Address: 12802 NE 125th Way Unit B573, Kirkland, WA 98034
Phone: 1 425 753 8288
Gracie Barra has 8 locations in Washington State and locations across the world. Originally founded in Japan by peasant farmers who needed to defend themselves from sword and armor wielding samurai, jiu-jitsu was founded as a system of leverages to give the smaller and weaker opponent a chance against a larger opponent. Brothers Carlos and Helio Gracie in Rio de Janeiro later refined jiu-jitsu to be more efficient in the 1920s. There is no perfect body for jiu-jitsu it works for everyone. Law enforcement and the military use jiu-jitsu as a main self-defense system for hand-to-hand combat. In addition to self-defense, it is also a gateway to aids in performance in other sports by total body conditioning and adding a sense of balance and body awareness. Athletes such as Shaq, Tim Tebow, Patrick Willis, Clay Matthews, and celebrities Robert Downey, Jr. Naomi Watts, and Jason Statham have all found great benefit in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu.
The Gracie Barra NW Team is under the leadership of Rodrigo Lopes, a 2nd degree black belt under Carlos Gracie, Jr. Also on the team leading GB students is Carlos Sievert, a 1st degree black belt, and Cindy Hales, a 1st degree black belt. Both are world-class competitors and champions.
The Bellevue Redmond Gracie Barra academy services the greater eastside area including Bellevue, Redmond, as well as parts of Issaquah, Kirkland, Duval, and Newcastle. Jiu-Jitsu is extremely useful and in life and has many applications beyond the mat and self-defense. Discipline, perseverance, respect, courage, strength, and mental toughness are all attributes you can apply to nearly every situation in life.
As of Aug 1, 2013, Gracie Barra Northwest is proud to open a new Brazilian jiu-jitsu academy in Kirkland, Washington, servicing the Kirkland, Bothell, Woodinville, Kenmore, Juanita, and northern Lake Washington areas. Located near Totem Lake and Evergreen Hospital, the academy boasts nearly 2000 sq. ft. of mats, locker room and shower facilities, a bleacher viewing area, and a pro-shop.