Most people who look at Martial Arts or want to start see the self-defence application.  The ability to take care of oneself or loved ones if an unforeseen altercation appears. This is important, however, the true study of Martial Arts should be to grow in all areas of your life; mind, body, spirit.
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Anyone can learn how to defend themselves.  
The level of skill sets are determined by how many times one trains in a given week, the intensity and duration of the work out.
This was my main focus when I first started.  It is important but it is also dangerous for one simple reason: if I am not putting in mental thought or a positive mindset into my training, I could possess a great skill set but also develop a negative character.
Just as important is to grow your mind along with your body’s strength.  Through the practice of Martial Arts, our focus starts to change over time as we grow older, our goals and view points mature.
For many Gracie Jiu-Jitsu training starts for self-defence, but slowly over time spent evolves from initial priorities.  It could range from staying in shape, keeping our flexibility and range of motion, leverage these skills to the benefit of other sports and activities, more fulfilling time with our children, or to even delve deeper into the sport and competition aspect.  It could be as simple and important as self discovery, self development and self improvement. Jiu-Jitsu is a complete martial art with benefits that cross over to every walk of life and we are honored to share them with members.
Do we panic when we are in a stressful situation in our practice?  Does that same emotion appear when we are in a stressful situation at work or life?  Through our training of Martial Arts is where we learn our self discovery.

The best bet is to pick a Martial Art that best suits your personality or interest and get started!  You may feel you are not co-ordinated or strong enough to study a style; let’s use Jiu-Jitsu for example.

 I know at Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Barrie, we have all levels of students, from strong and athletic to people with non-aggressive characteristics looking to get in shape.

 We cater to all levels of skill and are committed to ensure your journey is a positive, long lasting experience.  We pride ourselves being able to satisfy all levels of interests, a wide range of personalities to thrive and grow in a healthy, safe and sustainable environment.  Remember that the purpose of your training is not to become invincible, but to learn our vulnerabilities and to grow from them.
Sun Tsu Quotes:
“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles.
If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained, you will also suffer defeat.
If you know neither the enemy or yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”
Good Luck in finding the right Martial Arts school for you, hope this helps in your journey and search.

Trevor Lewis
Gracie Humaita Barrie