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I have been training here for almost 3 months. It's been such a great experience learning jiu jitsu from Professor Raz and all the coaches. This gym provides a friendly atmosphere and full with awesome people willing to help each other. Professor Raz’s approach to teaching is highly technical and practical. I can definitely see myself getting stronger physically and mentally in just 3 months of training. 100% recommended to anyone who is interested in learning Jiu Jitsu.
I had a great experience at this BJJ gym. Parking was easy, the space was clean, and the staff were friendly and welcoming. Professor Raz has immense knowledge and is a fantastic instructor. I would recommend this gym to anyone interested in learning Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. I am 45 and just getting into this sport. This is a friendly environment for what might be considered an older athlete in this context.
Hands down the best martial arts I could have enrolled my kid in. Here he learns so much more than the sport itself. We have been attending this gym for over 2 years. Through the pandemic they offered online classes at a discounted rate for the kids. My kid has learned respect , antibullying and self defense. Here we are part of a family . The professors are amazing with the kids. All of them. Highly recommend this location .
I recently joined Gracie Barra New West and it's been a great experience so far. Everyone here is very friendly and patient especially with beginners like myself. Professor Raz is very helpful and made the whole process of starting Jui Jitsu very easy. I would definitely recommend this gym to anyone thinking about joining.
Best jujitsu gym I’ve ever been to, everyone is so nice and has absolutely zero ego. Super friendly environment but be ready for the workout of your life the competition is sky high and the skill level of everyone at the gym is through the roof lots of top tournament guys at the gym all the time but don’t worry everyone teaches everyone. Professor raz and professor don are awesome. Really great to learn from two legends of the sport and have a laugh with aswell
Family oriented training in a fun and safe environment. Coaches are always available to help students get better. Students are also keen to help each other out. We succeed together. Being in my 40s, I wasn't sure if I would be able to keep up. GB New Westminster has shown me not only can I keep up, but I can also hold my own. Some days it's hard on my body, but nothing worth doing is ever easy, and this is worth doing for anyone at any age.
JG Wong recommends Gracie Barra New Westminster Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
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Professor Raz has created a safe and inclusive space for all at Gracie Barra New West. No matter if you're beginner or are a Jiu Jitsu veteran, you'll get encouraging and professional coaching. And will always get a good roll in with the other upbeat and supportive members and coaching staff.
10/10 recommend whether you want to compete or just get your back side off the couch.
Espo Olwap recommends Gracie Barra New Westminster Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
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Clean and Safe Training environment, Very Clear and easy to catch up teaching strategy, Very Professional and accurate, will make you a better person. Physically, mentally,spiritually and emotionally.
Chris McGuinness recommends Gracie Barra New Westminster Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
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What can I say but amazing! from the space to the Coaches! We watched the little champs having a blast with games and when it came to our class we learned new techniques and had some great gi and no gi sparing!
100% would recommend for any parent!
Professor Raz is one of the best martial artists that come out of Vancouver, BC. He has such deep knowledge of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and is able to communicate those moves to all ages and skill level. I highly recommend Professor Raz and GB New Westminister. My whole family takes his classes/program and we’ve learned so much from our fitness/health to the mental part of the game.
Professor Raz is one of the most knowledgeable and technical instructors I've ever had the pleasure to learn from. Highly recommended!
Professor Raz is one of the best instructors out there. He has elite level talent developed over many years and has a passion for training lower level students. You can be sure you’re learning excellent, and practical, technique with Prof Raz.
Great place to learn and practice BJJ. Professor Raz is one of the best and always goes into tiny details when explaining a technique. Clean facilities and friendly students.
This place is not just a school, but a great community for you to learn and experiment with Jiu-Jitsu. On top of that you have a very attentive teacher, Raz, who is invested in your progress and helping you develop your own style of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
I started training at Gracie Barra New Westminster a little less than a year ago. It's been such a great experience learning brazilian jiu jitsu from Professor Raz and all the coaches. Such a great welcoming environment with such care for all the students no matter your age or fitness level.
Prof. Raz is one of the finest instructors in the lower mainland. Great group of people and clean well maintained gym.
Professor Raz is a great instructor.
And the gym in New West is amazing.
Full of professional and child friendly environment.
Amazing place to learn self defense for all ages!
Cein Duignan recommends Gracie Barra New Westminster Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
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Professor Raz is hands down one of the best Bjj coaches out there!! I've been on and off the mats for over ten years and in that time I'm grateful to have had the chance to train under Raz. His dedication to his students, mixed with his passion for the sport translates directly into his teachings. Whether you are seasoned or new to the sport, Raz's attention to detail and welcoming environment will make sure you walk away with something new learned and a positive experience! If you want to learn from one of the best around, Professor Raz is the man to go see!!
Mollie Burke recommends Gracie Barra New Westminster Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
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Professor Raz has been with me since day 1 of my Jiu Jitsu journey, through injuries, weird questions, and competitions. He is dedicated to his students and will always be there to help those who want it. He emulates the hard work and focus that he expects in his students, and cultivates a culture of kindness and respect. A fantastic coach and attentive professor, he makes BJJ accessible and understandable for the newest white belts, and comprehensive and continually challenging for all the levels up. He focuses on the concepts and reasons behind and for each movement. This is crucial as it empowers students to cultivate their own personal style of BJJ that fits with their body type and who they are, while always remaining technically flawless. He is all about Jiu Jitsu as a life long endeavour and art form, rather than a quick fix exercise routine. It's been an inspiring year of training under him, and I know I will be learning techniques and skills from Professor Raz for life.
Walter Mack recommends Gracie Barra New Westminster Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
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My son Ayden has recently joined Gracie Barra and is loving the program. He comes home from each class and explains what he has learned each day.
The instructors are very respectful and encouraging. Their patience and calm guidance have made my son relaxed and ready to learn.
Recently they have sent each student home with a pink bracelet representing their anti bullying program. Each student was given 5 bracelets to give out to his friends. Ayden did this immediately the next morning and some of his friends have been wearing them ever since. The message on it is “Be a buddy not a bully” which I think resonates with us all.
Thank you Raz, Walt and Jason for making my sons introduction to your program a positive and enriching experience. We are looking forward to long relationship.
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Eb Chan recommends Gracie Barra New Westminster Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
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Excellent instruction, clean, and a safe training environment.
Sebi Miron recommends Gracie Barra New Westminster Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
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A Great place to learn self discipline, technical ability and endurance. I highly recommend this school! Never too young or too old to start Jiu-Jitsu
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As people grow older, they begin to find ways to be more productive and make use of their time. For senior citizens, in particular, they find that there is even more time they need to utilize and want to do so effectively. Many will go out and find other jobs while others will pursue hobbies and activities that they never could before retirement. Martial arts is one activity that many seniors should take advantage of in their pursuit of finding a participatory activity. There are many benefits associated with taking martial arts classes.
Sustain Mental Health
Growing older can be a wonderful thing as people become more experienced and wise in their lifetimes. However, the brain does not function as quickly or healthy as it did during childhood. With that said, seniors tend to experience more issues such as memory loss or slower reactions. Martial arts can significantly help alleviate these symptoms. It does so through the discipline and constant practice of reflexive routines that help seniors keep their mental alertness. The brain is a muscle that needs to be exercised just as much as other muscles within the body. Martial arts for seniors is especially important in maintaining their own mental health and awareness.
Make Friends and Build Community
As seniors grow into their retirements, their friend circles tend to decrease over time. They are no longer going to work each day and seeing their co-workers on a regular basis. Enlisting in and taking martial arts classes gives them a chance to make new friends and build a community. People in martial arts classes share a common interest in the sport. They may all have joined for different reasons, but the outcome is the same. There are a multitude of exercises that involve partner and group activities. This builds teamwork and each person feels connected to the entire group. They all build a sense of camaraderie and hold each other accountable. Again, this is a great reason for seniors to join martial arts classes because they need to be able to socialize and feel welcomed in things that foster that type of behavior.
Exercise is vitally important to everyone, but specifically to senior citizens. Bodily functions and strength are just not the same when it comes to a senior’s body versus people in their 30s. In order to keep up a healthy body, a senior should be sure to build muscle and bone strength. Osteoporosis is one of the most common conditions that any senior will begin to experience. This comes from a weak skeletal structure. To protect their bones, they need to build up their muscle strength. Martial arts tremendously helps with building that muscle strength as well as a person’s overall endurance.
Heart disease is another common ailment for people over the age of 40. Practicing martial arts will significantly reduce a senior’s risk for heart diseases because of the physical routines associated with its art.
Martial arts for seniors should be something that many people consider to be an all- around activity. Not only does it provide a chance for them to be active, but it can give them multiple mental benefits as well. Giving seniors the chance to do something once considered unconventional is an amazing opportunity to give them back their sense of self and confidence.