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Self defence training

Defend yourself with Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu training

Self Defence Training

Gracie Barra Jiu-Jitsu is one of the world’s most effective martial arts for self-defence. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, often referred to as BJJ is a brilliant way to learn real-world self-defence while also getting fit, making new friends and providing emotional and developmental growth. Gracie Barra has refined this martial art form over decades and created a trademark training structure that will train you to be prepared for anything.


There are a lot of strengths to glean from BJJ training. The biggest one is learning how to deal with hostile situations. Brazillian Jiu-jitsu training allows you to develop key skills to judge a situation and respond accordingly. Jiu-jitsu also focuses on taking your opponent down to the ground and keeping them there. The ground fighting techniques are the core of Jiu-jitsu and give you the upper hand and much needed time to deal with a situation. 

Along with the ability to fend off attackers and assault, BJJ also develops your strength and conditioning. In addition to an increase in your overall fitness level, you can expect benefits including mental strength, motivation, cooperation, focus, discipline and personal growth through regimented training schedules. Whether you want to lose weight or condition, our self-defence focused Brazilian Jiu-jitsu classes are a fun way to do it. 

An added benefit of self-defence training is the Gracie Barra brotherhood. Our students learn and grow together in a support structure that breeds friendship, guidance and support. You’ll find joining a class not only makes you feel safer but also gives you self-confidence and a growing circle of friends and like-minded colleagues.

The consistency of this structure combined with the creativity and innovation of our devoted instructors blend perfectly to facilitate your progress.

Why Gracie Barra

Gracie Barra is a stalwart of Brazillian Jiu-jitsu. From our roots in Rio de Janeiro, we have grown into a worldwide academy teaching students of all ages and abilities. Our standardised curriculum and class structure let you know what is expected of you and what you can expect to learn from your instructors. This consistency provides the bedrock for your progress while the innovation of our devoted instructors create a fun and enjoyable place to learn self-defence.

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"Be so strong that nothing can disturb the peace of your mind. – Carlos Gracie Sr."

We are Gracie Barra

At Gracie Barra Nottingham and Gracie Barra Arnold, you are a part of an extended family. You will join a team that will support you in your quest for self-improvement and the development of knowledge and skills to meet the challenges of life like a black belt.

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Why Gracie Barra

Our team of instructors are trained in the teaching philosophy and methods of Master Carlos Gracie Jr., the founder of Gracie Barra. A legacy of over 30 years of teaching experience is at your service, so you don’t have to worry: you and your family are in great hands at Gracie Barra Nottingham and Gracie

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