New, high-level jiu-jitsu training is available in Bristol with the opening of the Gracie Barra Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy in the Goosecreek Shopping Center, near Exit 7.
Owned and operated by instructors Taylor Griffin and Logan Griffin, the academy specializes in Jiu-Jitsu for Everyone. Jiu-jitsu is combat sport that promotes physical fitness, self-defense — and a fun way to work out. Offering classes for adults and children, of all or no experience levels, the academy is open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week. Specific day and evening class times are available, as well as a special hour for children.
At Gracie Barra Bristol, the focus is learning the best techniques in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Affiliated with seven-time World Champion Samuel Braga, we pride ourselves on our technical understanding of jiu jitsu and our energetic, positive learning environment for all ages and skill levels. As the Gracie Barra motto says, “Jiu Jitsu for Everyone”.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is the ideal platform for anyone seeking to increase both physical and mental strength. It also provides access to a community of jiu-jitsu practitioners around the world.
“It’s a life-changing sport,” Taylor Griffin said. “It helps you get in shape, build confidence, provides good self-defense techniques, gives you tools for dealing with stress, and you make a lot of friends.”
Taylor Griffin and his twin brother Logan Griffin both trained under seven-time world Jiu-Jitsu champion Samuel Braga, including spending a year in intensive, full-time instruction at Braga’s academy in Knoxville, Tenn. Logan Griffin is a brown belt instructor. Taylor Griffin is a purple belt instructor.
“Brazilian Jiu Jitsu gives you strength, but it teaches you to be humble and to defend yourself,” Logan Griffin said. “It also offers brotherhood and camaraderie.”
All students received their first full week of training at no charge. Monthly fees vary based on training time.
Interested students should drop by the academy at 100 Travelite Drive, Suites 4&5, in the Goose Greek Shopping Center near Exit 7, or give Taylor or Logan a call at 276-591-7932.