Gracie Barra Federal Way is the premier Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy in the South Puget Sound, Washington area. Our academy is headed by Kevin Smith and Shawn Joseph, both are black belts in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu certified under Rodrigo Lopes and Carlos Gracie Jr. Our academy trains very hard and we focus on developing basic through advanced skills in all of our students.
We regularly host tournaments and are avid participants in local and regional tournaments. We encourage everyone who is interested to check out our academy. We are one big family and we are always open to new members. We are committed to providing the best Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training by promoting a positive mental attitude, the highest level of focus on fitness and health, and a culture of respect and self-discipline!
Instructor Kevin Smith is a black belt through the Gracie Barra Team. His Instructor Rodrigo Lopes has worked with Kevin for many years and has been a great inspiration as an instructor. Kevin has been involved in many types of martial arts, and has been teaching Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for the past 18 years. He has invested many years in training and volunteered support to keep Brazilian Jiu Jitsu going in Washington, which is now the biggest Martial Art in the world. After being absent from competition for the past ten years; Kevin recently competed in the Pan Am 2010 Jiu Jitsu Competition and placed 3rd in his division.