Mike is a master level practitioner of the martial arts with over 25 years of experience and holding 6 degrees of black belt in various forms of martial arts including a 2nd degree black belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu under Master Carlos Gracie Jr. and professor Marcio Feitosa. Mike has over 30 Podiums in International, National and State martial arts competition including the IBJJF Pan American, Copa Pacifica, and WKSA World Championship making him one of the most decorated and experienced instructors in the area.
Professor Steve is a native St. Louisan and an avid outdoors man. He enjoys archery as well as marksmanship and pursues what ever he does with great passion and vigor. This had lead to a great many accomplishments in a short period of time. Steve is 2-0 in MMA with 2 submissions. He is a multiple time IBJJF medalist including the Pan American and World championships. He is a multiple time NAGA and AGF champion including victories at the AGF national championship.
Coach Dominic began training in martial arts at the age of 16. After competing in a couple kickboxing fights, he found Gracie Barra. He quickly developed a deep passion for jiujitsu and mma. He commits to learning and training in the art full time under professor Mike Buckels. Currently he is the program director, kids coach, and a jiujitsu competitor. He dedicates hours each day to training, striving to attain the highest level of jiujitsu and Martial arts technique possible. Outside of the gym he enjoys hobbies such as hockey, fitness, nutrition, reading, hiking, and exploring new challenging activities.
I started training in martial arts at 7 years old, but I didn’t dedicate my life to jiu jitsu till I was 12. I found Gracie Barra in 2013, and I have been training ever since. I fell in love with the sport, growth, and atmosphere of the gym. I love to compete because it grows not only my jiu jitsu, but also my physical, mental, and spiritual health. I started coaching in 2016, and I plan to keep coaching till I am no longer able. I coach kids of all ages, and I am the BarraFit instructor. I am the wife to Coach Nick and a Christian. In my spare time I enjoy reading, lifting weights and cooking.
I started at Gracie Barra at 11 years old, and it quickly became a passion of mine that has stuck with me over the past 8 years and will continue to be a part of my future. I am now a certified instructor and enjoy being able to inspire others on and off the mats. When I am not on the mats I can be found reading, spending time with friends and family, and improving my physical fitness.
began my jiu jitsu journey at the age of 8 years old in 2010. After falling in love with the art, I immediately began competing and have been an active competitor ever since. I view competition as the best way to improve my jiu jitsu, but my true passion is teaching and coaching kids or adults of any age. I desire to share the art that changed my life in such a positive way with the rest of the world.
Coach Kyle began Martial Arts in 2011, practicing both kickboxing and MMA. He transitioned to BJJ to improve his skills, and before he knew it he was in love with the sport. After competing all over the country and collecting numerous medals, he became both an instructor and personal trainer to spread what he had learned over the years.