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    Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

    Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Overland Park, KS. So, you’ve been searching for a way to stay fit? You’d just go to the gym down the street, but you’ve been there before. You’re so painstakingly tired of watching a sweaty, shirtless Bob watch himself flex in the mirror. And you’re seriously more-than-done waiting for Joey to finally finish his reps on the power rack. One lift. Stop. Look at self in the mirror. One squat. Stop. Rinse. Repeat. Ugh, do either of these guys actually workout?

    Save your time, money, and agony from the gym, and end your search on Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes at Gracie Barra Overland Park. At Gracie Barra Overland Park, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is more than just a sport or form of martial arts — it’s a lifestyle that will change your entire outlook. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is ideal for beginners, a great workout, and frequently considered the best martial art for self-defense.

    When you are ready for the best full-body workout around, call Gracie Barra Overland Park today at 913-961-1850 or contact us to schedule a free initial Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu class today. There just may be a student or two named Bob or a Joey, but definitely not one of those Bobs or Joeys.

    We offer the area’s best Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instruction. With a strong selection of programs and classes, along with a convenient and accessible gym near you, Gracie Barra Overland Park stands by itself among the competition. Our newest location serves residents of the Greater Kansas City area — including Shawnee, Stilwell, Craig, Merriam, Lake Quivira, and De Soto — and we are excited to meet some of our neighbors. Stop in and say hello or get a quick tour of our facility.

    Gracie Barra Overland Park Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: A Complete Workout

    A good workout should build more than muscle. It should also develop knowledge, confidence, and discipline, which is why Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training at Gracie Barra Overland Park is the perfect alternative to a gym workout. Well, that and being able to avoid those two mindless dolts. We propagate the philosophy — the “way of life” — of our esteemed namesake Carlos Gracie that prepares students for life, showing them paths to a healthier lifestyle and the most effective use of physical, mental, and spiritual strength.

    In addition to the mental benefits of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, people enjoy being able to work multiple areas of the body at once. When you train Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, every day is leg day… and arm day… and core day. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu requires the use of basically every muscle in your body, as you go through a wide range of movement. You will:

    For more information on the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu way of life, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 913-961-1850 or contact us online.

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    Gracie Barra Overland Park Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: Benefits of Training

    While some physical improvements are easy to see, it’s often the results you can’t see that make the most significant change in your life. Some of the advantages of training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at Gracie Barra Overland Park include:

    Weight Loss

    It should come as no surprise that consistently showing up to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes at Gracie Barra will lead you to become fitter and more athletic. One of the most obvious physical advantages of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is the significant weight loss you’ll see. What many Gracie Barra Overland Park students wonder is how Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training can promise to be a great way to lose weight when it’s just a form of martial arts? It’s all techniques, transitions, and submissions, right? Yes, that’s true, but a considerable amount of your training requires constant drilling and repetitive practice. Repeating those techniques over and over again until you’ve mastered them is part of the routine.

    Increased Strength

    When you make Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu part of your life at Gracie Barra Overland Park, you will quickly become stronger physically and mentally. Building muscle is part of the process, especially when you practice regularly. Much of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training involves grappling, which works all your muscles. Not only will you build strength through training, you will also notice a significant improvement in your muscle tone. Our students also see immediate improvements to their flexibility. This helps give them more freedom to move their muscles in ways they were never able to before they started Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training.

    Enhanced Coordination

    One of the greatest benefits of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is that it teaches students to use different parts of their body as one cohesive unit. In today’s society, many Americans tend to lead sedentary lives. Whether you sit in a chair in front of a computer all day at work, or relax on the couch right after you eat dinner, our physical habits are getting worse. This doesn’t just affect a person’s weight and overall health, it has a detrimental effect on coordination as well. When our mind and body aren’t working together, they get out of sync. Even the best athletes in the world can become clumsy and unathletic if they don’t practice. At Gracie Barra, you’ll relearn how to use all parts of your body to work together as a unit. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu encourages body synchronization and enhanced coordination. Mobility, strength, flexibility, and physical fitness all work together to gauge your power, test your limits, discover solutions, and achieve your goals and things you never thought possible.

    Call Gracie Barra Overland Park today at 913-961-1850 or contact us online.

    Increased Focus

    While increased focus is generally a mental effect of getting in shape, it plays a significant role in our physical fitness. Rolling on the mat, submission techniques, transitions, and guard passes are all physical activities that require us to remain mentally aware of what we’re doing. As a Gracie Barra Overland Park student, you need to stay focused and think about every move you make during class. This doesn’t just help improve the mind, but it keeps you more coordinated and athletically motivated. You’ll be sharper, faster, more powerful, and find better success in other facets of your life. Our bodies also need our mind, which is just as much a muscle as a bicep is, to get in shape. You can physically go to the gym and get the workout done, but you mentally agonize over putting in the time and work. (And fret over the two numskulls.) Getting in shape at Gracie Barra helps clear the mind and return you to a more balanced mental state. It’s also a great stress reliever, bringing you an inner peace that focuses on the bigger picture.

    Improved Overall Health

    Many people turn to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at Gracie Barra Overland Park as a form of physical fitness. You want to look better, fit into smaller clothes, or just get ripped. Those are great goals, but many people overlook the overall health benefits of the art, including:

    • Lower cholesterol levels
    • Increased endorphin production
    • Improved respiratory system functioning
    • Normalized insulin and blood sugar levels
    • Reduced risk of diabetes
    • Improved heart health
    • Improved sleep

    Gracie Barra Overland Park Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: Practical Uses Out in the Field

    In addition to providing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for individuals and families, with its practical self-defense skills, Gracie Barra has seen an uptick in registration from law enforcement professionals throughout Greater Kansas City and the Overland Park area. It makes perfect sense, as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu offers a solution to help police officers avoid the use of force and provides an ideal way to subdue an opponent.

    The Marietta, GA police department mandated weekly Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training for all new hires in 2019, and later expanded the initiative to a total of 95 officers. Within one year, the department reported a 23 percent drop in taser deployment and a 53 percent drop in serious injuries to a suspect. The study also found that officers who were training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu were 59 percent less likely to engage in the use of force. In St. Paul, MN, police use of force dropped 37 percent, injuries to suspects dropped 44 percent, and officer injuries dropped 25 percent.

    Not all police officers or departments can afford extensive training. A nationwide program called Adopt a Cop BJJ aims to lessen the burden of costs on officers and/or departments or precincts.

    Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu | Gracie Barra Overland Park

    Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at Gracie Barra Overland Park is an excellent way to meet new people, particularly sane, non-sweaty ones not named Bob or Joey, and improve your mind, body, and spirit. Our instructors provide a welcoming environment, one that promotes development and camaraderie. We do not allow intimidation or hostility.

    To begin your Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu journey and join the Gracie Barra family call us today at 913-961-1850 or contact us.

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    Monday 6-7AM; 11AM-8PM
    Tuesday 6-7AM; 11AM-8PM
    Wednesday 11AM-8PM
    Thursday 6-8AM; 11AM-8PM
    Friday 6-7AM; 11AM-6PM
    Saturday 9AM–1PM
    Sunday Closed

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