Spring Branch & Westchase Toddlers Self Defense Classes, Now Offering In-Person Classes at Gracie Barra Westchase



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Spring Branch & Westchase Jiu Jitsu Classes Build Self-Confidence & Self-Defense

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu adult

It’s not just a workout — it’s a life-saving skill. Learn how to protect yourself and your loved ones, even if an attacker is bigger and stronger than you.

People all over Spring Branch & Westchase turn to us for their Self Defense training.

“Jiu-Jitsu is the gentle art. It’s the art where a small person is going to prove to you that no matter how strong you are, no matter how mad you are, that you’re going to have to accept defeat. That’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.”

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main key features about this class

Self Defense will work your body in totally new ways. You’ll build muscles you never even knew you had. That’s what people all over Spring Branch & Westchase are discovering.

What to Expect in Your First Kids Class

The professor will teach 3 techniques over the course of the class and provide the students with 5 minutes of practice after each technique is taught. The techniques taught in this class are considered sport Jiu Jitsu. In the self-defense class the expected reactions are from people who have no experience in fighting, this makes it much easier for us to execute the movements. However, in sport Jiu Jitsu we apply the same techniques but now our opponent has experience in fighting, specifically in Jiu Jitsu.


core workout
straighten your body
extreme cardio workout
– Carlos Gracie Jr

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

We’re a big, goofy family here in Spring Branch & Westchase . We cheer each other on. We make each other smile and laugh. The workouts are fun — the friendships make it even funner. We welcome newcomers with open arms!

BJJ ADULT intermediate in Westchase

Each class lasts 1 hour and while this is an intermediate class, we still encourage you to go at the speed you want and your body allows. Do not overdo it and do not worry if someone is going faster or slower than you. If you continue to come and participate, we promise you will improve in no time!

Get (1) Life-Changing Toddlers Self Defense Classes In Spring Branch & Westchase... COMPLETELY FREE!

adult Jiu Jitsu Classes Build Self-Confidence & Self-Defense

BJJ is an ideal form of self-defense since most attacks on women end up on the ground; Jiu-Jitsu is one of the very few forms of self-defense that deals with the most neglected form of combat, ground fighting. Also most martial arts rely on speed, strength or the element of surprise to be effective. What is not put into the equation is the fact that women are usually attacked by surprise without  given the opportunity to strike at the right moment. So what do you do when you find yourself on the ground with a person 100 pounds heavier than you on top of you? Certainty not punching and kicking.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu enables practitioners to subdue their opponents without the use of punching and kicking, eliminating the need to use excessive force in a real-life self-defense situation. BJJ is a martial art that uses grappling techniques and ideal for diffusing an aggressive situation. Nobody has to get hurt with Jiu-Jitsu, the idea of “tapping out” during training allows the students to keep their training realistic, yet safe.

Kids are ranked in a belt system and within these belts they will earn degrees. The belt system allows your child to set long-term goals (becoming a black belt) and short-term goals, such as being able to execute a new technique they learned in class, or achieving their next degree or belt. These skills will help you child learn commitment and perseverance which are life-long skills important for every child to learn and understand to succeed in their goals.

Kids learn motor movement at a very early age. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu challenges the entire body, developing coordination, balance, agility and poise. These traits are often neglected and not fully developed in team sports. By starting children in Jiu-Jitsu they learn how to fall properly, and how to initiate movement patterns that are inherent to life and any sport they might choose down the road. We also begin basic fitness and calisthenics that will give them a leg-up on their peers who do not engage in fitness activities at an early age.

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Certainly! Here’s a bio for NJHIC coach Laura Kolm:

Laura Kolm is a highly accomplished Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner and instructor, currently holding the rank of Purple Belt. With an impressive competition record, Laura has secured the title of 2-time World Champion, 2-time European Champion, and 2-time Pan American Champion. Her dedication and expertise in the sport have made her a respected figure in the BJJ community.

Currently, Laura serves as a dedicated instructor at Gracie Barra River Oaks and Gracie Barra Westchase, where she shares her knowledge and passion for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with her students. Known for her technical proficiency and competitive spirit, Laura is committed to helping her students develop their skills and achieve their full potential in the sport.

Off the mats, Laura is known for her humility and dedication to her craft, embodying the values of respect, perseverance, and sportsmanship. With her wealth of experience and success in the world of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Laura Kolm continues to inspire and mentor the next generation of grapplers.