Gracie Barra now offering Brazilian jiujitsu classes in Sugar Land

Gracie Barra Fort Bend Brazilian Jiu Jitsu opened a gym Nov. 26 at 350 Promenade Way, Ste. 700, Sugar Land. Gracie Barra offers jiujitsu classes for “Little Champions” (children ages three to seven), “Junior Champions” (children ages eight to 14) and adults. The gym also has kickboxing classes. Gracie Barra has 10 Houston-area locations total. 832-939-8927. www.gbfortbend.com

By Claire Shoop

Reporter, Sugar Land/Missouri City

Claire joined Community Impact Newspaper in September 2019 as the reporter for the Sugar Land/Missouri City edition. She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in May 2019 where she studied journalism, government and Arabic. While in school, Claire was a fellow for The Texas Tribune, worked for the student newspaper, The Daily Texan, and spent a semester in Washington, D.C. She enjoys playing cards with her family and listening to the Boss, Bruce Springsteen.



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The Fort Bend ISD board of trustees officially appointed Christie Whitbeck to be the district's next superintendent. (Courtesy Fort Bend ISD)
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The seven schools that will remain closed Sept. 15 were effected by power outages caused during the storm. (Courtesy Fotolia)
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