What does it take to be a champion? Can a martial arts support parenting?

To excel in life, individuals need to have a strong set of values and a solid character that gives them perseverance to achieve his or her goals. The Gracie Barra Future Champions Programme was created to provide children aged 6-15 with an environment that allows them to experience and understand core values like focus, discipline, persistence, self-confidence, cooperation and respect.

GBK Classes

As a contact sport, Gracie Barra Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu provides a very challenging yet safe and caring environment for a child to mature towards being a real life champion.The outcome of continued childhood practice of GB BJJ goes far beyond the accomplishments on the mats. The discipline and excellence demanded by our instructors often carries over to the child’s behavior at home and at school.

Our Future Champions Programme is typically subdivided into different groups to accommodate students of different ages and skill levels

  • Little Champions (6-10 Years Old),
  • Juniors & Teens (11-16 Years Old).

“There is no losing in Jiu-Jitsu. You either win or you learn” – Carlos Gracie Sr.

Benefit of Joining our Future Champions Programme
  • Improve children’s social skills
  • Enhance self-confidence
  • Better understanding of goal-setting and working towards them
  • Learn the GB Self-Defense System
  • Learn conflict resolution skills
  • Increase focus, energy and concentration
  • Enjoy significant gains in overall fitness level

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 and we have a reception area where you can have refreshments and chat with other mums and dads.

How do I sign up for a free first class, or register for classes?

First, please read out Introductory-Letter and then print out and fill in our Membership-Form.  We also ask that you take some time to read our child protection policies.  Our timetable can be found here.

How much do classes cost?  Is there a family discount?

Future Champions Programme
Unlimited Kids' classes, on Tuesday and Saturdays, and includes your insurance (so no hidden fees!)
*At 8 classes per month, it's only £3.75 a class!*
2 Children Future Champions Programme
Unlimted classes for 2x children.
3+ Children Future Champions Programme
Unlimted classes for 3+ children.
*restrictions apply.
Discounted Rate for members
Unlimited Kids' classes with a discounted rate for parents who are Gracie Barra Belfast students.

We offer a sliding scale for families with multiple children enrolled in the academy, and we cap fees at £60 for any family (from 4 children upwards).

 1 child2 children3 children4 Children
(i.e. parents don't train at the club)
£30£50£60£60 (capped)
Member£20£30£40£50 (capped)

Child Protection

We take child protection very seriously.  All instructors and staff are Access NI-checked, and have First Aid and Child Protection training.  See details below:





GBNI safeguarding policy