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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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5 Benefits of Martial Arts Training (That Have Nothing to Do With Fighting)
December 13, 2022
If you’re like most people, when you think of martial arts, you probably think of fighting. Maybe you picture Bruce Lee going toe-to-toe with Chuck Norris in Enter the Dragon. Maybe you think of Jackie Chan flying through the air, kicking and punching his way to victory. Or maybe you just think of people hitting each other really hard (ouch!).
But what you might not realize is that there are lots of benefits to martial arts training that have nothing to do with fighting. In fact, martial arts can be a great way to improve your health, relieve stress, and make new friends—just to name a few. Interested in learning more? Here are five benefits of martial arts training that might just surprise you.
1. You’ll Get in Shape (and Have Fun Doing It!)
One of the best things about martial arts is that it’s a great workout. And we all know that regular exercise is essential for good health. But the thing that sets martial arts apart from other forms of exercise is that it’s also incredibly fun. When you’re kicking and punching your way through a workout, you probably won’t even realize how hard you’re working—which means you’ll be more likely to stick with it in the long run. Plus, as an added bonus, many martial arts styles also emphasize discipline and respect—two things that will come in handy both inside and outside the dojo.
2. You’ll Be More Coordinated (and Stronger) than Ever Before
Martial arts training requires split-second timing and precise movements. As a result, it’s a great way to improve your coordination and motor skills. And since many martial arts techniques rely on using your own body weight for resistance, you’ll also get stronger without having to lift a single weight. In other words, martial arts is a great way to tone your whole body—without even realizing it!
3. You’ll Reduce Stress and Boost Your Mood
We all know that exercise is a great way to reduce stress—but what you might not realize is that martial arts is one of the most effective forms of stress relief out there. That’s because when you’re focused on throwing a punch or perfecting a kick, you’re not focused on whatever it is that’s stressing you out. As a result, martial arts can help “quiet” your mind and give you some much-needed relief from day-to-day worries. And since martial arts is also a great workout, it can also boost your mood by releasing endorphins (aka “happy hormones”) into your system. So next time you’re feeling stressed out or down in the dumps, consider heading to the nearest karate studio—you just might feel better afterwards!
4. You’ll Make New Friends (and Improve Your Social Life)
When you join a martial arts class, you’ll quickly find yourself surrounded by people with similar interests—people who enjoy working out, learning new things, and pushing themselves outside their comfort zones. And as you continue training together week after week, chances are good that those people will start to feel like family. So if your social life could use a little boost, look no further than your local karate dojo—you just might make some friends for life!
5. You’ll Be More Confident (And Might Even Learn How to Defend Yourself)
Finally, one of the best things about martial arts is that it can help build your confidence both inside and outside the dojo. As you learn new techniques and become more physically fit, you’ll start to feel better about yourself both mentally and emotionally—and might even surprise yourself with what you’re capable of achieving! Plus, should the need ever arise, knowing how to defend yourself can be extremely empowering—not to mention downright useful in dangerous situations.”
There are lots of reasons why someone might want to try martial arts training—and believe it or not, fighting isn’t one of them! From improved physical fitness and coordination to reduced stress levels and increased confidence, there are plenty of benefits to be gained from taking up this ancient form of self-defense. So if you’ve been thinking about trying something new (and potentially life-changing), why not give martial arts a try? Who knows? You just might find yourself hooked!