When people think of Brazilian jiu jitsu, the Gracie family is one of the first names that comes to mind. Because of the incredible accomplishments of Helio Gracie and the generations that came after him, Brazilian jiu jitsu has become prominent in the martial arts world.

While the Gracie name remains well-respected in the community, jiu jitsu has come a long way since Royce Gracie won the first UFC fight more than thirty years ago. There are more jiu jitsu affiliations with world-class black belts at the helm with a unique coaching style. All of them have built on the Gracie legacy to make BJJ the challenging, fulfilling, and fun martial art.

This year, Straight Blast Gym International celebrated its 30th anniversary as a high-quality Brazilian jiu jitsu organization. Since 1992, our original black belts worldwide have dedicated their careers to bringing the best BJJ training to their communities. Countless students in our tribe are healthier and happier and have transformed their lives with BJJ training.

At SBG Kalispell, we use a jiu jitsu curriculum designed so that practitioners of all backgrounds and abilities can fall in love with jiu jitsu. Our BJJ Foundations class provides an environment where beginner BJJ students can get their training off to a successful start.

Our Growing Gorillas Kids Martial Arts program was launched right here at our Kalispell gym and is now used at SBG locations worldwide. In a decade, Growing Gorillas has raised a generation of future leaders and role models in the U.S., Canada, Ireland, and the U.K.

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