(24 votes, average: 3.50 out of 5)
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Gracie Barra Mebane is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu academy that is led by 4th degree Black Belt Rubens Rodrigues.

The school prides itself on being a friendly and welcoming community of people who share the goal of improving and growing together. You will find what you are looking for whether you want to learn self defense, succeed in competition, get in shape or just have fun.

Mission Statement of Gracie Barra Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

“We seek to train body, mind and spirit through the highest level of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instruction. We envison it as a vehicle for individual development and the strengthening of the family spirit, going beyond the winning-losing or contest philosophy.”
~ Master Carlos Gracie, Jr.

The Gracie Barra School in Mebane, NC is committed to teaching high level Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and fitness. At our school, you will receive hands on attention from our world class instructors who will monitor your progress in a clean, safe, and family-friendly environment.

Black belt professor, Rubens Rodrigues owns and operates the academy.

Our school is for everyone and anyone who is looking to get in shape, learn self defense, and improve the overall quality of their lives. In addition our family-oriented environment is a perfect place to teach your children to feel safe everyday not only when they are at school or outside playing, but also in developing their self-confidence and discipline.

If you are interested in learning more about the great benefits that Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu can bring to your life, call today to schedule your free trial class!

Why Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?

If you truly want to defend yourself, you need to know how to protect yourself on the ground. It has been shown countless times that a smaller, weaker person will be forced to the ground — intentionally or accidentally — when attacked by a larger, stronger assailant. With Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu it is not only possible to survive such situations, but to gain control and ultimately force the attacker into submission or unconsciousness.

Brazilian or “Gracie” Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art that was created by the Gracie family of Brazil in the earlier 20th century. What started as a form of Japanese jujutsu and judo evolved into a unique system as the founders of the art, Carlos and Helio Gracie, and their sons and students further refined the techniques, combat theories and strategies. The Gracies are famous for fighting many “vale tudo” (no rules) matches against other martial artists, and it was through these fights that Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu developed as a system of using leverage and superior position to subdue and defeat much heavier and stronger opponents.

Today Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is the premiere grappling and ground fighting art in the world, and a must for self defense, law enforcement and mixed martial arts competition.

Is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu right for my child?

What sets Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu apart from other martial arts is its emphasis on practicality and real-world performance. Your child is not going to memorize forms or kata, dead patterns. They aren’t going to learn to chop and kick the air or break boards. They are going to learn realistic and proven techniques for self defense — just like adults — in a fun, friendly and safe environment.
Benefits of BJJ

  • Learn self defense.
  • Get in shape and feel healthier.
  • Build confidence and determination.
  • Have fun.


  • Chris says:

    Great group of guys! I went to visit a class and could not have asked for a better team to work with. The Head instructor has to be the highest ranking BJJ teacher within a few hundred miles. Class was great and all the students I rolled with were very helpful.

    I am an instructor at another gym and I decided to take my kid to the best MT Instructor i could find. So, that is why my son trains here. He loves to go to class and Aaron is great with all the kids. I dont worry that my son is learning any junk because Aaron is the best around.

    I hope to go back soon.

  • John says:

    I have been training with Professor Rubens Rodrigues for over two years and he is the best, detail oriented instructor I have ever trained with. He teaches a traditional style of Jiu Jitsu that is guaranteed to surpass other Jiu-Jitsu schools around. If anyone has the opportunity to try a class, I highly recommend it and promise that you will see the difference in the instruction. “Organized like a team, Fighting like a family”

  • Mike says:

    A very knowledgeable and, enthusiastic BJJ Professor. He runs a friendly, but serious and, disciplined class and, you’ll find it a great place to learn BJJ and, train with a great bunch of folks (men, women and, kids!) He is one guy who can answer your questions and, explains why things work.
    He is very detailed and, you’ll learn not only high percentage submissions, but multiple counters, escapes and, ways to move. Come by and, check him out, I think you’ll find his school to be one of the best places to learn Jiu-Jitsu, both as a sport and, self-defense.

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