Aside from climbing out of rattlesnake-infested quicksand or posing for rattlesnake-infested watercolor portraits, few activities combine the focus and physicality seen in jiujitsu training. Give fist-paintings a little martial artistry with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $29 for a punch card for 10 jiujitsu and self-defense classes ($125 value)
- $39 for one month of unlimited jiujitsu and self-defense classes ($145 value)
Led by first-degree black belts Bruno Amorim and Reginaldo Almeida, certified instructors at Gracie Barra teach kids and adults the fundamentals of jujitsu and self-defense with a comprehensive curriculum used in more than 300 schools worldwide. Within 30 days of training, students of all ages can learn more than 60 grappling and joint-locking techniques that stress both fun and fitness. Depending on their skill level, students create their own self-defense patchwork quilt by attending as many sessions as they wish from a schedule packed with three classes a day. Though they are not required to wear uniforms, they may opt to purchase the school's uniform and use it at any of the two eligible locations.
When three of your immediate family members are some of the world's best fighters, chances are that you're destined for greatness. Carlos Gracie, Jr. spent his formative years watching and learning from the men who are credited with founding the art of Brazilian jujitsu: his father, Carlos Gracie, Sr.; his uncle, Hélio; and his older brother, Rolls. They borrowed from a fighting style that originally evolved in India, practiced by Buddhist monks as a means to restrain opponents without having to injure them. The "gentle art," as the monks called it, focuses on redirecting an opponent's momentum, grappling them to the ground, and employing powerful joint locks to arrest their motion and prevent them from escaping or dancing the robot. The family practiced and polished this reinvented technique at the Teresópolis House, an expansive ranch in the mountains of Rio de Janeiro where martial artists honed their craft in a community that necessitated getting along, sharing, and learning from one another.
Carlos Jr. drew on these lessons when he founded the first Gracie Barra school in 1986. The school, which eventually expanded to more than 300 locations worldwide, focuses on maintaining the signature Gracie Barra technique while allowing individual teachers to make the most of their own talents. Much more than a fighting style, Brazilian jujitsu emphasizes discipline and respect for others and oneself, and students at Gracie Barra will quickly learn the rules of etiquette that come standard in every classroom.