Our Programs

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art, combat sport, and a self defense system that focuses on grappling and especially ground fighting. Brazilian jiu-jitsu was formed from Kodokan Judo ground fighting (Ne-Waza) fundamentals that were taught to Carlos Gracie by master Mitsuyo Maeda. Brazilian jiu-jitsu eventually came to be its own art through the experimentations, practices, and adaptation from the Judo knowledge of Carlos and Helio Gracie, who then passed their knowledge onto their family.

At Gracie Barra Alabama, we have several programs to allow you to find the right training for you or your family:

  • Gracie Barra Future Champions
  • Gracie Barra Fundamentals
  • Gracie Barra Advanced
  • Gracie Barra Private Training


Judo is a modern martial art, combat and Olympic sport created in Japan in 1882 by Jigoro Kano. Its most prominent feature is its competitive element, where the objective is to either throw or takedown an opponent to the ground, immobilize or otherwise subdue an opponent with a pin, or force an opponent to submit with a joint lock or a choke. Strikes and thrusts by hands and feet as well as weapons defenses are a part of judo, but only in pre-arranged forms (kata) and are not allowed in judo competition or free practice (randori).

Muay Thai

Muay Thai is a combat sport from the muay martial arts of Thailand that uses stand-up striking along with various clinching techniques. This physical and mental discipline which includes combat on foot is known as “the art of eight weapons” because it is characterized by the combined use of fists, elbows, knees, shins and feet, being associated with a good physical preparation that makes a full-contact fight very efficient.


PurMotion was founded by five-time Olympian Jorge Bonnet who has a passion to revolutionize how we exercise by inventing unique, cutting-edge solutions. As a result, PurMotion provides simple, quality, cost-effective fitness and performance training systems that allow you to perform exercises in a safe, unrestricted manner, working with your body’s natural movement and flow.


Cardio conditioning is a form of exercise which is designed to promote cardiovascular health. Cardio, as it is known for short, is a very popular form of exercise and is integrated into many fitness schemes. In this form of exercise, the heart rate is elevated and kept high for a period of time which can vary, depending on fitness level and goals. The exerciser starts with a light warmup to get the body ready to work, transitions into moderate to high intensity exercise, and then moves into a cool down period. A session of cardio conditioning can take anywhere from 20 minutes to over an hour.