Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Gracie Barra Brazilian Jui-Jitsu Opens in Southlake

What began as an ancient form of self defense among Buddhist monks in India and evolved into a combat style for Japanese samurai has arrived in Southlake. Like all forms of martial arts, jui-jitsu goes beyond the physical aspect to develop a well balanced lifestyle and good character through discipline, integrity, honesty, and unselfish acts.

Teaching the art of ground fighting, Gracie Barra Brazilian Jui-Jitsu opened its Southlake location April 28 in the Southlake Oaks shopping center (next to Bicentennial Park). Founded by Professor Alexandre Ferreira Santos, or “Dande” as he is known, Santos is a second degree black belt under the guidance of Master Carlos Gracie Jr. The school offers Brazilian jiu-jitsu for individuals, families, and law enforcement officials. Other classes include martial arts training and self-defense.

“Jiu-jitsu is truly a workout for everyone. No prior experience is needed in order to join a class. We welcome individuals of all ages and all levels to join,” states Program Director Adrian Vera.

The facility hosts a reception area, pro shop, changing area, vending machines and private rooms for sessions. The clean, friendly, and progress oriented environment offers a welcoming aura that provides a calming mentality which encourages both growth and confidence during the training experience. Schedules are available online along with pricing information on classes and membership. The school currently trains over 20 students ranging from 22-62. Kids classes are also available with a variety of “Little Champs” classes throughout the week.

To find out more information call (817) 421-0060 or go to