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Gracie Barra O’Fallon Reviews

Excellent school, with the best atmosphere to train bjj!

Amazing changes in my son in 2 months so far awesome instructors and way of running their program.

Jogging got boring. The gym... too crowded. And, I can't stand to listen to Tony Horton's same ol' jokes on my P90X videos. The perfect answer -- jiu jitsu the Gracie Barra way.

Not only will this place get you back into shape, you'll walk out with a better sense of confidence. [Cliche Warning!] It WILL change your life. It's great for kids too!

And don't worry about muscle-bound meatheads looking to hurt any fresh meat that walks into the door. The first time I walked in, I got a tour of the facility, an introduction to jiu jitsu and a no-risk, no-obligation chance to try a class. The students were just as welcoming and helpful. I can say I've made many new friends and am always amazed how much fun hard work in class can be.

Love this place it's like a second home for my son and I. Coach Colin is great, you can tell he really enjoys what he does. I would recommend this gym to anyone wanting to practice Jiu-Jitsu, no matter what level (jiu-jitsu or fitness) youre at. Great gym, great coaches. Thanks guys

I have been a member of Gracie Barra St. Louis for a little over a year now. Let me start off by saying, it is the real deal! I have attended and done free trial classes at several other martial arts facilities, and none can compare to the professionalism of Gracie Barra. First off, unlike many other gyms, when you walk in to Gracie Barra you'll notice a clean and sanitary facility. Also, everyone is friendly, and you will notice a strong team bond right from the start. The greatest benefit of Gracie Barra, in my opinion, are the instructors. They are all excellent teachers and are genuine, friendly, and knowledgeable guys on and off the mats.You can tell they put 100% of their heart and time into each and every class. These guys will show you the ropes to some of the finest BJJ and MMA around. No matter how athletic you are, thick or thin, old or young, You can count on the instructors to teach you authentic Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and mma while also getting in great shape. Gracie Barra St.Louis is where it's at. I encourage everyone to come be a part of such a great team

Great teachers and awesome atmosphere to learn jiu jitsu!

My daughter has been training at Graccie for 6 months now and loves it. She has 5 years prior training in MMA and loves the struture given at Graccie. They are very thorough and knowledgeable with their teaching of this skilled Art that can be used for a lifetime. I recommend this for anyone.

GB StL is the best place around to train Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. It's instructors, curriculum, and facility are second to none. If you are looking for a place to challenge yourself physically and mentally while training in a fun and safe environment, GB StL offers training at all levels for you to reach your goals. If that doesn't say enough, this is where I go to train to improve my game and my school!
- Coach Beau

The training facility is top notch and always very clean and well maintained. Whether you're someone who's serious about competing in BJJ/MMA or you're doing it because you simply enjoy the challenging workouts and want to develop the skills to better defend yourself- Gracie Barra is the best in St. Louis. The instructors are all very friendly and incredibly knowledgeable. They create an exciting and nonthreatening training environment with classes for all skill levels that have top notch professionally developed curriculum. I don't have any children in the kids classes but have caught the end of a number of them and every child on the mat seems to be having a blast learning the fundamentals of BJJ and making new friends. Learning BJJ is extremely rewarding and I really enjoy completing the demanding workouts with friendly individuals from all walks of life, going to class never gets old because everyone is continually growing and learning together. Anyone considering Gracie Barra St. Louis should try a class out- you'll be glad you did!

i have been training here for almost a year now and many more to come, i can def say its been exciting training with a great group of people , i highly recommend anyone wanting to train in the best martial arts to come join the family at grace barra bjj

I love Gracie Barra! Everyone I met here was very welcoming and the atmosphere was amazing.

This is a great place to learn self defense in a friendly and professional atmosphere.

It's been over a year and a half now at GB STL and I really enjoy it. Great group of people and really feels like a family. Professor Mike and all the coaches are fantastic and show a great love for the art of jui-jitsu. The longer you do jui-jitsu the more you want to learn. Great way to get and stay in shape and make some good friends along the way.

Friendly and hard working enviroment full of people who will help you achieve your goals best self defense you can get

At 48 years old I was only looking for an alternative to the gym to stay in shape, however, beyond my expectations I found in Professor Mike Buckels and his team a safe, respectful, learning environment that can be both as mentally and physically challenging as you would like. The camaraderie there reminds me of my high school days! Jiu Jitsu has also added a new physical/mental/spiritual dimension to my life and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for more than just exercise.

Very professional with great instructors, Coach Colin & Professor Mike are absolutely great! I've been a member for a few weeks now and I have enjoyed every class! I recommend taking the free class, you'll be hooked!

Gracie Barra St. Louis is truly a one of a kind school. The instructors and coaches have cultivated an environment where everyone, regardless of skill, is made to feel that they are a vital member of a team. The family like atmosphere makes everyone feel welcome, and fosters an effective platform for training as your opponents quickly change from simple training partners, to close friends. If you are interested in training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, you wont find a better place to do so. Do yourself a favor, and check it out!

i really love this style of marshal arts. A lot of cool moves that really works and have been training two years and will continue for as long as it takes to hit my goal .thanks professors and coaches and jonny for all you do. love this school you are like my second family.

Gracie Barra isnt just a place to go learn jui jitsu its a team that acts more like a family when you hit the mats. All 3 of my children and I look forward to training each week, my children love the coaches and students so much they often ask to come on my class days just to hang out.

My kids wanted to sign up for BJJ lessons so we went in to talk the folks at Gracie Barra. My wife and I were so impressed with Professor Mike and Coach Colin, that I signed up the entire family. We have been here for almost two years now and wouldn't want to go anywhere else. It truly is a family atmosphere and the staff at GB really care about you and your kids.

Great School, Best Instructors. My son loves it! He's learning about respect and a healthy diet as well as training from 1st class instructors.

Gracie Barra St. Louis is a great school and I highly recommend it. Great Staff and an awesome place to learn.

Gracie Barra St. Louis isn't just a place to learn Jiu Jitsu. Nor is it a place you'll walk into and feel intimidated. It's a community, a family. Everyone is there to help the person next to them learn and grow. It's a place you can always feel comfortable, even if you're brand new. Professor Mike and the coaching staff are nothing short of exemplary, professional, and just all around spectacular. They care first and foremost about everyone on the mat having a good, relaxed time, while learning the techniques. It is a "no tough guy attitude" gym. If you've ever considered learning self defense, or you're just looking to get in shape or maybe you have been interested in martial arts, Gracie Barra is the place for you. Jiu Jitsu for EVERYONE! Kids included! Their kid program is equally phenomenal as their adult programs. Come check it out, it will exceed your expectations while also meeting you where you are.

Gracie Barra Is in my opinion one of the best martial arts schools around. I came here from a life time of bullying in school, and doing jiu-jitsu really turned my life around for the better. The environment in the dojo is something I don't think anybody can explain, you have to come and experience it yourself. The instructors are very polite, and careful of what they teach their students. I can definitely say that this can change anybody life if you are willing to commit to the training and out in all your effort into doing this. I wouldn't say thay this is for everybody, but you would have to give it a shot and see the results first handed. i would recommend this to anybody who wants to change their life, grow in fitness, or just to learn the martial arts.

I spent years bouncing from gym to gym looking for what I found in Gracie Barra. So let me help save you some time and frustration. I competed under olympic world champions (wrestling), and spent time with world champions (boxers), to know a good coach when I see one. Mike Buckles is the only coach in St. Louis I would trust to teach my wife, children, and myself. Both his professionalism and his demand for proper edicate on and off the mat is why I chose to train with Gracie Barra. The term "you get what you pay for" is more than true. I would pay double for the type of character inside this gym. Professor Buckles invest in the lives of his students. You wont find that anywhere else. Gracie has become family to me!

Professor Mike has created a great atmosphere for technical jiu jitsu, whether for use as self defense or competition. Its always great visiting the team in O'Fallon and training with them whenever I get a chance. If you're looking to train in the O'Fallon area in jitsu, MMA, or just to get into shape, this is the place for you. Top notch.

Gracie Barra St. Louis is a great school for anyone of any age to learn the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. The instructors are very knowledgeable and work very closely with all their students to ensure they are continuously improving. GB St. Louis is the best school of BJJ I've ever been a part of!!!!

Amazing martial arts academy. The people here are amazing and really help you learn the techniques everyday for sport and for self defense.

Excellent detailed instruction by professor Mike. Awesome facility and a very welcoming team. Great atmosphere for beginners or advanced students and everyone in between.

This is the most open, honest and well intentioned schools I have come across in St. Louis. After being out of the sport for more than 5 years, I was introduced to my new home with a level of interest that I had never experienced. I knew from my first conversation with the owner that this was nothing like some of the ego/sweat driven MMA gyms in the area. This school is more interested in safety and establishing a healthy environment for teaching and learning than putting bodies in classes. This is rare if not totally unique in St. Louis BJJ/MMA. If you want a pure and healthy learning experience, just try a class for free. With the great diversity this school has attracted, men, women and children of any athletic ability or fitness level will find a similar partner any day of the week.

Structured, organized school with family in mind. Professor Mike and the coaches are great with the kids to keep them engaged, disciplined, and active. Adult classes are well balanced between self-defense and competition Jiu Jitsu. Facility is clean with plenty of space to change and store your gear. Additionally, the dojo's mat is amazing in square footage (easily handling 40+ people in an adult class) and technology (6" suspension flooring). With each student's personal goals and safety in mind, I implicitly entrust Professor Mike and his staff to train my family without worry of injury or judgment.

My son is loving Gracie Barra St Louis. Great instructors and a family friendly environment! I can't wait to get on the mat myself.

My son has been attending Gracie Barra for a few months now. I'm super impressed with how they work with kids and teach them so many valuable lessons.

Great school! Excellent instructors. My son LOVES everything about the school. I have seen a clear change in self confidence since he has started, so much that it was even noted by his teacher on his report card. Outstanding environment if you want to reinforce respect, helpful attitude, positivity and of course the sport itself.

I like the school because they have good coaches and I have made many new friends there. It also made me realize a new hobby that I really like.

This is a great school with a great coaching staff. The kids program is fantastic and I would highly recommend this gym to people of all ages.

The Professor and coaches do an amazing job teaching BJJ to my son and daughter. They are very patient and make learning real life defense fun. Thank you!

My 8 and 12 year old have been here for a year! They absolutely love it and have learned so much! All the instructors are very caring, professional and full of knowledge. Highly recommended!!

I have been going to Gracie Barra for over 2 years and absolutely love it. I would never think about quitting or going anywhere else. The coaching is outstanding and is extremely good fitness for anyone who wants to do it.

Great place to learn BJJ and have a lot of fun, everyone there is very nice and welcoming. The instructors know what they are talking about and you will learn something for sure. 5/5 would recommend to anyone young or old.

I tried Gracie Barra looking for a way to get a fun workout and discovered instead a gym of awesome, outgoing, and intelligent group of people looking to collectively better themselves and everyone who trains here. Over the course of the two months I've been attending classes so far, I've lost weight and gained muscle, mental fortitude, friends, and a ton of confidence, not to mention a good working knowledge of self-defense and sport jiu-jitsu techniques. There's a class every single night, so working it into my schedule has been fairly simple as well.

Needless to say, if you're considering checking out this gym or others, come on in and say hi; all of us are friendly, non-judgmental, and will help you to be a better person.

I've been training at Gracie Barra for a couple months now and that place is AWESOME!!! The people are so nice and patient to help me when I'm having trouble learning a new move. Everyone there is incredibly kind and all people are treated with respect. Professor Mike is an AMAZING teacher who really knows his stuff and all his students get taught really well. So if you are looking for a place to learn the art of self defense, Gracie Barra is the place to do it.

My cousin has been coming here and been trying to get me to come here and I finally brought my kids and they loved it. All the people were really nice and helped us out when we needed it. They are great people and we will definitely come back and bring as many people as we can.

Great staff; coach Amy is amazing with the kids. You can tell they put a lot of thought into the curriculum and it's not just an hour of rolling around and burning energy. I definitely recommend this school!

This is a great place to learn martial arts.They give you all the tools you will need to learn BJJ. Professor Mike is 100% dedicated to his school and students as well as the rest of his coaches.You can tell that is not just a business to him.His students are not just a paycheck. They are a reflection of him and his passion for BJJ.I would recommend anyone that is interested in learning BJJ to come to Graci Barra in O'fallon Mo

I started because I wanted to learn self defense and get into shape. I'm hooked! Professor Mike and the coaches are very informative, effective teachers. They strive for everyone to reach their full potential while remaining safe and having a great time. It's so much fun to roll with friends!

Gracie Barra O Fallon is definitely one of the most welcoming studios/gyms I have ever been to. Don't be afraid to come in and check it out if you are interested in learning jiu jitsu! Very knowledgable and friendly staff!

My son tried a class and loved it and we signed him up. I thought that I could stand to lose a few lbs and was tired of the gym scene and the treadmills. So I decided to try it as well. What a great decision that was! The training is well organized and will definitely put you through your paces. The coaches are outstanding and really want to see everyone improve. I would highly recommend checking them out if you have ever considered trying it. Once you try it you will find how helpful everyone is to helping you reach your goals.

Everything you would expect from an academy with the Gracie Barra name outside of it! The staff at Gracie Barra Jiu Jitsu are top notch when it comes to teaching students. The class sizes are growing but still small enough where if you need help, they are there to assist you and help you understand the move.

What a difference it's made for my 9 year olds confidence level. What he has learned and the enjoyment it brings him is amazing. I highly recommend!

Amazing school! The professor and coaches are invested in the kids and their future. This isn't your run of the mill MA school.

The instructors are wonderful and incredibly patient with the kids. My son and daughter love coming here and they have both learned so much in such a short time. Gracie Barra does an amazing job of teaching the kids defensive techniques and building their self confidence. I would highly recommend this place for even the shyest child.

I would highly recommend this school to anyone! The staff always displays an exceptionally high level of professionalism, discipline, and provide world class instruction. The instructors promote an exceptional atmosphere that allows each student to reach their fullest potential, while respecting each person’s ability.

The kids’ classes are absolutely amazing and my son has enjoyed his time on the mats! His confidence, discipline, and fitness has improved tremendously. The curriculum keeps the kids engaged and eager to learn. He has been attending for about a year and still continues to learn! They also have family classes, as well!

Anyone who wants to learn self-defense, jui jitsu or looking for a different workout, then this is definitely the school for you! Check it out!

Great instructors and atmosphere for any age or skill level.

Best school for the whole family. My boys have gone for over two years and it has helped them in so many ways, confidence, manners, work ethnic, and even in being better students.
I started out in the women's self defense class four months ago and loved it so much I started taking classes, l've lost 20 pounds and feel so much stronger and healthier 🙂

Best BJJ in this area hands down ! True professionals !

Very welcoming group of instructors. These are true martial artists that really care about the people they mentor and train.

This is an awesome place for people of all ages to learn discipline, respect and have fun doing it. My son is hooked and I love the positive energy you feel right when you walk in.

My daughter and I love going to this gym! She is learning self-defense and gaining more confidence. She learns something new in every class and the instructors are fantastic with the kids! I love the respect and discipline they teach, too!

The instructors are wonderful and incredibly patient with the kids. My son and daughter love coming here and they have both learned so much in such a short time. Gracie Barra does an amazing job of teaching the kids defensive techniques and building their self confidence. I would highly recommend this place for even the shyest child.

I would highly recommend this school to anyone! The staff always displays an exceptionally high level of professionalism, discipline, and provide world class instruction. The instructors promote an exceptional atmosphere that allows each student to reach their fullest potential, while respecting each person’s ability.

The kids’ classes are absolutely amazing and my son has enjoyed his time on the mats! His confidence, discipline, and fitness has improved tremendously. The curriculum keeps the kids engaged and eager to learn. He has been attending for about a year and still continues to learn! They also have family classes, as well!

Anyone who wants to learn self-defense, jui jitsu or looking for a different workout, then this is definitely the school for you! Check it out!

Best school for the whole family. My boys have gone for over two years and it has helped them in so many ways, confidence, manners, work ethnic, and even in being better students.
I started out in the women's self defense class four months ago and loved it so much I started taking classes, l've lost 20 pounds and feel so much stronger and healthier 🙂

Gracie Barra isnt just a place to go learn jiu jitsu its a team that acts more like a family when you hit the mats. All 3 of my children and I look forward to training each week, my children love the coaches and students so much they often ask to come on my class days just to hang out.

It's been over a year and a half now at GB and I really enjoy it. Great group of people and really feels like a family. Professor Mike and all the coaches are fantastic and show a great love for the art of jiu-jitsu. The longer you do jiu-jitsu the more you want to learn. Great way to get and stay in shape and make some good friends along the way.