Jiu Jitsu For Everyone

"Organised like a team, Fighting like family"


Gracie Barra Keynsham is a welcoming club where friendship and family go hand in hand with high quality training. It doesn’t matter what your background is or what your goals are. From busy workers looking to get fit and learn a new skill to Professional fighters who want to sharpen their Brazilian Jiu -Jitsu game, all are welcome. We provide an exciting and challenging environment that will allow you to achieve your goals.

What is brazilian jiu jitsu

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a martial art and combat sport system that focuses on grappling with particular emphasis on ground fighting. BJJ is founded on the concept that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend themselves against a bigger, stronger, heavier opponent. This is done by using technique, leverage, and most notably, taking the fight to the ground, and then applying joint locks and chokeholds to defeat the opponent. BJJ training can be used for sport grappling tournaments and in self-defense situations.

Coach - Damien

Damien is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt and has been training in 'the gentle art' since 2010. He is a well respected teacher and active competitor on the UK BJJ circuit with many medals to his name. Damien has been teaching BJJ since 2015 and has developed an engaging and highly effective style of teaching that caters for every student regardless. He is a welcoming and approachable coach and wants nothing more than his students to get the most out of their Brazilian Jiu Jitsu journey. 


Coach - Mike

Mike is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Brown belt with many years of grappling experience, he is a respected martial artist and also the Keynsham Combat Academy Muay Thai head coach. He has travelled to Brazil to further his Jiu Jitsu learning and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Gracie Barra Keynsham. Mike runs the BJJ fundamentals classes on Monday evenings focusing on building a strong foundation and understanding of the core principals of grappling. 

Robert G

"Good atmosphere, awesome place to train. Excellent coaching. Highly recommend."

Arron H

"Fantastic club with a great coach. Everyone is really friendly and it has a good family atmosphere."


"Damien and the team are one of the best most inclusive sports teams/families I’ve ever belonged to. They are none judgemental of my newness and ability and so much fun to be a part of.
In just under 6 weeks I’ve gained fitness, lost a substantial amount of excess weight and gained confidence in my own abilities both physically and mentally.
I would, without hesitation, recommend Gracie Barra Keynsham to all ages, abilities and genders you won’t be disappointed."

Shelley H

"Awesome place to train, fantastic teaching very patient and supportive ☺️ I felt part of the Gracie Barra Keynsham family instantly! Building my confidence and self esteem with every session, and a genuinely lovely bunch of guys! I love this place!!!"

Kim K

"Damien is a very good teacher, patient and relaxed. Great for kids or those less sure of themselves...even the 'Peter Crouch' of martial arts who looks like a drunk spider on the mats - me! Looking forward to more sessions with my daughter."


Absolutely no upfront commitments or membership agreements required.