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Children’s Martial Arts in St Louis (Age 4-9)

Can a martial art support a parent’s instruction?

Reinforcing Values

Here at Gracie Barra, we are passionate about working alongside parents to develop exceptional community citizens by teaching Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in an environment where young children can thrive in confidence, happiness, health, and strength.

Our St Louis martial arts classes are taught in a group atmosphere that is challenging and fun with instructors who aim to meet the individual needs of every students. Our kid’s programs are split up between ages 4-6 and 7-9. In doing so, we’re able to ensure our classes are age appropriate and offer the best possible instructor to student ratio. The classes we provide hone listening skills and athleticism by instructing self-defense and bully prevention through the Gracie Bara Jiu-Jitsu system. Your child can also take part in live training and match preparation if they’d like to pursue competitions. Please remember, competition are always a choice and never a requirement at Gracie Barra.

Teaching Defensive Skills

While we aim to teach the highest level jiu jitsu possible, our primary goal is working with parents to develop healthy, happy, strong and confident young boys and girls who become outstanding citizens in our community.

The classes are taught in group environment that are safe, fun and challenging with instructors that are attentive to the individual need of the students. Our kid’s program is structured into two age groups, 4-6 and 7-9 years of age. This allows age appropriate learning and a better instructor to student ratio. These classes have an emphasis on physical fitness, listening skills and they begin the fundamental instruction of self defense and bully prevention through the important lessons of the Gracie Barra Brazilian jiu jitsu system. There are also options that include training and competition preparation for those students that wish to compete as young martial artists. Competitions are always a choice and not a requirement at Gracie Barra.

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

Custom Curriculum

Gracie Barra near St Louis is convenient for young boys and girls in the O’Fallon, West County, Creve Coeur, Kirkwood, Ladue, Fenton, and Ballwin areas who’d like to learn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and martial arts techniques. Our classes are structured through a custom curriculum made specifically for children that you will not find anywhere in the Greater St. Louis area. Our instructors use a multisensory teaching approach to ensure our students retain the lessons and practices regardless of if they are visual learners, auditory learners, tactile learners, or kinesthetic learners.

The First Class

The instructors near St. Louis at Gracie Barra are passionate about what they do and are proud to provide our students with a form of engaging exercise that pairs self-defence with a competition sport and our students can’t seem to get enough! Gracie Barra Jiu-Jitsu is family friendly, and we welcome parents to try out a free class to prove how awesome it can be for you and your child.

When visiting our Academy, please plan on arriving fifteen minutes before class starts so that you and your kids have enough time to prep before practice. Our classes start on the designated time and your child will be required to walk to the training area where the instructor will be waiting. One of our assistant instructors or senior students will be assigned to help the students perform in activities and drills. We highly encourage and recommend that parents stay and watch the entire practice.

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