Success Stories

Fundamentals Program Success Stories

After the free two weeks I was more confident then I used to be.

Before the two weeks free training I was training kickboxing, but wasn’t enjoying the classes, so I thought about trying out this instead. I was nervous as it is something very different to what I had done before, so I was not sure what to expect from the class and was worried about being the only girl.

After the free two weeks I was more confident then I used to be, I also became more active and am healthier and fitter then I used to be and my boosted confidence has helped me in my day to day life.

Christina Lucas Age 26

During my free two weeks I felt that the Fundamentals Class is a fantastic place to be.

Since retiring from competitive football, I have been looking for an activity that will give me an appropriate level of physical exertion and challenge. After trying numerous sports and activities, a friend of mine who trains Jiu-Jitsu at another Gracie Barra School recommended that I try it out at Gracie Barra Yeovil.

During my free two weeks I felt that the Fundamentals Class is a fantastic place to be. Learning different technique and skills within the session is well supported by the more senior and experienced club members, a nurturing culture runs naturally through the club, there are no big egos.
Sam is a wealth of knowledge, not only in terms of Jiu-Jitsu, but also in fitness and conditioning, allowing and him to help both experienced athletes and those who are just starting out/looking for a gentle introduction to physical activity.

While the quality of the physical training is fantastic, in my opinion, the real strength of Gracie Barra Yeovil is the way that people of all shapes, sizes, ability and genders are made welcome and are quickly made to feel part of the club.

In the two weeks free training at Gracie Barra Yeovil, I have learned a huge amount. In addition to the physical aspects of Jiu-Jitsu, Wrestling and Grappling techniques learnt, I have also learnt to remain calm and composed while in some quite tricky situations.

In pretty much any circumstance where experiencing an unwanted physical challenge, despite previously training in boxing, kick boxing and karate, it will be the knowledge gained from Jiu-Jitsu that will be of most use to me.

Matt Sims, Age 42

After every class I felt like a stronger, fitter and definitely wiser version of myself.

When I claimed my two weeks free training, I was very unfit and had a gym membership that I rarely used because I found it difficult to motivate myself to get to the gym. I was looking to increase my strength and fitness, but I found so much more than that.

Before training, I was worried about injuring myself, however, this worry quickly left my head as the coaching ability of Sam Dunn is second to none. As long as you listen and take all instructions seriously it is a really safe sport, there is a heavy focus on using the correct technique as to avoid injury.

After every class I felt like a stronger, fitter and definitely wiser version of myself. The greatest feeling I get is sharing all of these accomplishments with a group of like-minded men and women, who you develop a team like friendship with along the way; a brotherhood.

The two weeks free training has also helped me outside of the mats (training area). In college I am able to retain content at a whole new level and I am certain this is down to the training I received at Gracie Barra Yeovil and the coaching approach that Sam Dunn takes with us.

People at work have also commented on how confident I have become, I have even won an award at work for ‘Outstanding Leadership For Non Managers’

Jake Hyde, Age 24

I learnt a lot of moves in the two weeks and felt more confident each visit. The training has been exciting and a great workout.

Before the two weeks free training, I felt I wanted to learn self-defence and increase my fitness. I find that the sessions are not only teaching me some great techniques but are also such a great workout that I leave the session knowing it was a good nights work, so it ticked the boxes every time.

I was concerned that I wouldn’t have the flexibility to do Martial Arts, however I was able to learn the warm up drills at my own pace and made sure that I always took part in the stretching routine at the end of each session led by our coach.

I learnt a lot of moves in the two weeks and felt more confident each visit. The training has been exciting and a great workout. The head coach is very welcoming, friendly and promotes a positive, safe training environment. In a short space of time I consider the other Team members friends, they have been so friendly and welcoming from day one.

Paul Gray, Age 37

Learning Jiu-Jitsu has increased my confidence, given me a passion and improved my life in general.

Over the last couple of years, I tried a variety of local martial art clubs but never really stuck and progressed with one. Then I found Gracie Barra Yeovil, I started with the free two week trial and was hooked from the first class.

Being the new guy is always a bit daunting but everyone was really welcoming and friendly, after my first couple of sessions I already felt like part of the team. Sam is a brilliant coach and he’s created a great environment to learn an affective martial art. I look forward to every class, not only do you learn something new every time but you improve your fitness each session, and its great fun!

Learning Jiu-Jitsu has increased my confidence, given me a passion and improved my life in general. I would recommend it to anyone no matter your age, size or experience level.

Zach Ball Age 24

BJJ with GBY has made drastic improvements on my ability to think clearly in stressful situations.

Gracie Barra Yeovil, Coach Sam and the rest of the team have made a massive impact on my life. Anyone who knows of me or knows me personally, will be aware that I’ve been a loose cannon most of my life.

BJJ with GBY has made drastic improvements on my ability to think clearly in stressful situations, makes me calmer day to day and has absolutely improved my fitness. It’s hard work, but the commitment is paid back in so many uncountable ways that any pain is truly worth the effort.

My son now attends too, Future Champions, and the improvements in his behaviour (Diagnosed Autistic Spectrum) have been remarkable, so much so, that his teachers at school are consistently pulling me to the side to comment on how well he is doing and how helpful he has become. I recommend BJJ to everyone I meet.

Mike Hall Age 38

If only I knew about it before I would of started years ago.

Such a great place to commit my time to, I am very busy during the week and with classes running through the day and evenings it has been made easier for people to train. It is such a friendly community of people with all different ranges of ability, age and genders and Sam is a truly fantastic coach, if only I knew about it before I would of started years ago.

Genista Johnston Age 23

Juniors & Teens Success Stories.

I have seen a huge change in my son, as he is a lot more calmer, he is more focused (even at school!) and just in general has a more mature attitude.

My 14 year old had tried Martial Arts before but found that it was too aggressive. I had given up finding him something out of school to do so unfortunately it looked like most of his time would be spent playing game consoles as he’s not really into sports or any kind of activity.

Our 1st encounter with Gracie Barra – Yeovil was in May when I saw an anti bullying workshop for 10-15yr olds, for 2 hours, for free. I asked my son if he wanted to go, he said yes initially. The day came and he wanted to back out. It took me 15 minutes to persuade him to get out of my car. I said if he didn’t like it after 10 minutes, we could go.

We walked in and were greeted by Head Coach Sam who shook both our hands with a welcoming smile. There were only a few other children attending which my son preferred as he lacks confidence in meeting new people. He had a fun 2 hours learning a few Jiu Jitsu moves. I could tell he enjoyed himself as he didn’t stop talking about it on our drive home!

We have now been attending classes once a week for 4 months and he is really enjoying himself. The atmosphere is extremely calm (considering I class this as a contact sport) and my son is always ready to go when I get home from work. He found it very easy to make friends with the rest of the group. I believe this is because of how it is run. All attendees are treated the same, with a huge amount of respect and encouragement. Everybody likes to be praised rather than criticised and Head Coach Sam is great at doing that while teaching. If you are doing something the wrong way you are encouraged to stop and think about what you should be doing. There is no belittling if you don’t know. I have seen a huge change in my son, he is more open to talk about things, very rarely loses his temper as he is a lot more calmer, he is more focused (even at school!) and just in general has a more mature attitude.

My son especially enjoys the one to ones and I have noticed that he is not frightened to ask questions or ask to be shown again. The Gracie Barra family are a really welcoming team and my son is doing well and wants to continue learning and training.

Finally, I have found something he is sticking too and looks forward to every week!!

Trish Roff

Nat is showing real commitment, always excited about going and doesn’t make excuses like he has in other clubs.

My son was already training in Judo, we/he wanted to extend his knowledge and skills in martial arts.
The club staff and students were all very friendly and soon he was chatting with others on the mats and making friends.

Only reservation I may have had is that he may get confused between his judo and Jiu-Jitsu training, but the coaches goes through each technique thoroughly allowing time for Nat to process and practice at his own pace.

Nat said he enjoys learning the techniques he said the trainers guide you through them a few times so you have chance to learn them.

From a parent watching from the side lines you can see the commitment from the instructors and the lessons are calm, relaxed and made enjoyable as all the children are smiling ……. Even at the end of a tricky hold.

Nat is showing real commitment, always excited about going and doesn’t make excuses like he has in other clubs.

Michelle Sison

Faye had spent 6 years doing gymnastics and wanted to try something new, so we did some research of recommended clubs in Yeovil and found the Gracie Barra Yeovil website.

What we were hoping for, was for Faye to be less of a number in a class and more of a fully integrated member of a club. Secondly, the ability to feel quietly confident in her own abilities and in challenging circumstances.

Faye and Owen have both thrived from the competitive aspect of the sport and enjoyed being able to demonstrate newly learnt skills in every lesson. Moreover, it’s an extremely welcoming and organised environment which encourages discipline and fun in equal measures. Finally, the personal interaction between the coaches and kids is one of the best I’ve seen and my kids attend 6 clubs between them.

Catherine Shields

Future Champions Success Stories.

The reason why we wanted the kids to do Jiu-Jitsu was because we knew what a great martial art it was. Great for kids to grow up knowing not only how to defend themselves, if need arose, but also, to help them gain confidence and discipline and social skills. For our son, who has dyspraxia, it was an opportunity for him to do a sport without needing to catch a ball, or speak too much. It has also been very good for his physical self-awareness and balance, which he has problems with.

They both absolutely love it and both go with enthusiasm every week. At their age, they don’t do anything dangerous and they love all the fun games like; Guard Monster, Crazy Horse and dodgeball and Sumo Stomp!

Both of the kids have made great friends at Jiu-Jitsu and they really enjoy the activity. They have become much stronger and more confident in their own bodies and physicality

Rowena Barney

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