A Gracie Barra Introduction

Thanks to our convenient Lake Saint Louis location in the Hawks Ridge Shopping Center, it has never been easier for women of O’Fallon, Lake Saint Louis and Wentzville to enjoy world class martial arts instruction just minutes from home.

Aside from all classes offered in the Adult Gracie Barra Program Structure, our school offers a set of classes designed to introduce women to the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

As a martial art designed to allow the weaker to defeat the stronger, BJJ is a perfect fit for women who are interested in learning how to protect themselves, and who wouldn’t be, right?

Comprehensive Self-Defense

The Gracie Barra Women’s Program combines a comprehensive self-defense curriculum with emphasis on drills that simulate realistic attack and escape situations.

The techniques are complemented by a strong fitness component that is second to none compared to classes offered in regular gyms.

Classes are specially designed for women and social “get togethers” are added benefits to the ordinary GB activities and create a strong bond between the members of the “Gracie Barra Pink Team.”

“Girls compete against each other, but Women empower one another”

Women’s Program Benefits

  • Learn how to protect yourself from most common attacks
  • Develop awareness and self-confidence to deal with typical assaults against women
  • Increase focus, energy and concentration
  • Increase self-confidence
  • Enjoy significant gains in overall fitness level
  • Become part of the “GB Family”
  • Train in over 400 locations in North America and 900 worldwide
  • Free access to the school’s events and special classes

Positive and Friendly

You’ll notice a very positive and friendly environment when you enter our school. Although martial arts can be intimidating for women, this class is definitely not intimidating. You will find a group of women, some of them wearing GB uniforms with pink trim, who are excited to be there and excited to have you there. The instructor will run several basic drills and after a few classes you will catch up with the rest of the group. Once you master the basics you will really enjoy the intensity of a class based on effective self-defense techniques and real life scenarios.

Working Out Is Only Half The Battle

A body positive health coach, helping women build strong, healthy body’s they’ll love, without the ups & downs of dieting


  • Diets where people are told not to eat a certain food increases overeating of that food by 133%
  • More than half of all weight loss is regained within 2 yrs
  • More than 2 yrs after dieting, 83% gain more than they lost
  • The average diet for women lasts 4 weeks


  • Turn your “I should eat healthy” into a natural desire to do so
  • Boost your metabolism, curb your cravings & enjoy the foods you love without overindulging (guilt & shame free)
  • Eat to support your overall health, energy & vitality
  • Conquer emotional eating patterns & overeating

Resource: Whole Bean Wellness



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.

-Jessica C


  • 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 supportive community of fellow women practitioners.
  • 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.