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WHY GRACIE BARRA?

Welcome to Gracie Barra, a renowned global community of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioners dedicated to transforming lives through the art of BJJ. Founded by Master Carlos Gracie Jr., Gracie Barra has established itself as a leading force in the world of martial arts, offering much more than just self-defense techniques. It’s a place where people of all ages and backgrounds come together to cultivate physical fitness, mental resilience, and a sense of camaraderie that extends beyond the mats.

MISSION

At Gracie Barra, we believe that Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu extends far beyond the confines of a physical discipline. It is a way of life that nurtures mental fortitude, resilience, and personal growth. Through our classes and programs, we strive to create a positive environment where individuals of all ages and backgrounds can thrive, embracing Gracie Barra’s motto of “Jiu-Jitsu for Everyone.”

Our dedicated instructors at Gracie Barra are not only accomplished practitioners but also compassionate mentors who instill the core values of respect, discipline, and humility in each student. We recognize that the journey towards mastering Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is as much about personal growth as it is about acquiring technical skills. We emphasize the development of character, fostering a sense of community, and building strong bonds that extend beyond the mat. Join us at Gracie Barra and experience firsthand the transformative power of Jiu-Jitsu, tailored to fit the needs and aspirations of each individual, in line with our motto of “Jiu-Jitsu for Everyone.”

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Brian Bisbee
Brian Bisbee
2023-10-20
I joined after the 1 week trial and am hooked. Joel has a great team and all of the coaches are amazingly talented and hold you accountable for your training. All of the teammates are extremely friendly and supportive. No drama, no toxicity and no egos - makes for a fun experience all around.
Bill Benton
Bill Benton
2023-10-09
I absolutely love attending Jiu Jitsu classes at Gracie Barra Research Forest. Professor Joel Heinen, his coaches and staff are always professional, kind, courteous and take the time to help everyone understand and get the most out of their time. During the instructional part of any given class all of the Professors or Coaches always ask if anyone has any questions or needs to see it again before giving something a try. No matter the question they make time to answer. After a technique is demonstrated they walk around and help people learn/figure it out/improve. Gym is always clean, everyone's friendly.. you name it.... It's A+. If you're thinking about trying Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, definitely do! See you on the mats!
J S
J S
2023-10-09
Phenomenal gym!! The head instructor, Joel, is a dedicated coach, athlete, and leader. Beautifully built and high quality mats make for a great training facility from kids to adults.
Anna Yoder
Anna Yoder
2023-10-09
We love this gym! The coaches are very supportive and knowledgeable, and do a great job building confidence in kids.
Rodney White
Rodney White
2023-10-09
I can't say enough positive things about this place. From the moment I walked in, the atmosphere was welcoming and inclusive. The instructors are incredibly knowledgeable, patient, and dedicated to helping students improve their skills. The classes are well-structured, challenging, and suitable for all levels. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced practitioner, this gym provides a supportive environment to learn and grow. I highly recommend this gym to anyone interested in learning jiu jitsu, getting in shape, and being part of an amazing community.
Gonzalo Sanchez
Gonzalo Sanchez
2023-10-09
Prof. Joel is one of the best I have interacted with. Highly recommended.
Jeanette Lawrence
Jeanette Lawrence
2023-10-09
Couldn’t have made a better switch from the previous facility the Gracie Barra, more structure, more coaches on the mat and the coaches actually care.
Steve Hernandez
Steve Hernandez
2023-09-20
I visited GB Research Forest, as I was caught in the north side of Houston and would not be able to make it to my home GB on time. Got there a little earlier than the adults class started and man what a site! The WHOLE mat space was taken up by a awesome kids class all of them having fun and learning from dedicated instructors! The time for adults came and Professor Joel was so awesome and welcoming, he has an awesome team of high level grapplers helping him, everyone was so welcoming it was like a 2nd home. The training was great many higher belts and many newer people as well. The class was taught by Dylan who himself is a world ranked grappler!!!! I would definitely recommend this gym and atmosphere for ANYONE trying to start or continue their jiu jitsu journey. The culture this gym has is very hard to come by! The facility is new, clean, and has RR and showers! Find what you are looking for all in one place if you are just trying to get a workout in stop by, if you’re looking for Porrada, stop by! Would give 10/5 stars definitely one of the best GB in the Houston area hands down!