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Practical Self Defense And So Much More. Royce Gracie Jiu-jitsu Changes Lives.

Royce Gracie Jiu-Jitsu (Self-Defense) is the absolute BEST self defense system for kids because it teaches them to protect themselves in a humane & rational manner that minimizes the likelihood of additional consequences, escalation, and injury. But it’s about more than that.  It’s a tool to help them develop focus & discipline, and become leaders.

Build Your Child's Confidence, STOP Bullying & Have FUN!

Through a balanced approach of structure & discipline, in a fun and positive learning environment, kids gain the skills & confidence to understand appropriate boundaries & stand up for themselves, while focusing on developing positive character traits such as Courage, Respect, Honesty, & Helpfulness.

Parents LOVE the results from our Kids Jiu-Jitsu Program here in Palmyra.

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Prepares Your Child For Success In Life.

Give your child the tools to not only survive but to thrive! Royce Gracie Jiu-Jitsu (Self-Defense) helps kids with discipline, focus, goal setting, and positivity to help them succeed in life.  

Our proven method teaches kids essential life skills, such as learning to stay calm & solve problems under pressure. Every time they step on the mat, they’re preparing for life.

That’s what makes our Kids Jiu-Jitsu Classes  in Palmyra so powerful!

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"Two of our children are gaining self confidence and the training needed to become advocates for others as well as the ability to defend their selves when needed."

"It's a fun way for them to exercise + confidently learn how to defend themselves! The kids are also learning the code of a warrior, which helps them build character, focus, emotional control and SO many other good things."

Frequently Asked Questions

Our Mission is to enhance the lives of each of our students, by helping them to achieve their individual goals & optimize their physical, mental, & emotional well-being, by providing the highest quality martial arts training, focusing on the development of realistic self-defense skills, in a safe, clean, welcoming, professional, family-friendly environment.

We offer training for students of all skill and experience levels! Even if you’ve never stepped foot in a martial arts class before, our instructors will guide you step by step through our structured program format, to help you get started with your training. We offer classes specifically geared towards beginners, and we have new students joining our program all the time. Everyone trains at their own pace and ability level, so you never have to worry about trying to keep up with anyone else! 

Everyone trains at their own pace and to their own capacity. While it is always recommended to consult your physician before beginning any physical training regimen, training in our programs does not require any extraordinary amount of athleticism, flexibility, or endurance. The reality is that most students who want to “wait to get in shape” to start training, usually do neither.  Our entire program is designed for you to come as you are!

The fact is, whatever your level of fitness when you start you will increase your capacity and get in better shape through training. Many of our students see significant weight loss and improvements in their overall fitness levels after just a few weeks of consistent training.    

Most people find that the classes at Royce Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Missouri are so fun and mentally engaging they don’t even realize how hard they are working! 

Serious injuries are very, very rare occurance! Of course, as with any physical activity, it is impossible to totally eliminate the potential for injury.  While we practice in very practical, hands on manner, safety is always one of our top priorities. We make every effort to reduce the potential risks of injuries for our students and provide careful supervision, particularly for our younger students. 

We typically find that more injuries to our students happen in everyday life outside of the academy than on our mats at Royce Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Missouri!

We find that most of our youth students focus better when they’re not focused on watching their parents.  To best maximize our space and to reduce distractions to our students & staff, we don’t typically allow parents inside the training area during youth classes, except during special occasions, such as belt promotions.  However, we want you to be able to see your child’s progress, so we do provide live streaming for parents through a secure link for all of our youth classes, so you can feel confident in keeping up with everything going on remotely.

We don’t require parents to stay during classes.  However, we do find that parents who get involved with their kids Jiu-jitsu lessons, truly build a solid connection as they see their child grow in confidence and skill as they progress through their belt ranks.   And building strong family units is important to us at Royce Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Missouri for our Palmyra community.

If you need to catch up on some much needed ‘me-time’,  simply drop them off, and go grab a coffee.  They will greet you with a huge smile when you return, because they had SO much fun!

We love for our parents to be involved!  And so do their kids.  Even better… join into some of our Jiu-jitsu classes for adults. Your kids will love that you have something in common, and it’s a great way to build a strong family bond!  We even have a special “Family Class” where parents and their kids can train together!

Don’t worry, equipment for Jiu-jitsu training is minimal, and we will take care of everything you need! A white Official Royce Gracie Jiu-jitsu Network gi (uniform) and team rash guard is all that is required.  Ask how you can take advantage of our limited time signup bonus offer, to save on your complete training uniform! We even provide rental uniforms for the convenience of our students, in case you forget yours, or didn’t have time to launder it between classes.

Yes! Private and semi-private (up to 4 people) Jiu-Jitsu classes are available at Royce Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Missouri in Palmyra.  You can book an individual 30 or 60 minute class, or we also offer discounted multiple private class packages. Private classes are setup on an individual basis, so we can best accommodate your schedule. Contact us to schedule a class! 

We do not believe in using belt promotions as a marketing or retention tool. Everyone progresses at their own pace, based upon the amount of time that they dedicate to training.

Our youth & adult Jiu-jitsu programs have their own separate ranking structure. Jiu-Jitsu does not have “youth black belts”, as there is a certain level of maturity and demonstrated skill required to hold this prestigious rank. Once youth students reach age 16, they are graduated into the adult belt system. While we generally promote our youth students at a more accelerated rate than our adult students, we believe that training for self-improvement is its own reward, and promotions are just a side effect of hard work & marker of progress. We have minimum time and attendance requirements, however, every student is promoted on an individual basis, based upon actual demonstrated ability, as well as consistent attendance, personal character, and dedication to the program. Promotions are earned, not given.

A black belt is just a white belt that didn’t quit! 

There are many different “styles” of martial arts out there, and to the average person it can be hard to understand any difference and it all seems the same…it’s all ‘martial arts.’ 

However, all martial arts are NOT created equal. 

While demonstrations of “kata” and board breaking look impressive to the uninitiated, these feats are largely useless in an actual physical confrontation. The entire self-defense curriculum of Gracie Jiu-jitsu has been developed to replicate all of the most common actual grabs, attacks, or scenarios that actually occur in the most common, realistic street fight or bullying incident.  Gracie Jiu-jitsu (self-defense) has additionally developed a reputation for being one of the most effective martial arts for realistic self defense because of its hands on approach and training methodology where students can train and spare live, with full resistance on a live, attacking partner unlike many other forms of martial arts.  
One of the things that makes Jiu-jitsu so effective is the “liveness” of the training. While techniques must be learned first in a controlled environment with a cooperative partner, every position & technique is eventually practiced through live sparring against a resisting opponent. This allows students to realistically develop the timing, sensitivity, and confidence in the technique. In addition, because Jiu-jitsu focuses on efficiency of movement and the use of positional control and leverage over brute force, anyone can learn to be effective with the techniques of Jiu-jitsu, even against a larger, stronger, more athletic adversary! 

Our black belt instructor teaches every kids and adults class and was personally tested and promoted by the legendary Royce Gracie himself, so you can’t get closer to the original source than right here at Royce Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Missouri in Palmyra! 

Royce Gracie Jiu-jitsu (self-defense) was originally developed as a martial art of self-defense for the most common, realistic attacks and street fight encounters.  Royce Gracie does not believe in sport ‘bjj’ for tournaments or recreational competition. 

Since the popularization and spread of Gracie Jiu-jitsu in the 1990’s, organized tournaments for ‘jiu-jitsu’ have become widespread and commonplace with most of modern society’s understanding, views, and opinions of ‘jiu-jitsu’ based entirely upon their understanding of the ‘sport’ of jiu-jitsu for recreational tournaments and competitions.  ‘Jiu-jitsu’ – commonly now referred to as ‘bjj’ – has now become something entirely separate from the original Gracie Jiu-jitsu (self-defense) and most modern schools very specifically treat them as two very separate things: either they are doing ‘jiu-jitsu’ or they are doing ‘self-defense.’   The modern ‘sport’ of ‘bjj’ for tournament competitions is akin to many other sports, and it has changed and evolved so much since its inception that it resembles very little of the original martial art honed by Grandmaster Helio Gracie for realistic self-defense.  

Modern ‘bjj’ for sport competitions typically involves no striking, time limits, weight categories, points systems, and significant rulesets that competitors must understand as they try to win a medal against another athlete in the sport tournament competition.  

Large sport tournaments have become big business and big money makers.  The overwhelming majority of modern sport ‘bjj’ is designed entirely for the purpose of sport competition, and these rulesets eliminated any need for realistic self-defense techniques.  The entire stand-up self defense curriculum has been largely eliminated from most every modern sport jiu-jitsu academy.  Most any notion of training for self-defense has been eliminated in order for competitors to gain an advantage and spend all of their time focusing on techniques designed to win in a recreational sport tournament rather than defend themselves in a realistic street fight altercation. 

For these reasons, we are very honest in our deep understanding and focus on Royce Gracie Jiu-jitsu as a martial art of self-defense.  We focus entirely on the most common scenarios and attacks students will face in a real life altercation, like headlocks, hair grabs, shirt grabs, striking techniques, and even weapons defenses.  

If students are primarily interested in competition against other students, competing to win medals or playing the game of a sport or testing themselves in competition, we strongly encourage children to participate in the sport of wrestling, the best sport in the world!  (see our separate FAQ on wrestling!)      

While we do not prohibit students from actively competing, it is not our focus and we follow the guidance and views of Royce Gracie and do not support or encourage recreational ‘sport’ jiu-jitsu for tournament competitions.  

Not at all.  In fact, many students starting in our martial arts classes would describe themselves like that before they started.  So you will fit right in!

Give yourself some time, and you will be astounded at how much you improve!  You’ll find that our experienced professional Jiu-jitsu instructors, are great at making seemingly complex movements and concepts  simple.  You will be amazed at what you can do!

The techniques of Jiu-jitsu are the PERFECT tool to give your child the ability to effectively defend themselves in a physical altercation. Because our youth Jiu-jitsu program emphasizes the use of grappling based techniques over striking techniques, it is also one of the MOST HUMANE ways for your child to protect themselves! Through consistent practice, they will develop the ability to safely neutralize physical aggression WITHOUT the need to inflict any injury to a potential bully. In these days of “zero-tolerance” policies in schools, it is much better to simply immobilize and control a bully, than relying on punches and kicks that are less likely to be effective, may only increase the aggression, and look really bad when a student is left bleeding and potentially injured after the incident. 
However, there is more to the program than the physical techniques.  Often times, bullying doesn’t rise to the level of a physical attack, but that doesn’t make it any less damaging to your child’s psyche. The most common form of bullying is verbal bullying-name calling, teasing, harassment. Our Bullyproof system ALSO gives your child the tools to know how to effectively stand up for themselves verbally, and avoid a physical altercation, using a systematic, step-by-step approach. It will also give your child specific steps to use, as well as guidance on when and how it is ok to use the physical techniques of Jiu-jitsu to protect themselves, should the need arise. 

Yes! One of the great things about Jiu-jitsu classes, is that it’s an individual activity, done in a group environment.  We find all our students improve in their focus, self control, discipline and social skills.  But the best part is….they’re having so much fun, that don’t even realize that they are building critical “life skills” every time they step on the mat!

The best way to find out for yourself, is to get them in for a FREE introductory class.  You’ll find our team so helpful and dedicated to helping your child become the best version of themselves. Reserve your spot now!  You will be glad you did!

What value would you place on having the confidence to know that you can effectively defend yourself or your family, get in great shape, and develop greater self-confidence? Training in a reputable Jiu-jitsu program is making an investment in yourself!  We offer a variety of membership plans and payment options suited to meet your individual needs and budget. Family discounts are also available! You can review our membership options on our website here.

But, you can get started today for FREE!  It won’t cost you anything more than a little bit of your time to come in and see everything our program has to offer and if it is a good fit for you!

Fill out the form on our website or contact us directly to schedule your first FREE introductory class!

We have new students joining our community all the time, so we’ll be glad to show you first hand everything our program at Royce Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Missouri in Palmyra has to offer and how we can help you reach your goals!  However, spaces are limited, so contact us today to reserve your spot!

Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!  We will take care of everything you need for your first class!  We will provide you with a clean training gi (uniform), so you’ll be right at home on the mat from day one!

You may want to bring a water bottle, and some flip flops/sandals for off the mat, but other than that just plan to come in a few minutes early and we’ll take care of everything!

We. Love. Wrestling!  

Wrestling is the oldest and best sport in the world.  

Our black belt instructor wrestled locally here in the Tri-States and does everything he can to encourage and support children’s wrestling in the local communities.  Wrestling is a phenomenal sport like nothing else that teaches children discipline, hard work, and how to deal with defeat and take responsibility like no other sport can do, it is amazing!

It should be noted, however, that wrestling is hard!  Wrestling is a grind.  It is tough.  It is rough.  It is athletic.  And candidly wrestling is not always for everyone.  

Our program is somewhat different because it is designed for the weak, the timid, the unathletic – a program that slowly eases the beginner into comfort, confidence, and technical abilities before they are ever introduced to any live resistance or live techniques or sparring of any kind, so truly any child can train and succeed in our Gracie Jiu-jitsu (self-defense) program!

For those children that already participate and love the sport of wrestling, however, many parents have found that our program can offer wrestlers a very distinct advantage in exposure to takedowns, throwing techniques, and self-defense escapes that their opponents have never seen!  We focus on how to escape many of the most common headlocks and pinning positions using leverage, balance, and technical timing versus speed and athleticism: very, very advantageous and beneficial approaches that can be complete game changers and great different complimentary perspectives to wrestlers!  We have literally seen kids that began training Royce Gracie Jiu-jitsu (self-defense) place multiple times in high school state wrestling tournaments after training Jiu-jitsu their whole lives, and young, brand new wrestlers step onto the mat and launch their opponents with traditional jiu-jitsu throws – repeatedly, where no one knows the technique or how it is being done! 

And possibly most important, our kids develop the Gracie Jiu-jitsu (self-defense) Philosophy – the virtues of a Jiu-jitsu Warrior – to maintain emotional balance, a clear mind, and situational awareness that is a huge advantage in the extremely difficult sport of wrestling.  All wrestling careers come to an end.  Maybe that is MMA.  Maybe it is the Olympics.  But Royce Gracie Jiu-jitsu (self-defense) allows students to continue training their entire lives – a wonderfully positive opportunity. 

So we strongly encourage any child that wants to try out competition, to challenge themselves, to try out wrestling!    

We do everything we can to encourage and guide children to the sport of wrestling to try it out!  

Our kids really enjoy doing both wrestling and Gracie Jiu-jitsu (self-defense), and our kids find it is a really, really nice compliment and break each week to wrestle throughout the week during wrestling season and continue coming to Gracie Jiu-jitsu as time permits while attending both throughout the year. 

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