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Jiu-Jitsu for Everyone


Ighor Tavares

“Gracie Barra Santa Barbara has been a big part of my life for almost 4 years. Training at this facility has been without a doubt the most important experience of my life. I truly feel that the great instruction of Professor Rodrigo Clark and the camaraderie among us students has given me great confidence and has thaught me valuable lessons. Moreover, the level of Jiu-Jitsu that we learn and train at Gracie Barra Santa Barbara is really high. Professor Clark has been a great athlete and competitor for most of his life and that really shows when he’s teaching techniques or helping us refine our ground game. The fact that he trained for many years at the original Gracie Barra in Rio side by side with some of the best jiu-jitsu fighters in the world really makes a difference because I feel like he has been through and seen it all on the mats ! I definitely recommend Gracie Barra Santa Barbara for anyone who’s interested in learning Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. It is a great place for people from all walks of life.”

Anthony Navarro

“I can’t say enough good things about Gracie Barra Santa Barbara. The instructors are great, not only are they knowledgeable and highly skilled they are very friendly and welcoming as well. I’ve trained at all of the local bjj spots and the student’s are waaaay more welcoming and willing to embrace new students than the other schools in town. Many of the people at GB will go out of their way to help you without being asked and everyone you ask will be happy to help you and share their knowledge. My experience elsewhere has been precisely the opposite. It’s a real family at GB Santa Barbara, I have great respect for Professor’s Rodrigo and JP and the manner in which they operate their school. BJJ is a highly technical, difficult martial art and at GB you will be properly supported by caring teachers and helpful teammates. GB Santa Barbara has seriously impacted my life in a positive way and I believe it will do the same for you.”

CS Dalton

“I have been going to GB Santa Barbara for a few months now and I love it! The professors are amazing, they are good at not only teaching the techniques, but also explaining why you are doing what you are doing (there is a lot of strategy involved). They teach in a way that will help you in competitions as well as practically if you are forced to react in an actual fight. They are very experienced and give you personalized tips throughout the class.

I did the introductory class with Coach Ighor and he was great. He really showed me a lot of moves and demonstrated how important technique is. I learned a lot about GB jiu jitsu that night, but I have learned even more continuing on with my training each week. Everyone who practices jiu jitsu here is nice and friendly, they always give advice to help you learn and improve your skills.

I recommend you give this place a try. It is a great opportunity to not only get in shape, but also learn practical ways to protect yourself if a situation ever arises.”

Chris Tillotson

“Starting Jiu Jitsu classes at Gracie Barra Santa Barbara was one of the best decisions of my life. My mistake was not starting earlier. The thing I found most surprising was the total lack of ego on the parts of the instructors J.P. , Rodrigo and Ighor. These are basically the nicest, fittest and coolest guys around who happen to be able to kick your butt anytime, anywhere with little or no effort.

I’ve taken other martial arts classes before but Gracie Barra Jiu-Jitsu is completely different. All the classmates and instructors work together to help new students. Everyone is eager to share information. There are many belt levels in classes so students can make class as challenging as they like. As a beginner I get my ass handed to me every single class but the workout is amazing and I’ve lost about 10 lbs. in a few months and have never felt better in my body.

Jiu-Jitsu at Gracie Barra is the thing I look forward to most each week. It is without a doubt the best workout and most fun I’ve ever had doing any form of exercise.” 

Nick Koonce

“My four year old son has been training at GBSB for almost six months now. Jiu Jitsu provides him with an appropriate outlet for his natural little boy aggression and a good balanced physical fitness program. The repetition of carefully structured games and exercises are something he looks forward to. It is helping him to learn respect, sportsmanship, responsibility, team work, setting and working toward long term goals, delayed gratification, patients, dedication, self control, self confidence, social skills and more. All of these things, we strive to teach him at home but of course he challenges everything we say. Somehow, when he’s learning these things more subtly, from a third party (one that he knows he cannot take for granted)… it makes us more credible. Our instruction on such things just sounds like Charlie Brown’s parents droning on and on. When we show him how those skills learned in training apply to real life situations, the recognition is solid and unquestioned. We are HUGE fans of the Gracie Barra Jiu-Jitsu Academy Santa Barbara!”

Robert Rees

“I can’t say enough great things about this place! Having trained Jiu Jitsu at another studio in town, Rodrigo definitly has a top notch studio. I definitely recommend!”

Pamir Perdeci

“I am a different person today than when i first started training at GBSB. It is a very friendly and respectful environment. I always feel as if i’m being influenced in a great way when i train here. I look up to my professors as my mentors. The valuable lessons they teach me, make me a better and more confident person. The discipline i get from training has made me more successful in school and work. I hit life harder and more confidently nowadays because i train Jiu-Jitsu and i honestly wouldn’t wan’t to train anywhere else.”

Lorenzo Gangi

“Gracie Barra Santa Barbara is a great place to train! All instructors are top notch and very knowledgeable. Mats are big and clean and the students are all courteous and have good attitudes. I highly recommend to anyone who is interested in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.”

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