From Our Editors
Make no mistake about it: one of Gracie Barra Veneration's chief goals is to help students defend themselves in hand-to-hand combat. That's why the studio specializes in Brazilian jujitsu, a martial art that focuses on grappling in close quarters. But there's another, equally important lesson that the instructors hope to impart. The same qualities that make one an effective fighter—discipline, creativity, and self-confidence—are just as useful in other aspects of life, such as work and relationships. The studio strives to instill these qualities in each student, one takedown at a time.