We are more than just a martial arts academy; we are a family dedicated to promoting physical, mental, and emotional well-being through the practice of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Here at Gracie Barra Westchase, we are committed to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment where people of all ages and skill levels can feel welcome and inspired to achieve their goals.


Since the inception of Gracie Barra, Master Carlos Gracie Jr. has championed ‘Jiu-Jitsu for Everyone.’ For more than 30 years, our adult classes have embodied this ethos, catering to individuals of diverse backgrounds and skill levels. Our meticulously crafted curriculum is designed to guide you through the art of Jiu-Jitsu seamlessly.

Explore our diverse range of adult Jiu-Jitsu classes in Westchase, allowing students to select the ideal class for their needs. We offer four tiers of classes, each tailored to varying levels of skill and knowledge:

  1. GB1 Fundamentals (All Levels)
  2. GB2 Advanced (3rd white belt & up)
  3. GB3 Black Belt, No-Gi & Competition Class (3rd white belt & up)


At Gracie Barra Westchase, we offer a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu program for adults that focuses on effective self-defense and mental and physical strengthening. Through proven techniques, students learn to protect themselves on the street and defend their families while building confidence, physical conditioning, and concentration. Come join us and discover the transformative benefits of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for your life.

Our approach not only teaches self-defense skills but also fosters a mindset of respect, discipline, and teamwork.


Welcome to Gracie Barra’s Kids Program, where young minds blossom into confident individuals through the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Our program is designed to instill discipline, focus, and physical fitness in a fun and supportive environment. Led by skilled instructors, children learn self-defense skills, build friendships, and embark on a journey that goes beyond the mat. Join us in fostering a foundation of resilience, respect, and personal growth for your child at Gracie Barra Westchase


Welcome to Gracie Barra Westchase, where kids like you discover the fun of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu! Here, you’ll learn cool moves while making new friends. Come join us to have fun, get fit, and become a real superhero! Our classes are full of adventure and learning, where you’ll discover how to move like a ninja, gaining confidence and skills to tackle any challenge. At Gracie Barra Westchase, every child is valued and encouraged to grow not only as a jiu-jitsu practitioner but also as a better person. Come be part of our family and discover the power of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu!


Gracie Barra’s Wrestling program focuses on Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training without the traditional gi (uniform). While BJJ practitioners typically train with a gi, which includes a jacket and pants, the No-Gi program emphasizes techniques and strategies that are applicable in situations where practitioners may not be wearing a gi, such as in mixed martial arts (MMA) competition or self-defense scenarios.


Welcome to the wrestling program at Gracie Barra Westchase, where participants dive into a world of strength, agility, and technique. Our wrestling program is designed for athletes of all ages and skill levels, from beginners to experienced competitors. Here, you’ll learn the fundamentals of wrestling, including takedowns, control, and pins, while developing essential skills like endurance, speed, and teamwork.

Our classes are dynamic and challenging, providing a stimulating environment where participants can grow both physically and mentally. 


Muay Thai & KICKBOXING  at Gracie Barra Westchase offers a unique experience, combining the tradition of Muay Thai with the exceptional values and training methods of Gracie Barra. The benefits extend beyond physical development. Explore the authenticity of the Thai martial and Kickboxing art while cultivating discipline, respect, and self-confidence. Our highly qualified instructors, led by UFC and Invicta veteran, Juliana “Ju Thai” Lima, guide students on a journey of technical refinement, physical conditioning, and personal growth, promoting a balance between mind and body. At Gracie Barra Westchase, Muay Thai is not just a practice; it’s a path to strengthen the mind, enhance physical fitness, and build a community committed to mutual success.


Welcome to the kickboxing and Muay Thai program at Gracie Barra Westchase, where you’ll experience the exhilarating combination of striking techniques and intense workouts. Our program caters to individuals of all levels, whether you’re a beginner looking to learn the basics or an experienced practitioner honing your skills. Through our classes, you’ll master the art of kickboxing and Muay Thai, learning powerful strikes, defensive maneuvers, and effective combinations.

Join us for dynamic and challenging sessions that will push your limits both physically and mentally. Whether you’re aiming to improve your fitness, learn self-defense techniques, or compete in the ring, our experienced instructors are here to support and guide you every step of the way.

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.