|A Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and self defence martial arts club for children and adults in the heart of the community. Gracie Barra Westbury is the embodiment of the “Jiu Jitsu for everyone” motto. With over 250 members ranging from 3 to 60 years old! Where men, women, boys and girls from all walks of life come together to enjoy this incredible martial art. Developed to enable the smaller, weaker practitioner to overcome the bigger, stronger individual. Training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is the perfect way to empower yourself, gain confidence and get in shape amongst a community of positive and supportive teammates.
With over 40 classes per week spread across 7 days, including kids, adults, beginners, advanced, competition training and open mat sessions. There is something for everyone regardless of your age or experience.
The club is run by local brothers Luke and Clayton Chamberlain. Both lifelong martial artists and students of world champion and head of the Gracie Barra organisation in Europe, Professor Victor Estima. Training since 2009 and having competed on the international stage, the brothers have developed a strong reputation in the Jiu Jitsu community. Which has lead to them receiving the honour of being promoted to their current ranks of black belt (Luke) and brown belt (Clayton) by their renowned Professor.
After opening in May 2017 starting in David Lloyd Westbury on Trym, the club fast outgrew it’s training space and relocated until finding a home in its current venue, The Youth Centre on Greystoke Avenue. A fully renovated space large enough to sustain the clubs ever expanding member base and timetable.
Amongst its many successes on the competition scene through the efforts of both kids and adults students. From local level, securing best academy at the Bristol Open. To national level winning gold at the British championships. All the way to an array of medals at the European championships. What the club regards as it’s biggest achievement is it’s community of members and families that have supported the and helped build the club. Without this commitment to each other and the common goal of sharing the benefits of Jiu Jitsu with as many people as possible, Gracie Barra Westbury would not have become such a success.
One of the club’s main goals has always been to make roots in the local community spreading its message of Jiu Jitsu for everyone. This goal has recently been further realised with coaches taking women’s self defence sessions at both Redmaids’ High school and also girls groups within the youth centre itself. Helping to empower young women to navigate the world with confidence.
Moving forward and working closely with local charity, Southmead Development Trust. Plans are in place to take the club into a purpose built academy. Where it can continue to provide the best possible service for its members and also to further serve the community by offering sessions to more local groups that could improve their quality of life and enjoy the many benefits of training Jiu Jitsu and learning self defence.