Reinforcing Values

The parental decision to invest in a martial arts program for their child is an important one. The program they choose should effectively teach their children the martial skills they want to develop, while reinforcing the values they teach at home.

Unlike many TMA (traditional martial arts) schools Gracie Barra O’Fallon takes a long term approach to child development. We pride ourselves in not being a “belt factory”. Simply put, we do not quickly push your child through a system of katas, forms, and other martial art choreography while at the same time incurring you, as the parent, costs per test and belt. At Gracie Barra in O’Fallon, we DO NOT charge for tests or belts.

Fun and Challenging

While our instructors take pride in the team accomplishments, and those of their students, their primary goal is working with parents to develop healthy, happy, strong and confident young men and women who become outstanding citizens in our community.The Gracie Barra Future Champions Program was created to provide children ages 7 -15 with an environment that allows them to experience and understand core values like focus, self confidence, discipline, persistence, cooperation and respect.

Classes are divided into two age groups (10-12 & 13-15 years of age) and are taught in a fun and challenging group environment with instructors that are attentive to the individual need of the students. GB BJJ is second to none in preparing kids and teens to handle serious situations such as bullying which is more prevalent in this age group and can be more intense with outlets such as social media making it easier to bully.

Discipline and Excellence

As a contact sport, Gracie Barra Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu provides a very challenging yet safe and caring environment for a child to mature towards a real life champion.The outcome of continued childhood practice of GB BJJ goes far beyond the accomplishments on the mats. The discipline and excellence demanded by our instructors often carries over to the child’s behavior at home and at school.

Located in the Hawks Ridge Shopping Center, the Lake Saint Louis facility makes it easy for kids and teens of O’Fallon, Lake Saint Louis and Wentzville to enjoy world class martial arts instruction just minutes from home.

Program Benefits

  • Learning Current Practical and Effective Self Defense
  • Enhanced Coordination & Gross Motor Skills
  • Increased Self confidence & Self Control
  • Improved Behavior & Respect for Others
  • Increased Attention Span & Focus
  • Goal setting and achievement
  • The chance to compete in a great sport

“There is no losing in Jiu-Jitsu. You either win or you learn.” – Carlos Gracie Jr.

The First Class

The first time you come to our school you will be welcomed by our staff. Please arrive 15 minutes before class so you and your children have enough time to prepare for practice. The class will start on time and your child will be asked to walk to the training area where the instructor will be waiting for him or her. One of the assistant instructors or a senior student will be assigned as a helper to assist your child in performing the drills and activities. Parents are encouraged to stay and watch the entire practice.



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.

-Naomi M


  • Empowerment: Builds confidence in one’s ability to defend oneself.
  • Physical Fitness: Enhances overall strength, flexibility, and stamina.
  • Self-Defense Skills: Teaches effective techniques to protect oneself in dangerous situations.
  • Stress Reduction: Acts as a stress reliever through physical activity.
  • Mental Toughness: Develops resilience and mental fortitude.
  • Weight Management: Helps in maintaining a healthy weight through active training.
  • Increased Self-Confidence: Boosts self-esteem through skill acquisition and mastery.
  • Improved Coordination: Enhances body coordination and motor skills.
  • Community and Support: Fosters a sense of belonging and friendship among the students.
  • Heightened Awareness: Increases situational awareness and self-awareness.
  • Enhanced Flexibility: Improves flexibility, reducing the risk of injuries.
  • Better Reaction Time: Sharpens reflexes and quick decision-making abilities.
  • Discipline and Focus: Encourages a disciplined approach to learning and life.
  • Goal Setting and Achievement: Motivates setting personal goals and achieving them.
  • Cultural Exposure: Offers insight into the rich cultural background of martial arts.
  • Improved Balance: Strengthens balance and poise.
  • Healthy Lifestyle Habits: Promotes a lifestyle focused on health and well-being.
  • Patience and Perseverance: Teaches the value of patience and persistent effort.
  • Enhanced Problem-Solving: Develops quick, creative problem-solving skills.
  • Respect for Self and Others: Instills a deep sense of respect for oneself and others.
  • Life-Long Learning Journey: Encourages continuous personal growth and learning.