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The hidden truth that Google does not tell you about Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

A quick Google search is enough for you to learn that Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is the best martial art for all ages and physiques. BJJ helps you to lose weight, sharpen focus and concentration, while still teaching you efficient self-defense techniques and much more.

But the most important thing is not shown in the search results: there is no such thing as DIY Jiu-Jitsu!

Differently from gardening, cooking or doing small home repairs, when it comes to learning Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu you must learn from the best: Gracie Barra, now in Kuna!

Jiu jitsu is for you, even if:


You have never practiced a martial art


Think you’re too old to start


Not in your best physical shape


Don’t feel confident to start

6 benefits of Brazilian
jiu jitsu



Imagine if someone grabs you from behind, tries to drag you, among other threatening situations. Through successful BJJ practice and training, you will learn the appropriate methods for grappling and subduing opponents with little risk of injury to yourself.


Have you ever overreacted to a situation that caused you to regret for many days later? Jiu-Jitsu will teach you to control your own reactions in the moments when the stakes are high, and the positive effects are often seen during the time you are not inside the gym.

Helps you to relax

The power of exercise is that it helps people relax by releasing endorphins to the brain that elevate mood, which reduces anxiety and also helps you to have a better rest at the end of the day.


A Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu session can last an hour and a half and burns up to 1,000 calories. It increases your metabolism and helps you look and feel fitter.


Perseverance and self-esteem

For many kids, self-esteem is rooted in the wrong places: academic performance, comparing him or herself to a sibling, being scolded for behavioral issues. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu can re-center your child’s idea of self-worth to be proud not only of performance but of effort.

Experiencing Adversity

Your child will have the opportunity to serve as both a student and a teacher, which helps them to develop resilience and pride in what they know.


Kids will learn that focus and consistency in training have a direct effect on their performance, which is also very important in other aspects of their lives like preventing bullying.

Learn to lead

Bullies look for easy prey. Learning Jiu-Jitsu helps children to build the confidence to avoid the situation while dissuading the bully from continuing to bother them.

What Our Students Say About Us!

Urooj AliciaUrooj Alicia
00:17 22 Mar 22
Structured, safe, fun, and great coaches and professor. They actually want to see you get better, not just roll around on the mat and leave. They'll push you to do your best. I thoroughly enjoy attending as many classes as I can throughout the week with all the variety of options available. The biggest initial deciding factor was the availability of their "beginners" or foundations group, though many different levels all train with the beginners. Fellow students are also there determined to learn and help you learn without judgment.I've been attending for a few months and have found a sense of community. It's also cool to have the option to go to any GB location when traveling; just bring your gi.
steve struckmeyersteve struckmeyer
14:30 28 Jan 22
Gracie Barra McKinney is by far the best school that my daughter and I have attended. Incredible instructor’s and a true team environment. Try them out, you won’t be disappointed! Classes for all ages and all levels.
Ariana Chavez OcampoAriana Chavez Ocampo
17:13 13 Jan 22
Great school & even better coaches! The coaches are very detail oriented with the techniques, they keep the kids active & teach them to be respectful and disciplined. As a parent, I love that we are always in the loop of things! Their communication is great! I highly recommend this school!

Meet our professor

Filipe Matos started training Jiu-Jitsu in 2008 at the Brazilian powerhouse Gracie Barra Asa Norte, in Brasilia, an academy well known for exporting high-level athletes such as Roberto “Tussa” Alencar, Rafael “Barata” Freitas, Carlos “Dada” Sievert and many more. Filipe started competing when he was still a juvenile white belt and had placed many times in tournaments such as:

– Brasilia State
– Brazilian nationals trials
– IBJJF Denver Open
– IBJJF Austin Open
– IBJJF Portland Open
– F2W 115 Champion (FOTN)
– F2W 185 Champion

Professor Filipe moved to the USA in 2018. He has great experience teaching kids and adults at all levels. He’s now on a mission to impact the Kuna community with all the benefits of Gracie Barra Jiu-jitsu for everyone.

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