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Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Classes for Kids And Teens

Empowering Kids Through Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at Gracie Barra Salt Lake City

Build confidence, master self-defense, improve fitness, and join a supportive community.

Building Confidence and Skills for Life

At Gracie Barra Salt Lake City, we offer a one-of-a-kind Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) program designed to empower children of all ages. Our classes go beyond self-defense, fostering important life skills like discipline, respect, and teamwork.

Benefits of BJJ for Your Child

  • Practical Self-Defense Skills: Our program equips children with the skills to defend themselves effectively.
  • Enhanced Coordination & Physical Development: BJJ classes improve motor skills, agility, and overall fitness.
  • Increased Confidence & Self-Control: The program fosters self-belief and teaches children to control their emotions in challenging situations.
  • Improved Behavior & Respect: Children learn discipline, respect for instructors and peers, and positive social interaction skills. 
  • Increased Focus & Attention Span: BJJ classes require concentration and focus, improving these skills over time.
  • Improved Fitness Condition: Makes getting active fun and engaging, encouraging a lifelong love of fitness.
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Prof. Seidler Rodrigo is a very dedicated BJJ instructor
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Coach Andrea Warner teaching BJJ to some kids at Gracie Barra Salt Lake City

Age-Specific Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Classes for Kids in Salt Lake City​

Tiny Champions
(Ages 3-4)

Designed specifically for ages 3-4, these BJJ classes for kids are a fun and engaging way to ignite a passion for learning in your little one. Through playful activities led by our experienced instructors, Tiny Champions develop essential skills that benefit them on and off the mat.

Imagine your child with:

  • Increased focus and attention span
  • Enhanced social skills and confidence
  • A strong foundation in self-defense and situational awareness
  • A love of movement and improved overall fitness

Tiny Champions isn’t just about Jiu-Jitsu; it’s about building well-rounded individuals. Our anti-bullying curriculum empowers children to navigate social situations with kindness and respect, while also providing them with the tools to keep themselves safe.

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Learning BJJ for Kids is so much fun
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Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a great martial art for kids of all ages

Little Champions 1 and 2
(Ages 5-9)

Designed for ages 5-9, our Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes for kids goes beyond video games, offering a fun and rewarding activity with endless benefits.

Empowerment Through Jiu-Jitsu for kids:

  • Confidence Boost: Build unshakeable self-belief through mastery of self-defense techniques and overcoming challenges.
  • Social Butterfly: Foster strong social skills and teamwork as they learn alongside peers in a supportive environment.
  • Focus & Fitness: Achieve laser focus and improved concentration while boosting overall fitness and agility.
  • Life Skills Champion: Develop goal-setting and achievement skills that will translate to all aspects of life.
  • Bully Proof: Learn practical self-defense techniques and a strong anti-bullying curriculum for ultimate peace of mind.

Juniors & Teens
(Ages 10-15)

Is your teen stuck on the sidelines? Watch them transform into a champion with a high-energy Jiu-Jitsu program designed for ages 10-15. This program builds BJJ skills, peak fitness, and rock-solid confidence. 

Forge Champions on the Mat and Beyond:

  • Master BJJ: Elevate Jiu-Jitsu technique through practical drills and safe sparring sessions.
  • Peak Performance: Develop unmatched fitness and agility, dominating the mats with strength and speed.
  • Unshakeable Confidence: Build the courage and self-belief to tackle any challenge, on and off the mats.
  • Winning Mentality: Learn strategic grappling and sportsmanship, mastering victory and defeat with grace.
  • Life Skills for the Real World: Cultivate respect and teamwork that translate to success in school, work, and all areas of life.
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Jiu Jitsu is the best self defense martial art for kids
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Classes at Gracie Barra Salt Lake City

Advanced BJJ Kids Classes

Ready to propel your child’s BJJ skills to the next level? Our Advanced BJJ classes transforms young grapplers into dominating forces! We refine technique for razor-sharp precision, cultivate explosive speed and agility, and sharpen their strategic thinking. Competition rules become a weapon, equipping them to conquer tournaments (if that’s their passion!).

This program goes beyond competition training. Here, your child will discover a supportive environment to push boundaries and build unshakeable confidence. They’ll cultivate a lifelong love for BJJ, learning valuable lessons that extend far beyond the mats.

Gracie Barra is like a big family, open to people of all ages and backgrounds!


A Closer Look at the Gracie Barra Method

Gracie Barra’s approach to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, honed by Grand Master Carlos Gracie and continually refined under the leadership of Master Carlos Gracie Jr., is renowned for its effectiveness and accessibility. This method emphasizes a structured curriculum, technique-focused drilling, and live sparring sessions.

Here are the core principles that define the Gracie Barra method:

  • Structured Curriculum: Our curriculum, meticulously developed under the guidance of Master Carlos Gracie Jr., is designed for a progressive learning experience. You’ll build a strong foundation of fundamental techniques before advancing to more complex skills.
  • Technique-Focused Drilling: Repetition is key to mastering Jiu-Jitsu. Through focused drilling, you’ll refine your technique, develop muscle memory, and gain confidence in your abilities.
  • Live Sparring: Putting your skills to the test in a controlled environment is essential for real-world application. Live sparring sessions allow you to practice techniques under pressure, develop strategic thinking, and experience the dynamic nature of Jiu-Jitsu.

Why Choose Gracie Barra Salt Lake City as your Brazilian Jiu Jitsu School in Utah?

Gracie Barra Salt Lake City is more than just a Jiu-Jitsu school. We’re part of a legacy established by the Gracie Family, renowned for developing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Our curriculum is structured and led by certified instructors, ensuring you learn effective techniques in a safe environment. At Gracie Barra, you’ll not only develop valuable self-defense skills but also become part of a welcoming and supportive community that motivates and inspires you on your Jiu-Jitsu journey.

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Jiu Jitsu enhances kids coordination and movements
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Coach Andrea always helping kids to learn BJJ

Our Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Classes

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a dynamic martial art renowned for its focus on technique over strength, making it accessible to practitioners of all levels. At our academy, we offer classes tailored to beginners and experienced individuals alike. Whether you’re looking to improve your self-defense skills, enhance your fitness, or engage in a challenging activity, our martial arts near you provide the perfect environment to achieve your goals. Join us and experience the transformative power of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu today.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for Kids and Teens

Introduce your child to the fundamentals of BJJ in a fun and engaging program. Our classes focus on building confidence, discipline, coordination, and valuable self-defense skills in a safe and supportive environment. Watch them develop a love for learning and a foundation for a healthy lifestyle!


Our Passionate Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Instructors​

At Gracie Barra Salt Lake City, all our BJJ instructors are certified through the Gracie Barra Instructor Certification Program (ICP). This rigorous program ensures they possess the highest level of knowledge, teaching skills, and leadership qualities. Also, all our instructors have their background checked and receive CPR training. Through ICP, they gain access to cutting-edge techniques, proven teaching methods, and ongoing support from the Gracie Barra team. This dedication to continuous improvement allows them to effectively guide you on your Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu journey in Utah.

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Gracie Barra's Community

With over 1,000 schools worldwide, Gracie Barra offers a global community dedicated to the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Our family-oriented environment is a perfect place to learn and develop self-confidence and self-discipline. Our clean, friendly, and progress-minded environment allows for both a challenging and inspirational learning and training experience that aims to encourage and make students excited to come back. Gracie Barra is for anyone who values discipline, wellness, martial arts, and respect. We are sure you will find an exciting and challenging place that will allow you to achieve your fitness goals. Bring your family to experience a unique lifestyle!

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Premium Certification

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for Kids

The Gracie Barra Premium School award is a prestigious recognition bestowed upon select Gracie Barra schools that demonstrate exceptional standards of excellence in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu education and community engagement. This award signifies a commitment to upholding the core values of Gracie Barra, including integrity, respect, and continuous improvement. 

Gracie Barra Premium Schools are distinguished by their dedication to providing students with the highest quality of instruction, fostering a positive and inclusive training environment, and actively contributing to the growth and promotion of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu within their communities. Earning the Gracie Barra Premium School award is a testament to a school’s dedication to excellence and its role as a leader in the global Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu community. 

Gracie Barra Salt Lake City has been awarded a Premium BJJ School every year since 2020!


Clara Reis
Clara Reis
The professors and the the front desk staff Amanda are so caring and available to assist. Great atmosphere!
Kraig Howard
Kraig Howard
I visited GB Salt Lake City this past week from out of state, what an awesome academy!!!! I was welcomed like family (that’s what we are at Gracie Barra). Professor Carlos gave exceptional instruction and every student there treated me like a regular training partner and a friend. I will be back!
Razvan Platon
Razvan Platon
A month into my training and really enjoying the process. The facility is great! The professors are invested in each student's development and growth as are the more senior students I've been paired up with. The environment is friendly and collaborative. Seeing my growth in the last month has been very rewarding. Definitely recommend for for anyone interested in Jiu-Jitsu to give it a try.
Yoan Rodriguez
Yoan Rodriguez
Thank you Amanda, Rodrigo and Carlos!!! We are visiting family in SLC from out of state and visited Gracie Barra West Jordan and SLC, both places greatly managed. Kids classes for my 7 yr old twins were great and many options to choose from to train myself in the adult classes. Clean atmosphere, super friendly staff and knowledgeable professors. Thank you again and we will definitely come back next time we are in town.
Brian Smith
Brian Smith
I want to thank the whole staff at Gracie Barra Salt Lake City for opening their doors for my daughter to train. We were on a family vacation and my daughter wanted to keep her skills up before an IBJJF. Professor Rodrigo allowed her to train in a couple classes and then even spent time providing additional training after class. Gracie Barra SLC is clean and professional and the kids all showed a great deal of respect to the Professors. Sign your kids up for Jiu-Jitsu!! It has made my kids so confident in their daily lives. They get used to being physically close with people which allows them to not be taken off guard if adversity ever comes their way. Thanks again GB Salt Lake/West Jordan!
Alexander Mears
Alexander Mears
I'm a white belt that has been training for about 4 weeks now. I'm from Denver, and I train at Easton , and these guys couldn't have been more welcoming to me while I've been on this work trip. Great fundamentals and support from the professors
Visited Gracie Barra several times in a week while I was traveling. Incredible crew - everyone very welcoming - great instructors/professors and studio and had some great training partners. Would def recommend to anyone looking. On days I got there early I watched the kids classes. Well run and attended.
Rachel Maxwell
Rachel Maxwell
My kids have learned life changing skills essential to success at Gracie Barra. My kids love coming and learning here. I am seeing their strength and skill improve with every class. All the staff here are very kind and intelligent. The Coaches, Masters and Professor are very knowledgeable and have great skill in training those individuals willing to put in the time to learn and practice. I feel Gracie Barra highly represents the BrazilianJujitsu martial arts and recommend it to everyone.
Zach Chase
Zach Chase
Best gym ever. Awesome instructors. Great culture. Clean mats.


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Gracie Barra Salt Lake City offers Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes to the following locations: Cottonwood Heights, Holladay, Kearns, Midvale, Millcreek, Murray, Salt Lake City, South Salt Lake, Taylorsville, West Valley City. Join our family!