Brazilian Jiu Jitsu - Martial Arts for Women

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Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu - Martial Arts for Women

"Jiu Jitsu is my tangible, physical medium for experimenting with all parts of the self"

Emily Kwok

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a rapidly evolving women's sport, in fact in general, female contact sport is now growing at a faster rate than for men. As UFC brings more women to the forefront in martial arts, many women are looking to the craft of Jiu Jitsu as a way to participate in a sport, make themselves stronger and reconnect with their physical abilities. 

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a fantastic way to keep fit and gain strength. It's a sport that does not rely on strength to be successful, rather learning to problem solve using techniques taught in a structured way. It's a great way to exercise your body and your mind, relieve stress and learn a new skill that will have versatile application throughout your life. 

It's a sport where the sky is the limit in terms of competition and more and more women are pushing themselves to continue to reach their potential in this sport right through from white belt all the way up to the black belt.

For those who really like to test themselves, competing in jiu-jitsu is the ultimate! 

I gave this school a 5-star rating only because I don’t have the option to give it a higher rating. It is truly a great school with outstanding coaches and an amazing atmosphere for both kids and adults to grow and develop. I highly recommend it.

- Chrystelle


Gracie Barra Newcastle is the best place for women to learn BJJ in a welcoming environment. I began here in 2021 and have never looked back. A great bunch of women to train with and the guys are awesome. Professors are professional and exceptionally good at what they do. The standard is super high. Culture is great.

- Lucy



Everyone has to start somewhere.The GB Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Program teaches the best self-defence skills and also the students will experience a deeper involvement in GB's philosophy, a stronger bond with training partners as well as more discipline and commitment to healthy habits that keep them in good shape.

A black belt is a white belt who never quits.

- Carlos Gracie Jr.


As a new student or someone who is moving up from the Fundamentals Program, you’ll find the Gracie Barra Advanced Classes perfect for taking your Jiu-Jitsu to the next level. At this stage you start developing a BJJ game flow and the instructor will be closely looking at your specific needs. At the end of class, you’ll engage in live training drills that are exciting and fun. Every training partner will present you with a unique challenge that requires strategic thinking to effectively deal with it. Now grab your GB uniform and get to class!

Anyone can become a black belt with enough commitment to the craft. Despite just 8 years ago there being no female black belts in Australia, there are now many and more coming up through the ranks all the time.


Benefit of Joining our Womens Program

  • Learn how to protect yourself from most common attacks
  • Increase focus, energy and concentration
  • Increase self-confidence
  • Enjoy significant gains in overall fitness level
  • Become part of the “GB Family”
  • Train in many locations within Oceania

You’ll notice a very positive and friendly environment when you enter our school. At our school both male and female training partners will adjust their intensity based on your individual level of skill, and adjust the use of strength according to the size of their partner. Everyone is respectful and no one is made to feel differently or less able, everyone is here to learn and progress at their own rate.












Beyond the sport and fitness aspects of Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu, there are obvious advantages to learning a martial art for self-defense. 

Most of our fundamentals classes begin with self-defense drills and all of the techniques have some application in real-life self-defense scenarios. While it is no longer the primary reason women are attracted to martial arts, it is a great added benefit to learning a sport such as this.

Reviews from our Women's Team

Overcoming my nerves and attending my first free trial class at GBNC is hands down the best thing I've ever done. Professor Guga, the coaches and the students are so welcoming, patient, kind and eager to share their knowledge with you. Catering to any age or fitness level, everyone is welcomed & embraced as part of the family from day one. Offering confidence, resilience, strength, community and so much more, I'm so grateful for GBNC and can recommend it for anyone - just bite the bullet and book your free trial, you'll never look back!



You would think you are in Rio de Janeiro with how authentic the Brazilian jiu jitsu is at Newcastle City, thanks to Professor Guga! He makes everyone feel extremely welcome and remembers your name even after just one class. GB Newcastle City is my home away from home. Guga has even inspired me to learn a little bit of Portuguese! Obrigada


I'm really enjoying the beginners class, a fun and respectful studio for anyone wanting to give this sport a go, even if you are old and broken like me!


Cannot recommend this place highly enough. Starting BJJ at Gracie Barra Newcastle is one of the best things I have ever done. Professor Guga is truly a master in his work, with Gracie Newcastle exhibiting not only a kind and inviting atmosphere, but also professionalism at its finest. I would strongly encourage any females in particular to give BJJ at Gracie Newcastle a shot, because without a doubt, you will be exposed to one of the best experiences offered in this space.


Very knowledgeable, motivated, friendly,inspiring,and supportive head instructor. A place that helps you to grow physically and mentally in a family like environment.


Hands down the best place to train, you can tell the place is run by authentic lifelong martial artists. Plenty of mat space, clean facilities, and in my opinion the highest level of teaching available in Newcastle.