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BJJ Lake St. Louis, MO

BJJ in Lake St. Louis, MO. Do you want to become healthier, more mindful, and begin your journey to continual self-improvement? Sign up for our Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, or BJJ, classes in Lake St. Louis, MO. Jiu jitsu teaches values such as strength, honor, and respect, and is open to people of all ages.

If you are ready to evolve as a person and become the best version of yourself, both on and off the mats, join our Lake St. Louis BJJ gym today and start your jiu jitsu journey. For more information, call our team at 636-544-3655 or reach out to us today.

A Brief History Of BJJ

BJJ, short for “Brazilian jiu jitsu”, originated in the early 20th century, when Japanese judo teachers toured the globe to demonstrate this new martial art. One of these judokas was named Mitsyuo Maeda, who eventually demonstrated judo at a circus in the Brazilian city of Belem ran by a man named Gastao Gracie. Gracie was so struck by the art of judo that he had Maeda personally instruct his sons in judo. Several of these sons, most notably Helio and Carlos Gracie Sr., adapted these judo techniques so that they would have more real-world applications. Thus, Brazlian jiu jitsu was born, and through the Gracie family’s “challenges” (where they would go up against stars in other martial arts, such as judo, wrestling, or capoeira, and regularly beat them), the new martial art spread throughout Brazil.

It was not until the 1980s, though, and the advent of technologies like video and cable TV, that BJJ really spread all over the world. Younger members of the Gracie family, including Carlos Gracie, Jr. (founder of Gracie Barra) still made “challenges”, but now they were taped and sold as part of a video series called “Gracies In Action”. As these tapes were bought worldwide, it was only natural for people outside of Brazil to become interested in this strange new martial art called “BJJ”. Additional growth came after the first Ultimate Fighting Championships events, where a Gracie family member twice beat multiple practitioners from other combat sports using BJJ tactics. Mixed martial arts, as this new sport become known, soon greatly grew in popularity, and it quickly became obvious that having a complete BJJ background was the key to success in this sport.

Gracie Barra began in the 1980s as one gym established in Barra da Tijuca, a neighborhood of Rio de Janiero. Many in the BJJ community thought that this new gym would fail quickly, as at that time Barra da Tijuca was a small, underdeveloped suburb of Rio. However, Carlos Gracie Jr.’s skill as a teacher, in addition to his belief that “Jiu Jitsu Is For Everyone”, allowed the school to succeed and grow. Over the years, Gracie Barra students established affiliate schools all over the world to teach BJJ to all who wanted to study it.

BJJ Classes Lake St. Louis, MO

Jiu jitsu is open and welcoming to people of all ages, genders, and experience levels, but it isn’t for the faint of heart. Our BJJ classes in Lake St. Louis are focused on having fun and practicing jiu jitsu at a pace that works for each student, but at the same time, will push you to your limits to evolve into the best fighter you can be. Our available jiu jitsu classes include:

Are you ready to get fit and have fun doing it? Call our Lake St. Louis BJJ academy at 636-544-3655 to schedule a tour or to sign up for one of our classes today.

BJJ Gym Lake St. Louis – Join the #1 Jiu Jitsu Team in the World Today!

Whether you want to shed extra pounds, need an after-school class for your kids, or you are just interested in learning a new skill, our BJJ classes in Lake St. Louis have something for everyone.

Our knowledgeable instructors are prepared to help you make and accomplish fitness goals and continually reestablish your journey towards self-improvement. If you’re ready to learn the art of jiu jitsu and have your limits tested like never before, join our BJJ school in Lake St. Louis today to start your martial arts journey. Afterall, jiu jitsu isn’t just a sport; it’s a way of life. For more information on our programs or instructors, call 636-544-3655 or contact Gracie Barra O’Fallon today.