Gracie Barra Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

The official Gracie Barra Academy for Coventry, we are part of one of the largest Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu associations in the world. Headed by Carlos Gracie Jr, a member of the legendary Gracie family and founders of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Predominantly a ground fighting art, the class focuses on takedowns, sweeps and submissions via joint-locks and chokeholds whilst also teaching the appropriate defences.

Traditionally taught in the GI (kimono), the use of grips is a very important weapon in controlling your opponent. It is important to note that grading in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is only available via Gi training.

Gracie Barra – ‘Jiu Jitsu for Everyone’.

Whether you’re a total beginner or a seasoned competitor, Gracie Barra Brazilian Jiu Jitsu provides the perfect solution for everyone. Lions offer a progressive curriculum and class structure to allow you to develop skills and understanding of the martial art.

Beginner students will start in our fundamentals programme with an emphasis on understanding the basic BJJ concepts. As you develop these foundations, you will gain access to our advanced programme allowing you to explore deeper into the many techniques of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Classes are taught by Gracie Barra Black Belt, Prof. Wesley Trevelyan and Brown Belt James Dixon. Together, they boast nearly  20 years experience in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and have produced a team of British and regional champions.

FAQ'S About Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

  • Our adult classes are available to all over 16’s, although under 18’s will need parental consent to participate. There is no maximum age limit for our classes as we believe everyone can benefit from training martial arts both physically and mentally.

  • Absolutely, our classes are designed to accommodate all levels of experience and fitness levels.

  • Classes start with some form of movement/takedowns and exercise drills to warm up before moving into the technical part of the class.

    Being able to control the opponent from a variety of positions is essential and we dedicate the biggest part of class to this. Without some form of control, it is very unlikely you will be able to achieve a successful submission or sweep.

    We will normally study one position in detail for a week or more, looking at the various sweeps and submissions that present themselves, along with the appropriate defences.

    Once members become more familiar with a position, we will increase the intensity level, drilling the techniques in a competitive scenario, know as specific training.

    We also like to include the opportunity to spar on a regular basis to play with techniques and develop your competitive game.

  • Yes, please see our Academy Rules.

  • Depending on which martial arts you attend, there will be some uniform or protective equipment you will require to progress in class. Please visit our Academy Rules or speak to a member of our team for more information.

  • No. Although we have active competitors, the majority of our students just train to learn, get fit and have fun.

    If you have an interest in competing, we will make sure you are ready and well prepared to ensure a good experience.

  • Absolutely, we offer a full one week trial with no costs or obligations to join. You will be able to try an array of different martial arts, train with world class instructors and meet our fantastic members before making any commitments to join. Book your trial here

  • We offer flexible, no contract price plans depending on how many classes you wish to attend each week. Visit our memberships page for more information.

  • New memberships can be activated on our memberships page. All major payment methods accepted.

  • No, ensuring all participants are members of Lions allows us to create a safe, supportive and team oriented environment.

  • No, all contracts at Lions are offered on a monthly rolling basis and can be cancelled, upgraded or downgraded with a month’s notice allowing complete flexibility.