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Master Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at Gracie Barra Las Cruces

By Marina I. Jokic

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a unique form of the well-known martial art that evolved from the grappling style of judo. At Gracie Barra Las Cruces, instructors train students in a variety of classes including Brazilian Jiu Jitsu which emphasizes leverage and technique as a way to defeat larger opponents.

In the world of martial arts, this type of Jiu Jiutsu is considered to be very physically demanding in its movements, especially when making contact with the opponent. The practice of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu offers an intense workout, long-term health benefits, and teaches strict discipline.

"We offer a kid's sports Jiu Jitsu class that can help your kids get interested in living a fit and balanced lifestyle," Angela Benitez, program director, said. "Whether you're searching for a youth after-school program, workout classes for weight loss, or just an overall active lifestyle, all students benefit from discipline of the body, mind, and spirit."

At Gracie Barra, adults and kids are welcome to sample from a diverse menu of classes including self-defense and aerobic exercises. Head instructor Jacob Benitez explains that Brazilian Jiu Jitsu was developed as a comprehensive martial art system just as any of its sister disciplines. Starting from a standing position, the practitioner engages in combat with the goal of pinning his or her opponent to the floor and establishing control.

"Give it a try, you won't regret it," Jacob Benitez said. "Everyone learns at their own pace, but [no one] can truly start learning until [he or she tries]."

Jacob Benitez

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu develops self-defense skills, fitness, strength, cardio, and balance in its practitioners. The key to success is consistency and repetition, says Jacob Benitez. At Gracie Barra, training kids is a major focus and helps them build confidence and physical strength. The studio is staffed with some of the most experienced and skilled martial artists who are passionate about teaching their students life-saving self-defense skills.

"[Gracie Barra instructors teach you what] to do if someone grabs you, whether [he] be a bully on the playground or an attacker on the street," Jacob Benitez said. "Self-defense, true, real self-defense, the kind that works in all situations, when practiced at a young age will develop skills that will grow with the child and become part of who [he or she is, like] muscle memory."

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