Start Learning Martial Arts the Right Way in our Beginners Program at Gracie Barra Garden Grove

The Gracie Barra Approach

Getting Started

Whether your goals include fitness or weight loss, self-defense, finding a fun hobby, or eventually competing in martial arts tournaments, the Beginners Program at Gracie Barra Garden Grove will be your starting point. In the Beginners Program, you will learn how to defend yourself with different techniques, such as throws, takedowns, ground positioning, and submissions that focus on dealing with someone who may be bigger or stronger than you. We will help you learn to nurture the mental strengths and physical skills needed if you are ever faced with a scenario where you have to physically defend yourself. Although during training our students refine their fighting skill sets, what most people do not realize is that these same training methods also help with your daily battles in life, like self-confidence, relationships at work, school, and at home, discipline, and stress. Click here to read more about the benefits of martial arts training.

Our Martial Arts Style

At Gracie Barra Garden Grove we specialize in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ), which is universally regarded as the most effective form of ground fighting and self defense. This style became famous outside of Brazil in the early 1990’s, after an athlete named Royce Gracie used BJJ to dominate much larger and stronger opponents in the initial Ultimate Fighting Championship. Over the past three decades, the worldwide popularity of BJJ has grown dramatically as a sport, self defense martial art, and subculture.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is often referred to as the “gentle art,” because it enables a much smaller individual to defeat a larger and stronger attacker by using leverage and superior positioning. Perhaps the most unique aspect of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is that it introduces adults and children to a non-violent, effective, and practical form of self defense. With superior positioning and leverage, students learn to deal with larger opponents and avoid potentially very dangerous situations.

What makes Brazilian Jiu Jitsu special is that it focuses on the aspect where most fight takes place: the ground. By using leverage, technique, and timing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioners are able to reverse bad positions, learn how to control opponents through superior body positioning, and apply submissions that isolate an opponents neck or limbs which forces the opponent to either give up or face serious injuries. Click here to read more about our Brazilian Jiu Jitsu program.

No need to be in shape to get started!

Self Defense
Learn valuable techniques to defend yourself!

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
No Martial Arts Experience Needed!

  • Our beginner friendly exercises and workouts are geared for all types of people who want to tackle weight-loss, stress, and just get in shape.
  • Your current fitness level does not matter. Our Beginners Program is for new students with no experience necessary.
  • Join others with the same goals as you.
  • Learn how to defend against and defeat a larger, stronger opponent.
  • Learn methods to keep an opponent at a safe distance.
  • Learn to establish dominant control while being attacked.
  • Learn how to turn being attacked into being the dominant aggressor.
  • We will teach you all you need to know about Brazilian Jiu Jitsu from the beginning.
  • You will learn takedowns, how to control an opponent on the ground, and submissions.
  • You will learn through the Gracie Barra proven method.

Benefits for Kids

Children get all of these same benefits and more out of martial arts training. Discipline and focus, improved grades, self-confidence, communication skills, and anti-bullying skills are what we target in our Beginners Program for children. Kids from the ages of 4 to 13 start with us in this program and the benefits of their training are seen quickly. Click here to read more about the benefits martial arts training offers kids.

All Ages

We offer multiple levels of BJJ classes for all ages, taught by certified and experienced instructors who understand how to utilize different teaching/coaching styles depending on the experience, aptitude, and age of the student:


Sign up for your 7 Day Free Trial and one of our instructors will give you a call to schedule you for a Free Consultation and an Introductory Private Lesson at our school.


During your Free Consultation and Private Lesson one of our instructors will sit down with you to find out about your interests and goals. No prior martial arts experience! No problem! 90% of our new students are complete beginners when they start with us.


After your Free Consultation and Introductory Private Lesson we will pick out a training schedule that works for you. We will answer any questions you have and get you schedule you to get started on your 7 Day Free Trial in the appropriate classes for you.