

Primary goal is to learn all the principles of martial art and to perfect them by time.

It is not enough to learn those principles and not to test them in fight.

Jiu-Jitsu teaches us that without testing we can learn how to fight and therefore we cant apply what we learned.

It takes time, but advantages of sparing on every training session (from the moment practitioner starts with sparings) makes that for a short amount of time, practitioners can use what they learned and specially in self-defence situations.

Therefore thre is not ideal time for start but ideal moment and that is always a wish and motivation to start something new in life which will change far more our life for better in any way which go far beyond only physical focus.

High degree Black Belts are those people who deserved those degrees with years of practising and competing and those degrees are highly respected because of all of sacrifices and commitment to that goal.

If you want to learn, you have to come, try and persevere when all others give up.

How Jiu-Jitsu training looks like?

After warm-up, which last 7-10min. where all the focus are on functional exercises, members can take a water break. 

Second part of training is used for practicing techniques and tactics through creating certain motorik and muscles memories through understanding, repeating.

Intensity of this part of training is defined by the practitioners themselves and by this they usually pair by themselves. Second part of training is 20-30min.long.

Third part of training is reserved for situational sparings where all members follow coaches tasks and trying to complete them.

Situational sparings are strictly controled with tasks and rules so safety is on high level.
Last part of training is full sparing. That is the most interesting part of training because it is used to apply all learned in fight.

We in GB don’t allow to beginners to spar at least for 3 months or until they start feeling self-confident to try but not before the moment they learn enough to know what are they need to do and not to hurt themselves or they sparing partners.

In that moment, coach will asign one higher belt who takes them in sparing with caution and safety measures. After that sparing, members are continuing with sparing in a way they want.

No mater that fight is controled with strict rules for safety , members are sometimes felt endangered in a way they still couldnt recognize and control and then they can hur themselves or their sparing partners . Therefore the rule regarding not-sparing is strictly in starting.

How can I prepare myself for Jiu-Jitsu?

Any physical exercises are good for the body and mind.

Keeping in mind that Jiu-Jitsu is specific because it uses principles that are not wide known to others activities, there is no ideal preparations for starting except Jiu-Jitsu by itself.

Athletes who start training, experiencing adaptation to intensity of training equally as the one who starts unprepared.

There is no need to prepare yourself to start training. It comes with it.

Whoever trains Jiu-Jitsu, builds their body and spirit and by time regulates they body in best possible way they need for proper functioning in every day life.

Do i have to compete ?

They are not. Competitions are not obligatory nor they should be. They are just one of the tools that we use to perfect ourself and stay sharp minded. Competitions are made for us to repair and perfect ourself as fighters and thats why are recomended for every practitioners to try it at least once. One of the crucial part of understanding Jiu-Jitsu lies in competitions.

The most important part of Jiu-jitsu is training and everything else can be implemented or not later .

Is MMA obligatory in Jiu-Jitsu?

NO. Jiu-Jitsu can be always practice as a sport or at least recreational level. However, it is advised for advanced members that once they try it and perfect themselves in fighting and specially in striking.

What do I need to start training?

Good will. You have to have will and wich to start training. No one else can give you this. Jiu-Jitsu will take care for everything else.
Jiu-Jitsu is universal language that all practitioners use to talk and learn.

What equipment do I need to start?

Shorts (sweat pants), t-shirt, slipers and water bottle for start. When you start doing sparings you will need mouthguard also. After max.one month of training you have to get a GI. With Gi, you are starting to learning Jiu-Jitsu seriously. With grips everything changes.
Situations in fight with no exit will teach you to solve them fast in the future until they stop to exists.

Is there danger from hurting?

They do in every sport. It is up to you which intensity you will use to train and will you hurt your self or not.

What I need to pay special attention to?

Jiu-Jitsu is partially wrestling discipline which demand close contact so therefore is very important that intensity of training stay focused on low force repeating and movement to be safe from serious injuries and bad atmosphere on training between students.

Hygiene is extremely important! All students should attend trainings clean, short nails, and with clean equipment to not hurt your self and your partners. You feets should be cleaned and washed before class and you should always and everywear wear your slippers except on the mats. Where you put your foot, someone with put their face and vice versa. Do not get out from the mats to the toilets without your slippers! Wash your mouthguard regularly and change them regularly with new ones unless you want serious bacterias issues in your mouth. Do not come on trainings with any of skin issues before you consult the instructors. If you get some skin issues, do not come to class because of risk of exposure to many others. Do not come ill on classes . You will not cure yourself with excessive sweat but put yourself to risk more and others.
Be and always stay responsible for you and others!

What is your advice to progress quickly and not stagnate?

Constancy is the only secret of Jiu-Jitsu.

There is no stagnation( ie. slow progress). Everything comes in its time for everyone. Everyone is an individual for himself and has his own pace of progress. The brain needs time to process what it has learned and transfer it to the body in order to function better and think and act faster and more fluidly.

This takes time, which sometimes seems like stagnation to students, but it is not like that. It is this stagnation that means that the time has come to learn and stay in you.

Many exercisers have a great desire to reach a certain level as soon as possible, and on that path they force their body and spirit with the number of trainings.

Jiu-Jitsu seeks the time it uses to learn and it cannot be accelerated without consequences. Always be aware of that.

The most important thing is to enjoy classes and Jiu-Jitsu and to experience the fight as a constant improvement of yourself as a fighter and there is no end to it…

But that is why it is challenging and enlightening for everyone. If you strive for a certain goal that is unattainable for you and unrealistic in expectations, you will be driven by ambitions and you will be unhappy because you have not yet reached where you intended.

Instead, always be like when you first came to training, eager for knowledge and full of enthusiasm, and your progress will always be obvious and you will be satisfied and happy with how Jiu-Jitsu has rebuild you!