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Throughout Gracie Barra’s 13 years in Nottingham, we’ve witnessed the transformative power of Jiu-Jitsu in the lives of our students. We could speak endlessly about the benefits of Jiu-Jitsu, but we believe that there is no better testament to its impact than hearing it first-hand from our students. In this blog we are proud to share the experiences of both students and parents whose lives have been enriched through their Jiu-Jitsu journey with us at Gracie Barra Nottingham and Gracie Barra Arnold.

“My Son (14 yr) started attending last September, I’ve seen an improvement in self confidence, behaviour & work ethic (even at school). He’s made friends within his class and enjoys every session, gets on with all the coaches. He had no previous experience and we would thoroughly recommend to anyone!”

“Amazing place, I have two sons and two daughters and myself that train at GB Nottingham. Everyone is very friendly and helpful. 5 years now as a member and I’ve enjoyed every moment of my journey. If you’re looking for an activity that gives you health, confidence, challenges, focus, GB Nottingham is definitely for you and the family.”

“I absolutely love the Arnold Gracie Barra. My son started when he was 3.5 in tiny champions and is now almost 6 in little champions. It’s given him discipline, confidence and encouraged him to work independently and help others. The energy the Professors and coaches have is infectious and they give next level support.

Since then my husband has started training – he loves the discipline and learning the techniques. I started training last month and for me it’s been a breath of fresh air to my routine and mental well being. 

The friendliness and camaraderie is brilliant. You’re made to feel so welcome and part of the family. It has something for everyone.

 Highly recommend! Give it a go and come join the GB Arnold family.”

“The school is amazing, really good facilities, the mats are of very high quality and always very clean. The professors are world class champion athletes. The environment is very much like a family, I was welcomed in from my very first taster lesson by all the professors and coaches and I’ve fallen in love with the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world. As a woman, coming into a primarily male dominated sport felt very intimidating at first, however the school operates under the motto of ‘Jiu-Jitsu for everyone’ and it really is. I love this school, it’s my safe place.”

“My son started to attend classes more than a year ago and the expectations were surprisingly exceeded since day one. In the academy they are not only forming good athletes but mainly good human beings with the values that are transmitted, and let’s be honest, what’s more valuable than that? It’s certain that after every class my little one comes out with a big smile on his face.

I have started to attend classes as well and can only tell that’s the best thing I have done for myself in years. Not only on the sport side but for the fun and stress release after a busy day in the office.”

“This BJJ club has it all, a fantastic atmosphere, great coaches with endless patience, clean place, and well-structured classes + fitness too. My young son attends, and he loves it. It was so good, his mum and I decided to join too. Builds strength, confidence, self-defence and so much more. Every child should learn this! And Gracie Barra Nottingham is the place to learn BJJ. Can’t praise it enough”

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Reflecting on the experiences of our students shows the tremendous positive impact on the people within our community. From children improving their confidence and discipline to adults finding mental well-being and camaraderie, you can see that Gracie Barra Nottingham and Gracie Barra Arnold are so much more than just Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu academies. There is a consistent theme of inclusivity among the reviews, where people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities feel welcomed and supported. This reflects on our vision of Jiu-Jitsu for everyone and we are very proud of the diverse and supportive community around us.

The emphasis on personal growth beyond physical skills shows our holistic approach to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. It’s not just about learning the techniques, but also about developing resilience, self-confidence, and a sense of belonging, to name a few.

Join our community at Gracie Barra Nottingham and Gracie Barra Arnold, where you’ll not only learn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu but also discover the best version of yourself.



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