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.



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.
Amazing training experience, very knowledgable coaching staff with a very friendly environment for new-comers and skilled fighters.
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!
I have just joined the Gracie Barra in Sandton and everyone has been extremely helpful and friendly throughout the process. The classes are top quality covering all the aspects I was looking for, and the facility is top quality as well. I rate the coaches extremely high in all aspects. Honoured to be training at this Barra. Thank you to the whole Gracie Barra Sandton team! Looking forward to many great classes, improving strength, fitness, health, technique and learning new skills.
The gym and the team supporting the gym have been awesome so far. The experienced rollers are all willing to share ideas and promote an atmosphere of having fun while learning. Facilities are always clean and hygienic.

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