A Great Weekend With the Family

This was a great weekend of improvement at Watson Martial Arts. Third degree black belt, Jack McVicker visited our academy to conduct a two day seminar. The knowledge he shared was fantastic and as usual, it was easy to see why he is one of the best competitors in the sport of BJJ. Congratulations to Dave Drago and Nick Grant for their well deserved promotions to blue belt and purple belt respectively!

In addition, Elmir Kulosman was victorious in his Pro K-1 debut on Friday night. Elmir is one of the Muay Thai coaches at Watson Martial Arts, and after an impressive amateur career his entry into the professional ranks has been highly anticipated. Congrats Elmir, and we look forward to many more victories!

New Year - New Facility - New Focus

Watson Martial Arts has never been the place where good is good enough. We want to be the best, and we continue to improve so that we can help all of our members do the same!

We are excited to announce that we are fully operational in our new location at 3942 Laclede Ave. St. Louis, MO 63108.

In our continued efforts to offer our members the best experience, our new location boasts the following amenities:

  • Over 2,600 sq/ft of mat space for training
  • Multiple locker rooms
  • Multiple restrooms
  • Showers
  • Large lobby area with vending machine and pro-shop
  • Improved class schedule
  • Experienced instructors who are passionate about helping others
  • Safe and friendly atmosphere


With our new location, we have a refocused commitment to help people achieve their goals. Whether it's fitness, competition, self-defense, stress-relief, a hobby or all of the above, this is the place. We create champions mentally and physically. Come try two FREE weeks and see why we are growing and why people feel like we are their second family!

The Art of Improvement (International Edition - 2.0)

Watson Martial Arts is already a melting pot of different cultures, experience, and skill, but recently we received even more talent by way of some new international visitors. Vicenc Serra (from Cataluna, Spain), Liam Corrigan and Ranjeet Baria (both from Leicester, England) have all made their way to our gym, and have been oustanding to work with!  They are all talented grapplers with a great deal of MMA experience between them.  Liam and Ranjeet are on a world tour, stopping at many academies, so we wish them safe travels and many fun experiences on the rest of their trip.  Vicenc will be with us until the end of this year, so we look forward to helping him improve during his time here!

(pictured left to right: Vicenc Serra, Ranjeet Baria, Professor Watson, Liam Corrigan)

The Art of Improvement (International Edition)

In May of this year Watson Martial Arts student Shauna Restivo took a courageous step outside of her comfort zone and took a teaching position in Phuket, Thailand. Shauna was able to continue to develop her already impressive Muay Thai skills with the Phuket Top Team.  We are happy to show a couple of pics below from her first pro Muay Thai fight.  Shauna won by TKO in the second round against an experienced native of Thailand.  Congrats on your victory and pursuing your dream Shauna! We are proud of you! 


Iron Sharpens Iron

These last few weekends have been very active for the Watson Martial Arts family.  This weekend Professor Jack McVicker visited our academy fresh off his victories in Rome. He not only demonstrated why he is one of the best competitive black belts in the world, but he also awarded some long overdue promotions to our students. This was the largest group promotion we have done with six new blue belts, two new purples, and several stripes. All were earned through hard work and dedication. Congrats to everyone and we look forward to helping  you set new goals and reach the next milestone!!! 

Day 1


"This One Time, at BJJ Camp....."

Each year several great people gather at a lodge on the Meramec River to share their passion for Jiu-Jitsu.  JW Wright of Gracie Humaita St. Louis hosts this event, which gives the participants the opportunity to learn cutting edge technique from multiple World and Pan-American Champions. Kyle was able to share some knowledge along with several other great instructors and competitors. This event continues to get better every year and helps to spread the art of Jiu-Jitsu and the many benefits it provides. We would to thank JW Wright, the other instructors and all who attended for making it such a great experience! We will continue to look forward to this event each year!

Time Flies When You're Changing Lives

It's hard to believe, but today marks the 2 year anniversary of Watson Martial Arts! It's amazing to see how many lives we have touched and how many people we have helped to better themselves. We would like to give a big thanks to the St. Louis community for the support and helping us grow.  We would also like to express our deep appreciation for all our members who make our gym a true team and family! Very soon we will be announcing some big news that will allow us to help many more people and continue to be the premier choice for martial arts training in St. Louis for years to come! 

"The Art of Improvement"

Heavy Medal

Watson Martial Arts would like to congratulate the team of competitors we sent to the SEMO Grappling Open this past Saturday, June 29th. Everyone performed very well and most importantly had fun and gained valuable experience. We would also like to highlight the performance of Josh McKinney who challenged himself even further by competing in a submission only match as one of the featured super-fights of the tournament. He submitted his opponent in less than a minute. Nice work everyone! Now let's get back on the mats and continue to improve!  Thanks to JW Wright and Cape BJJ and Fitness for hosting another well run tournament!

World Class Jiu-Jitsu

Fresh off his amazing performances at the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Championships and the Metamoris II pay-per-view grappling event, Braulio Estima stopped by Watson Martial Arts to share some knowledge.  Professor Estima is not only one of the most decorated Jiu-Jitsu practitioners in the entire world, but he is also an amazing instructor with great attention to detail! The knowledge he shared was very cutting-edge and it is easy to see why he is such a feared competitor.  We would like to thank Professor Estima for his time, instruction, and inspiring attitude!  We will look forward to having him back soon and wish him luck in preparation for his super fight at the ADCC Grappling Championships!  


Representing Jiu-Jitsu

On April 13th, the World Martial Arts Symposium was held at St. Louis University.  The event brought together experts from a variety of martial arts disciplines, and many different countries were represented.  The intent was to not only highlight and demonstrate the unique characteristics of each art, but it also served as a catalyst for the discussion of martial arts in general. 

Watson Martial Arts had the honor of representing the rich background of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.  We had the opportunity to discuss the art’s background, its application to both sport and self-defense, and we were even able to do a demonstration of how Jiu-Jitsu would respond to common attack scenarios.  The event was fun, informative, and we want to thank the organizers for allowing us to participate and share our knowledge!


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