At Watson Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, our philosophy and our passion are one and the same. We are dedicated to making a positive impact on people’s lives by exposing them to the many benefits martial arts has to offer. By combining a safe, friendly learning environment with quality instruction, we provide an atmosphere that fosters self-confidence, self-discipline and respect.

Whether you are interested in competition, getting in shape, learning self-defense, or just need a hobby, we guide you along the way, ensuring that you get the most out of your experience.

Kyle Watson holds the rank of brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under the legendary Gracie lineage. The Gracie family is responsible for developing the art. Kyle’s instructors, Jack McVicker and Megaton Diaz, are both black belts under the world renowned Royler Gracie. Kyle has been competing in BJJ for the last ten years and has medaled in some of the sport’s most prestigious tournaments. He has even traveled to Brazil, the birthplace of Jiu-Jitsu, several times to train and compete. To further enhance his grappling skills, Kyle has also spent time studying wrestling.

In addition to his training on the ground, Kyle spent many years developing his striking skills. He holds the rank of red/black belt in Jeet Kune Do Concepts under Jack McVicker. Originally developed by Bruce Lee, Jeet Kune Do (JKD) has evolved into one of the most effective striking arts. Due to its strategies for surviving realistic street altercations, JKD has been taught to our Navy Seals, as well as many police departments. However, with many of the tactics in JKD being illegal for sport competition due to their brutal nature, Kyle spent many years also training Muay Thai kickboxing with Ryan Blackorby to supplement his stand-up training for the ring.

While many martial arts instructors hold day jobs and only teach in the evenings or on weekends, Kyle is devoted to teaching full time. And it is evident through his meticulous instruction and the frequent successes of his students. He is currently one of the head coaches of the H.I.T. Squad, a gym run by nine-time UFC Champion Matt Hughes. With his vast knowledge, skill and experience, he is the best choice to help you achieve your martial arts goals!

Watson Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is based at H.I.T. Squad in Granite City, Illinois in the St. Louis area, but holds seminars at different venues. Please check our website for his most current schedule!


  • Jeremy Brown says:

    The greatest asset to the gym is Kyle’s personality. He is a very friendly and casual instructor that makes everyone feel welcome. He is also the best martial arts teacher I’ve had. After training at 4 different gyms, I can appreciate the time he takes with each student to ensure that everyone is learning and progressing. Kyle has a very loyal and dedicated group of students that are also very willing to help. I drive into St. Louis to get to the gym from Illinois. Since it is just a few miles across the river, it allows for easy access. I would recommend to students of any skill level to try out one of his free trial periods.

  • Rob Cwiklowski says:

    I started going to the Jiu Jitsu classes last year at another Gym, that Kyle Watson taught at, in Granite city, after my current personal trainer told me I should give it a try. I went and watched a class, then I tried it out, and even though it was way out of my comfort zone, I really enjoyed it. The new location on Forest Park Parkway is closer to me, as I live in St. Louis City. Kyle is very good at teaching the different moves and gives great feedback when he watches us attempt them. I am doing this to learn some self defense and it is a great physical workout. I think that this is a great place to learn and anyone can do it, I am 45yrs old and my son has also tried it out, he is 13yrs old. It is a great environment and all of the other students are very helpful too

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