Ralph Gracie Mission Viejo, CA

A Great Activity for Kids in Mission Viejo CA – Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Our children…we wish them joy, want them safe and desire the skillset, knowledge, strength and endurance that will enable them to get the most out of life.

It feels really good to get back out in the world, interact with others and tap back into all that life has to offer. Our children, who are at the stage of development when social interaction, physical engagement and important life lessons are all crucial for their achievement of a healthy level of maturity and an indispensable real-world approach, were especially affected by the isolation brought on by the pandemic. It is vital, now more than ever, to provide them with the necessary tools to build their character, instill discipline and nurture their social skills…and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu can do just that.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu was first made popular through martial arts programming on television and consistently gained popularity. Over the years it has proven itself to be a martial art for people from all walks of life and of all ages. Today Brazilian Jiu Jitsu boasts record number ticket sales in Ultimate Fighting Championship arenas throughout the entire world.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, not just something your kids will see as “just another lame activity,” is definitely one of the hottest things trending for kids today…a valuable skill and enjoyable pursuit that will hold their attention and keep them motivated, allowing them to benefit from all of the amazing advantages Brazilian Jiu Jitsu can offer:

  • Brazilian Jiu Jitsu focuses on individual growth so that your child can benefit from self-improvement without the added pressure of letting down the team.
  • Children work at their own pace to reach their desired skills levels, boosting self-esteem.
  • Brazilian Jiu Jitsu also provides structure, reinforces good behavior and builds physical and mental strength and stamina.
  • It promotes discipline, patience and being accountable for one’s own actions.
  • Brazilian Jiu Jitsu can also improve balance, coordination and motor skills.
  • It emphasizes self-control and improved concentration and focus while working toward specific goals.
  • It offers a great way to make friends within a compassionate, respectful atmosphere.
  • It teaches healthy living skills and behaviors which are essential for optimal growth and can last a lifetime.
  • An added benefit of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is that is can burn off excess energy resulting in improved sleep patterns. It may also aid in the decrease of anxiety, depression, anger and aggression.


We all want our children to be safe. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is also beneficial to children, as well as all other age groups, because it also provides practical, real-world training and a highly effective method of self-defense…So effective, in fact, that Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is used as the method of choice for hand-to-hand combat training at Fort Bragg in North Carolina, one of the largest military bases in the country.

An Accepting, Supportive Environment

The Ralph Gracie Mission Viejo Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy provides a family-friendly, caring, professional environment where your child can build self-confidence, self-awareness, leadership aptitude, social skills and improve their athletic ability, as well as learn valuable lessons of discipline and anti-bullying, all while developing healthy habits and decreasing cellphone screen time.

At the Ralph Gracie Mission Viejo Academy, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu – which is defined by the Japanese as a “gentle art” due to its largely self-defensive and non-violent components – is taught in class as it is applied in real life situations.

Caring, Friendly, Professional Training

Not to mention that, at the Ralph Gracie Mission Viejo Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy, your child would be trained by the first Ultimate Fighting Champion and one of the best Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioners in the world – a man who continually keeps up with the latest trends and techniques in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu so your child can too.

Born and raised in the birthplace of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Marcelo Lucena rose through the ranks of this prestigious sport with its largest legends. Through the years, Marcelo gained a true affinity for teaching Brazilian Jiu Jitsu which rivaled his love of the sport itself. When he is not teaching his students at Ralph Gracie Mission Viejo, Marelo continues to compete at a Black Belt Master level in tournaments including the International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation World Master in Las Vegas.

Through the teachings of Lead Instructor Marcelo Lucena (Professor Bob) and a melding of modern Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and traditional martial arts training, Ralph Gracie Mission Viejo students gain a solid foundation and understanding for this unique sport which has exploded in popularity.

Little Ninjas is the Ralph Gracie Mission Viejo Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy for children from ages four through seven years old, and these classes take place every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  The Ralph Gracie Mission Viejo Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy Kids’ Program, for children ages eight through fourteen, hosts classes every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

What we want most for our children is for them to be protected, joyful and well-equipped with the means necessary to serve them well in life. Ralph Gracie Mission Viejo Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy can help put and keep your child on that positive path.

For more class schedule specifics, a personal tour or information about becoming a member of the Ralph Gracie Mission Viejo Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy family, call 949-400-7108 or email ralphgraciemv@gmail.com. The Ralph Gracie Mission Viejo Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy is located at 26861 Trabuco Road #H, Mission Viejo, CA.  Also, if you would like to try Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at Ralph Gracie Mission Viejo, you can also sign up for a free class!