Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Self Defense Classes for Women

Every woman should have the power to defend herself, to have self-confidence and to discover the benefits of Jiu-Jitsu in a motivating environment.

Self defense classes target techniques that can be really helpful and make a difference in real-life situations.

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Advantages of Self Defense Classes for Women

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1 - Effective Self Defense

Gracie Barra’s self defense classes for women empower you with the skills to protect yourself.

2 - Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Benefits

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu offers effective self defense techniques with a strong fitness component, making it an ideal choice.

3 - Inclusivity and Empowerment

Regardless of previous experience or physical fitness, BJJ is suitable for everyone. It enhances well-being, focus, and self-defense abilities while fostering a welcoming community.

Our 4-Step Women Program

This four-step program aims to provide women with a well-rounded Jiu-Jitsu training experience, combining technical proficiency, physical fitness, and mental strength.

  • Fundamental Techniques

    Start with foundational Jiu-Jitsu techniques, focusing on positions, escapes, and basic submissions. Begin with essential movements and concepts in our self defense classes for women.

  • Skill Development

    Progress to advanced techniques and strategies, incorporating drills and live sparring sessions to improve decision-making and execution. Tailor training to address the unique challenges women may encounter in self defense situations.

  • Strength and Conditioning

    Integrate a strength and conditioning regimen into the program to enhance physical fitness. This includes cardio, strength training, and flexibility exercises to improve stamina and agility.

  • Mental Resilience

    Foster mental resilience and self-confidence through specific training scenarios, emphasizing situational awareness and problem-solving skills. Encourage a supportive community for emotional growth and empowerment through our self defense classes for women!

Feel safer with GB!

BJJ is a martial art that allows you to overcome your opponent without having to use other means of protection, like a gun, for example.

As women, it is most likely that along your lifetime you have experienced, or at least know someone, that has experienced some sort of gender-based violence. Whether it was a situation of harassment or something worse.

Especially since the COVID-19 pandemic, because a lot of people were left in either confinement in abusive households, or some were forced into situations of poverty, the violence levels against women and girls have increased.

This makes it even more urgent for women all around the globe to find ways to protect themselves without generating more violence.



Gracie Barra Sandton has the best kids program in Gauteng. They are able to keep my children on the mats, engaged, and enjoying the lesson. The level of coaching is exceptional, and I can see how my kids have progressed in a short period of time. I have also enjoyed some evening classes myself, and Storm is an excellent professor. Highly recommend!
My son joined beginning of the year 2023, after a google search of "karate studio near me" which lead me to Gracie Barra Sandton, i reached out and the rest is history . The team was quick to respond , we went for a try out , we both fell in love with the staff , the studio , the professionalism & we got a very warm welcome from the kids to the staff to the parents. We were hooked instantly and signed up for the entire year . Gracie Barra Sandton not only teaches jiu-jitsu but also brotherhood , discipline , passion and most importantly fun whilst learning, it is by far my kid's favourite extra mural activity . Well done team!!!
Dear GB Sandton Team, I hope this message finds you well. I wanted to express my sincere appreciation for the opportunity to attend my first complimentary Jiu Jitsu class at Gracie Barra Sandton. It was an incredibly enriching experience, and I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of it. Based on my positive experience, I am keen to take the next step and become a member of your esteemed organization. Therefore, I would like to proceed with the 10-day trial membership as discussed. Please let me know the necessary steps to formalize my membership and begin the trial period. I am excited about the prospect of furthering my journey in Jiu Jitsu under your guidance and expertise. Thank you once again for the wonderful introduction to your academy, and I eagerly anticipate the opportunity to train with you further. Sincerely, Lesedi Moloi
This was my first gym training back in South Africa. Had a great time with the team there mixed with some lighter and more heavy rolls. Thanks for welcoming me, look forward to visiting again soon.
I absolutely love training here. The atmosphere is inviting, energetic and collaborative. The instructors give so much attention and explain and demonstrate techniques clearly, and every class we have the opportunity to apply techniques learned. If I had more time I'd be here every day!

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