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Among the most established Kids BJJ programs in Orange County

Gracie Barra Garden Grove offers one of the most established childrens Brazilian Jiu Jitsu programs in Orange County, that is proven with multiple children’s team tournament titles. We offer four levels of classes to best cater to various ages, experience levels and goals:


  • Juniors (ages 7-12)
  • Little Champions Program (ages 4-6)
  • Advanced Juniors Program (ages 7-12)
  • Kids Competition Program
Highlight video our Advanced Juniors program showcases high-level sequences that include takedowns and sweeps to submissions.

Benefits of Gracie Barra Kids Program

Improve children’s social skills

Improve Discipline

Increase focus, energy and concentration

More self-confidence

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4 Levels of Classes

Little Champions (ages 4-6)

Gracie Barra’s Little Champions Program is designed to introduce kids ages 4 to 6 years old with the basic concepts of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and get them comfortable with grappling. Very little emphasis is placed on the fine details of techniques. Our teaching method in this class focuses on fundamentals. The children in this program learn dominant positions, how to fall safely, stand up, get an opponent off of them and control an opponent standing up and on the ground. Each new technique or theory is presented in a playful manner where the students learn through various Jiu Jitsu drills and fun games. This class includes warm up exercises, basic coordination drills, a Jiu Jitsu concept / Self-Defense technique and fun games to keep the children focused and engaged. The unique benefits of this program are that it develops motor skills, fitness, social interaction, leadership, discipline, and introduces kids to a non-violent form of self-defense, all in a fun environment. We recommend students to participate at least 2 times per week.

Juniors (ages 7-12)

Gracie Barra’s Juniors Program meets 3 times per week and introduces 7-12 year old kids to all the benefits a Jiu Jitsu lifestyle offers. This program focuses on self-defense and Jiu Jitsu techniques, as well as teaching the students the importance of discipline, team work, and self-confidence. This class is high energy, filled with drills, techniques, and physical exercises, as well as step by step instruction making it very easy for beginners to start with no prior martial arts experience. We recommend the students of this program to attend 2 to 3 times per week.

Advanced Juniors (ages 7-12)

This program is designed to take students from the Juniors Program and introduce them to the more complex and advanced techniques of Jiu Jitsu. This class is also mentally and physically more challenging than the Juniors Program. Increased focus, effort, and problem solving skills is necessary from these students. Students must have earned a Gray/White Belt to attend this class.

Kids Competition

Our Kids Competition Program is offered to students who are seeking to challenge themselves by preparing and competing at the highest level of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. In this class, a big emphasis is put on high amounts of repetitive drills, proper mindset to compete, and dedication to the purpose of becoming the best our students can possibly be. Guided discussions on various topics (e.g., goal setting, recognizing strengths and weaknesses, critical thinking, and competition philosophy) are a big part of this class. Other requirements needed to participate in this program include: mandatory attendance, academic success, good behavior on and off the mats, and more. If you are interested in this program, please speak with your Head Instructor.

Professor Alex D’Hue on podium at the Walter Pyramid in Long Beach, holding the 2016 SJJIF Kids Jiu Jitsu World Championship Trophy


Our state of the art facility features a mat area, build on a platform to have the same level of cushioning as Judo mats, by stacking white Tatame mats on top of tires, benches for parents to watch classes and a multi-seat desk in our lounge area also available for the rest of the family.

Special Events

In addition to regularly scheduled classes, we also offer events including ninja nights and a summer camp that are open to members at a special rate, with early registration and also open to non-members on a space-available basis.

Ninja Night

Ninja nights last approximately 5 hours and provide parents with a nigh out and children with a fun evening that includes: pizza, games, movies, and more. Watch a video of our Ninja Night to the right…

Summer Camp

Our martial arts-focused summer camp but includes so much more such as field trips, character building, and recreation. Campers spend an average of 6 hours per day, 5 days each week, for 5 weeks and lead by our PROFESSIONAL staff that always include instructors who are experienced working with kids in our regular kids classes, are leaders, CPR/AED certified, and transport your child between adventures via a contracted transportation company. See photos from our summer camp immediately below…

Our Approach

If you are searching for the best kids Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Orange County, CA has to offer for your child, Gracie Barra Garden Grove may be just may be the right fit for your family. Our program is designed to help children deal with a wide range of circumstances by providing benefits in 4 main areas: 1.) Character Building 2.) Skill Development 3.) Fitness 4.) Technique.

After only a few months in our children’s classes, parents typically see a drastic increase in a student’s confidence, discipline, focus, respect, and humility as students develop valuable life skills. We use techniques to develop skills including improved listening, focus, agility, and social skills. Students will improve their fitness in a fun, safe environment where each training session includes a warm-up, conditioning, fast-paced games, defending themselves on their feet after months of training— not years. Safety is paramount at our school. Our kids Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes are safer than every contact sport and extreme sport Southern California children typically enjoy.

Our programs for this martial arts are also designed to cater whether you are a beginner or an advanced learner. This customization ensures efficiency and getting the most out of your abilities. Rest assured that our instructors are supportive and will keep you motivated while also tracking down your progress.


There’s really nothing to it! Here is what’s going to happen after you fill out the web form below…

1 - Phone Call

One of our instructors will call you to find out more about you such as what you are looking to get out of our academy, the most appropriate program to meet your needs, and schedule a convenient time to tryout your first class.

2 - Gym Tour

Upon arriving arriving, one of our friendly staff will provide a tour of our beautiful, white facility and help you fill out quick paperwork that includes a questionnaire so we can ensure your needs are met + the typical waiver.

3 - Introductory Lesson

Try an introductory class with our friendly, welcoming students and under the watchful eye of our professional instructors. After class, we’ll show you how all of the programs for members work and answer any further questions.