Can a Martial Art Support a Parents Instruction?


The parental decision to invest in a martial arts program for their child is an important one. The program they choose should effectively teach their children the martial skills they want to develop, while reinforcing the values they teach at home.

Unlike many TMA (traditional martial arts) schools, Gracie Barra Snoqualmie takes a long term approach to child development. We pride ourselves in not being a “belt factory”. Simply put, we do not quickly push your child through a system of katas, forms, and other martial art choreography while at the same time incurring you, as the parent, costs per test and belt. At Gracie Barra we DO NOT charge for tests or belts.


While we definitely want to teach the highest level jiu jitsu possible, our primary goal is working with parents to develop healthy, happy, strong and confident boys and girls who become outstanding citizens in our community.

The classes are taught in a safe, fun and challenging group environment with instructors that are attentive to the individual need of the students. Our children’s program is broken down into there age groups, 4-7, 7-11 and 11-15 years of age. This allows age appropriate learning and a better instructor to student ratio. These classes have an emphasis on physical fitness, listening skills and begins the instruction of self defense and bully prevention through the fundamentals of the Gracie Barra Brazilian jiu jitsu system.


Learning Current Practical and Effective Self Defense

Enhanced Coordination & Gross Motor Skills

Increased Self confidence & Self Control

Improved Behavior & Respect for Others

Increased Attention Span & Focus


Gracie Barra Snoqualmie has a wonderful 16 week revolving curriculum that builds upon itself and is taught with excitement and proficiency. Our instructors Jon Singh, Casey Stentz and Lindsay Stentz have 35+ years of combined Jiu- Jitsu experience teaching, training and competing, which brings un paralleled instruction to the Snoqualmie Valley location. They have developed a custom class structure for the childrens classes that you will not experience elsewhere, keeping kids excited, engaged and encouraged. At Gracie Barra Snoqualmie we use a multisensory teaching approach to accommodate for all learning styles. Using this approach our students that are visual learners, auditory learners, tactile learners and or kinesthetic learners thrive as they execute what they’ve learned in class without frustration.


We love what we do and we call it “playing Jiu Jitsu”, in addition to being a self defense, it is also a competition sport and a form of exercise that our students love and can’t get enough of. We are a family first Jiu Jitsu school & when you come in you will see and experience a family friendly environment that our students feel is their second home. We welcome you to try out a free class and see for yourself how wonderful Jiu Jitsu can be for your child.

The first time you come to our school you will be welcomed by our staff. Please arrive 15 minutes before class so you and your children have enough time to prepare for practice. The class will start on time and your child will be asked to walk to the training area where the instructor will be waiting for him or her. One of the assistant instructors or a senior student will be assigned as a helper to assist your child in performing the drills and activities. Parents are encouraged to stay and watch the entire practice.