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Gracie Barra Santa Barbara Jiu Jitsu Academy

The Gracie Barra School in Santa Barbara, California, is well known in the local Martial Arts community for its commitment to teaching high level Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. At our school, you will receive hands on attention from our world class instructor who will monitor your progress in a clean, safe, healthy and friendly environment. Unlike most Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu schools, in our dojo we work in accordance with your needs. Whatever your goals, our mission is to provide a class that is fit for you to help you attain your objective. Whether you want to became a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu champion or just want to get in shape, we are here to assure you will reach your goals while you have a lot of fun rolling around.

During our classes you will find that the techniques of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu are based on leverage and do not require strength or speed. It doesn’t matter if you’ve ever practiced martial arts before. At Gracie Barra Santa Barbara you will find a healthy and friendly environment where you will learn and develop, step by step, all the physical skills necessary to perform the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu techniques.

Rodrigo Clark began training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 1992, at the age of 16, under masters Jose Henrique Leao Teixeira and Helio Soneca Moreira, at the Gavea Jiu-Jitsu Academy. A couple of years later, Rodrigo joined the Gracie Barra School where he had the chance to learn from the legendary Master Carlos Gracie Jr. and train among the best Jiu-Jitsu fighters in the world.

Since he decided to start teaching in the United States, Rodrigo chose Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as his career, totally dedicating himself to it. Rodrigo has over 14 years of experience training and competing in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and has left the mats several times as a champion, achieving many national and international titles. Rodrigo Clark is a Black Belt under Carlos Gracie Jr. and an official Gracie Barra representative.

Stop by for a FREE intro class and find out why BJJ is considered by many one of the most effective and realistic forms of martial arts training available!

  • Levi says:

    Professor Rodrigo Clark is fantastic. Him and all his students are very welcoming. I trained jiu-jitsu, muay thai, boxing, kick boxing,judo, and wrestling for a few years. I have been needing a new home to train and been bouncing around from place to place. This is my NEW home and I love my new home and new family. All have been inclusive from white belt to black belt, they all want to help you improve. I was tore between Paragon and Gracie Barra. I found that Gracie Barra was the better choice. Very happy with the decision and hoping it will be a long and continue relationship

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