About Us

Brazilian Jiujitsu - Self Defense - Fitness

Highly influential in the development of Gracie Jiu Jitsu was Helio Gracie. All the Gracie were slight of frame, but Helio was particularly small and frail. Because of his small stature, Helio could not use many of the Japanese moves that were based on power and speed, so he developed new leverages and new ways of doing moves. Helio turned out to be a brilliant innovator, and the style he developed proved to be victorious against all others, regardless of size. For the next seventy-five years the Gracie family dedicated themselves to the preservation and dissemination of this great fighting style - Gracie Jiu Jitsu.

Our owner and head instructor Professor JW Wright has been training with Helio's son, Master Royler Gracie and Master David Adiv since 1999. He earned his black belt in 2008 and has been teaching the art of Gracie Jiujitsu in this area since 2002. His passion for teaching good people great jiujitsu is demonstrated across the nation in his seminars and lessons on self defense, training of law enforcement, and the many Pan American and World Champions who have trained with him through the years.

At our academy you are welcomed as family and as part of a team mentality that supports and furthers the development of skills in one another. "No one person is greater than the other on the mat. With this ideology, we together as a group are unstoppable."

Helio Gracie throwing Royler Gracie

Gracie Humaita St. Louis is an approved training facility with the We Defy Foundation, helping to provide Brazilian Jiujitsu training to veterans. For more information, click the image below.

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Monday:Open Mat 11AM-1PM, Youth Jiujitsu 5:15PM-6PM, Gracie Fundamentals 6PM-7PM, Open Mat 7PM-8PM;Tuesday: All Belts 11:30AM-1PM, Youth Jiujitsu 5:30PM-6:15PM, Teen Jiujitsu and Women's Class 6:15PM-7PM, All Belts 7PM-8:30PM; Wednesday:Open Mat 11AM-1PM, Youth No-Gi 5:15PM-6PM, Gracie Fundamentals 6PM-7PM, Open Mat 7PM-8PM;Thursday: All Belts 11:30AM-1PM, Youth Jiujitsu 5:30PM-6:15PM, Teen Jiujitsu and Women's Class 6:15PM-7PM, All Belts 7PM-8:30PM;Friday:  All Belts 11:30AM-1PM; Saturday: Youth Jiujitsu 9:30AM-10:30AM, All Belts 10:30AM-12PM;


Find out about the classes we offer.

Jiujitsu learned one on one in a private lesson setting gives you the ability to ask questions and fine tune the moves in a manner that is perfect for your learning style. Several of the male and female instructors at our academy offer private lessons to both youth and adults.


Professor JW Wright

Professor JW Wright

- 4th Degree Black Belt -

Head Instructor
Student of Royler Gracie and David Adiv

Phone: (636) 477-6541


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St. Peters, Missouri Academy

1039 Wolfrum Rd.
Weldon Spring, MO. 63304
Phone: 636-477-6541
Fax: 636-477-6582

Approved Academies

Below are approved academies under me and my blackbelts. Missouri, Nebraska, Illinois, Texas, Arizona. You will be treated like family at any of these schools! Please visit them and tell them JW sent you.

Gracie Humaita St Louis-Weldon Spring - MO


  • JW Wright - 4th Degree Blackbelt
  • Tim Condren - Blackbelt
  • Stephen Wyatt - Blackbelt
  • Ann Kneib - Blackbelt

Gracie Humaita Columbia - MO


  • Shawn Woods - 2nd degree blackbelt
  • Andy Bell - blackbelt
  • Mark Thompson - blackbelt

Gracie Humaita Springfield - IL


  • Mark Commean - 2nd degree Blackbelt

Gracie Humaita Semo - Jackson MO


  • Brian Imholz - 1st Degree Blackbelt

Gracie Humaita Conroe - Conroe Texas


  • Andy Yount - 2nd Degree Blackbelt
  • Steve Yount - 3rd degree Blackbelt

Huntsville Jiujitsu Club - Huntsville Texas


  • Andy Yount 2nd Degree Blackbelt

Lake Area Gracie Jiujitsu - Lake of the Ozarks MO

Gracie Humaita LOTO

  • Dave Vinson - Blackbelt

Gracie Humaita Eureka - MO


  • Phil Lampe - Blackbelt
  • Brian Imholz - Blackbelt 1st degree

Gracie Humaita Joplin MO


  • David Lopez - Blackbelt

Wolves den MMA - O'fallon MO


  • Andrew Ebers - Blackbelt

Gracie Ozark MO


  • Ronnie Page - Blackbelt

Leake BJJ - Nixa MO


  • Mike Leake - Blackbelt

Midwest Jiujitsu Academy - Quincy IL


  • Scott Altgilbers - Brownbelt

Papillion Jiujitsu - Papillion Nebraska


  • Rob Luhrs - Brownbelt
  • Daren Miller - Brownbelt

Anzelone BJJ - Brownsville Texas


  • Vince Anzelone - Blackbelt
  • Juan Cardenas - Brownbelt

Gracie Humaita Willis Texas


  • Vince Anzelone - Blackbelt
  • John Contreras - Brownbelt

Carrillo's Martial arts - Dexter MO


  • Ray Carrillo - Brownbelt

Sikeston BJJ -Sikeston MO


  • Coty Kelison - Blackbelt
  • Ray Carrillo - Brownbelt

Herron BJJ - Jeff City MO


  • Clay Herron - Brownbelt

Geyston's Martial Arts - Springfield IL


  • John Geyston - Brownbelt

Bridge City Combat - Lake Havasu AZ

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  • Barry Sullins - Brownbelt

Hollister BJJ - Hollister MO


  • Jeremy Adams - Purplebelt
  • Skyler Horton - Brownbelt

Ozark Mountain Brazilian Jiu Jitsu - Marshfield MO


  • Josh Keeler - Purplebelt