At Gracie Barra Slidell, Louisiana, we strive to help students get the most out of their training. For students with consistency and dedication, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu becomes a life-style and students can readily enjoy all the benefits of the Jiu-Jitsu or the “Gentle Art”. Working from the assumption that Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu must be embraced as a lifelong journey, Master Carlos Gracie Jr. has designed an effective learning plan or program of study that allows for students to naturally progress from the white belt to the black belt.
All Gracie Barra students have the dream of becoming a black belt. However, this is not an easy goal and a lot of consistency and dedication is required. To fulfill the promise of facilitating students’ learning, Gracie Barra Programs are structured logically to keep students motivated to learn, practice and perform.
A typical Gracie Barra student starts with an introductory class, where he or she will learn the overall self-defense strategy of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and afterwards enroll in the Gracie Barra Fundamentals Program. After four (4) months of training and learning all the techniques comprising the Fundamental’s curriculum, the student will be recommended to join the Gracie Barra Advanced Program. With eight (8) months of training and experience, the student will have the maturity level and enough knowledge to enroll on the Gracie Barra Black Belt Program. It is in the Gracie Barra Black Belt Program where he or she will be exposed to all kinds of training dynamics, including MMA, BJJ No-Gi and high level BJJ-Gi, so that the student develops his or her own Jiu-Jitsu game, strategy and technique(s).
The Head Instructor at Gracie Barra of Slidell is Trey Howard. Trey started training with the Gracie Barra team in 2006 under Gracie Barra Black Belt Professor Rafael Ellwanger, head professor of Gracie Barra Northshore. Over the last 5 years Trey has had the opportunity to have been taught by two other world class Gracie Barra Black Belts, Alexandre “Dande” And Rodrogi “Digao” Queiroz Vilas Boas. Having the chance to learn the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu from three different Black Belts has helped Trey learn different style’s of BJJ and different methods of teaching the art. Please contact “Coach” Trey for more information on our Adult or Kids programs.