Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Train harder and stronger at The Academy of Pensacola with our top-rated Jiu-Jitsu instructors. Our Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu professionals help ready your mind and body for combat.

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Train With The Best

Our program concentrates on Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu ground combat with a conditioning emphasis on self-defense.

For over 12 years, novice enthusiasts have entered our gym and left successfully trained as red, brown, and black belts.

“There is no losing in Jiu Jitsu. You either win or you learn.” 

-Carlos Gracie, Sr.

Frequently Asked Questions About
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

What is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a ground-based martial art and combat sport. That teaches you the art of close-contact grappling and the fundamental principles of applying pressure, timing, leverage, and angles to your advantage. Through BJJ training, you will learn how to take an opponent to the ground and achieve non-violent submission using techniques such as joint locks and chokeholds.

How long does it take to master Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?

How long it takes to master Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu depends on one’s learning rate. It often takes a few years to fully grasp a complete understanding of the sport and to master conditioning and techniques. Aim for 2-4 years to rise to the top ranks of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

What’s the difference between Jiu-Jitsu and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a combat sport that is centered on grappling. BJJ combines the ground fighting aspect of Judo with the mental elements of Japanese Jiu-Jitsu.

Is Jiu-Jitsu one of the hardest martial arts?

Jiu-Jitsu is considered by many to be one of the toughest martial arts to learn. Contrary to the difficult nature of the sport, this challenge actually attracts many Jiu-Jitsu practitioners. It demands a high level of physical fitness, strength, and flexibility. Practice and patience, however, create successful BJJ masters.

What is the proper workout gear needed for Jiu-Jitsu?

Our students are required to wear a gi. This cotton uniform is a traditional Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu garb that consists of pants, a jacket, and a belt. Newcomers may borrow a gi if they are new to the sport.

What Are The Benefits of Jiu-Jitsu?

Jiu-Jitsu is more than learning how to conquer an opponent. That’s the last important aspect of the combat sport. BJJ combines strength and cardio for a full-body workout that can improve your muscle tone and promote weight loss.

Along with challenging your body, it challenges your mind. It has been called “human chess” because it teaches you reasoning and planning skills along with new movements and techniques. Grappling with opponents can also improve your balance, body awareness and increase reaction time.

We teach with an emphasis on learning the discipline of balance first in our BJJ classes. Other benefits that come with long-term BJJ practice include:

Learn Self-Defense
Mind-Body Balance
Make New Friends
Improve Overall Muscle Strength
Improve Cardio Health
Enhance Flexibility
Have Fun!
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Classes For the Whole Family

We prioritize family training so much that we even offer a family membership at our martial arts gym.

Our doors at The Academy of Pensacola are open for the entire family. Whether you’re a tot or a teenager, a young adult or a seasoned grown-up, we have a class for you! 

Want To Try a Free Class?

Are you interested in learning Jiu Jitsu, but unsure if it will be the best fit for you or your family?

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"My boys have been going here for about a year now. They absolutely love it and have a great time. Even the days my 5 year isn't feeling it, the professors work with him and are so patient. 10 out of 10 recommend."

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"Great gym and even better staff. I especially can’t say enough great things about Ethan who works with the little ones. I enrolled my son and I can honestly say it’s the best decision I could’ve made for him and his life going forward. He’s just a completely different kid, and as I father I couldn’t be more elated."

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"Love my Academy family. I've trained with these guys and gals for years, and they are some of the best people I've ever stepped on the mats with. Programs offered to suit all ages and interests. Programs are run professionally by skilled and experienced instructors. The atmosphere alone is worth the membership."


Jiu-Jitsu class schedule


Adult bjj: 6:30-7:30 AM, 11:30-12:30 PM

advanced bjj: 5:30-6:30 pm

fundamental bjj: 6:30-8:00 pm


fundamental bjj: 6:30-8:00 pm

advanced bjj: 5:30-6:30 pm


Adult bjj: 6:30-7:30 AM, 11:30-12:30 PM

advanced bjj: 5:30-6:30 pm

fundamental bjj: 6:30-8:00 pm

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