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Can a martial art support a parent’s instruction?


The parental decision to invest in a martial arts program for your child is an important one. The program you choose should effectively teach your children the martial skills you want to develop, while reinforcing the values taught at home.

Unlike many traditional martial arts schools, Gracie Barra Collinsville takes a long term approach to child development. We pride ourselves in not being a “belt factory.” Simply put, we do not quickly push your child through a system of katas, forms, and other martial art choreography while at the same time incurring you, as the parent, costs per test and belt. At Gracie Barra in Collinsville, we DO NOT charge for tests or belts.


While our instructors take pride in the team accomplishments, and those of their students, their primary goal is working with parents to develop healthy, happy, strong and confident young men and women who become outstanding citizens in our community. The Gracie Barra Future Champions Program was created to provide children ages 10-14 with an environment that allows them to experience and understand core values like focus, self confidence, discipline, persistence, cooperation and respect.

Classes are taught in a fun and challenging group environment with instructors that are attentive to the individual need of the students. GB BJJ is second to none in preparing kids and teens to handle serious situations such as bullying which is more prevalent in this age group and can be more intense with outlets such as social media making it easier to bully.


As a contact sport, Gracie Barra Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu provides a very challenging yet safe and caring environment for a child to mature towards a real life champion. The outcome of continued childhood practice of GB BJJ goes far beyond the accomplishments on the mats. The discipline and excellence demanded by our instructors often carries over to the child’s behavior at home and at school.

Our Collinsville, Illinois facility makes it easy for kids and teens of both Madison and St. Clair counties to enjoy world class martial arts instruction just minutes from home.


  • 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
  • Goal setting and achievement
  • The chance to compete in a great sport

“There is no losing in Jiu-Jitsu. You either win or you learn.”
– Carlos Gracie Jr.


The first time you come to our Collinsville school you will be welcomed by our staff. Please arrive 15 minutes before class so you and your children have enough time to prepare for practice. The class will start on time and your child will be asked to walk to the training area where the instructor will be waiting for him or her. One of the assistant instructors or a senior student will be assigned as a helper to assist your child in performing the drills and activities. Parents are encouraged to stay and watch the entire practice.