At Gracie Barra Kirkland, our Professors have built a team-oriented environment by establishing a solid foundation based upon strong leadership and effective instruction. With these pillars in place, students are given the opportunity to get the most out of their training. For students with consistency and dedication to the Art, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu becomes a lifestyle, which allows them to readily enjoy all the benefits of Jiu-Jitsu.
GB Kirkland offers 14 adult classes a week, including 3 days of Gi and 3 days of NoGi, and plenty of class options for kids and teens.
In our tiny champs program (ages 3 to 5), kids mostly learn through play. Classes are one hour long and take place every Monday and Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. Our little champs (ages 6-10) program consists of a warmup, BJJ techniques and plenty of sparring and classes happen every Tuesday and Thursday at 5 p.m. and Saturdays at 10 a.m. Our juniors (ages 11-14) follow a similar structure as the little champs, though they do spar a bit more. They train every Tuesday and Thursday at 4:15 p.m and classes are 45 minutes long. Juniors can also attend Saturday’s 10 a.m. classes.
Our Weekly Schedule
Coach Cory, Dainier, Gabbi, Kris, Daniel, Patrick and Kris assist with our kids and teens program. All of our coaches are blue belts or becoming blue belts soon.
Benn Pyne – MMA/BJJ Instructor
Professor Benn Pyne is the MMA/Kickboxing instructor at GB Kirkland. He also teaches our Friday evening Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu class. Benn has been coaching MMA, Kickboxing, and Jiu-Jitsu for almost 20 years. Born and raised in Oak Harbor, WA, a small Navy town about 2 hours North of Seattle, he started training martial arts on the …
Joshua Bacallao – Head Instructor
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Joshua Bacallao is a second-degree black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu who has dedicated his life to martial arts. He started in Karate at a young age graduating later to jiu-jitsu, wrestling, boxing, judo and other forms of martial arts. The Florida native actively competes in IBJJF, no-gi and submission-only tournaments around the country with wins …
Solange Reyner – Coach/Program Director
Coach Solange is a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and an active competitor. She has trained in BJJ since 2012 with a few years off to spend time with her daughter. Solange is a 2021 silver NoGi World IBJJF medalist at purple belt and a 2014 bronze World IBJJF medalist at blue belt. She has …
Steven Ariel – Owner
Steven is a native of Hawaii and moved to Seattle in 2005. He started his martial arts journey with Judo at the age of 7. He has been very fortunate to learn the Art of Brazilian Jujitsu directly under Grand Master Relson Gracie, Helio Gracie’s second-oldest son. Steven studied under Master Relson for 5 years …