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BJJ West County, MO

BJJ in West County, MO. Do you want to become stronger, more mindful, and start your jiu jitsu journey? Enroll our Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, or BJJ, classes in West County, MO. Jiu jitsu instills values such as strength, honor, and teamwork, and is available to athletes 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 West County BJJ gym today and embark on your jiu jitsu journey. For more information, call our facility at 636-544-3655 or get in touch with us today.

A Brief History Of BJJ

BJJ, an acronym for “Brazilian jiu jitsu”, originated in the early 1900s, when Japanese judo teachers traveled the globe to show off this new martial art. One of these judo players was named Mitsyuo Maeda, who eventually performed judo at a circus in the Brazilian city of Belem ran by a man named Gastao Gracie. Gracie was so enamored with 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., refined these judo techniques so that they would have more real-life 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 defeat them), the new martial art grew throughout Brazil.

It was not until the 1980s, though, and the start of technologies like cable TV and video, 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 this time they were taped and sold as part of a video series called “Gracies In Action”. As these tapes were bought in multiple countries, it was only logical for people outside of Brazil to become interested in this unique new martial art called “BJJ”. Additional growth came after the first Ultimate Fighting Championships events, where a Gracie family member twice defeated multiple practitioners from other fighting styles using BJJ skills. Mixed martial arts, as this new sport become known, soon greatly grew in popularity, and it quickly became clear that having an experienced BJJ background was the cornerstone to success in this sport.

Gracie Barra began in the 1980s as one gym founded in Barra da Tijuca, a neighborhood of Rio de Janiero. Most in the BJJ community thought that this new gym would be a failure, as at that time Barra da Tijuca was a quiet, underdeveloped suburb of Rio. However, Carlos Gracie Jr.’s ability as an instructor, plus his belief that “Jiu Jitsu Is For Everyone”, allowed the school to succeed and grow. Later on, Gracie Barra team members opened up affiliate schools in multiple countries to teach BJJ to all who wanted to study it.

BJJ Classes West County, MO

Jiu jitsu is great for students of all ages, genders, and backgrounds, but it isn’t for the faint of heart. Our BJJ classes in West County are designed around having fun and practicing jiu jitsu at a speed that works best for each student, but also, will push you to your limits to become the best fighter you can be. Our available jiu jitsu classes include:

Ready to get into the best shape of your life and have fun doing it? Call our West County BJJ gym at 636-544-3655 to request a tour or to join one of our classes today.

BJJ Gym West County – Join the #1 Jiu Jitsu Team in the World Today!

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

Our experienced instructors are ready to help you define 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 West County 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.