We are accepting new students. Contact us to make an appointment!

We are accepting new students. Contact us to make an appointment!

We are accepting new students. Contact us to make an appointment!

We are accepting new students. Contact us to make an appointment!

Welcome to Indianapolis Jiu-Jitsu

Welcome to Indianapolis Jiu-Jitsu.  We have over 30 years experience in Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.  Here you will learn the most effective techniques to defend yourself.  Some Jiu-Jitsu schools only teach sport or competition techniques, however we focus on teaching our students authentic Gracie Jiu-Jitsu for Self Defense.   I invite you to schedule an appointment and come check out what we have to offer.  I Hope to see you soon.  Professor Greg Eldred.



We are Open and are accepting new students.  The process to get started is to contact us by the message box on our HOME page or on our CONTACT page.  You'll find lots of information here on our website and we can answer any of your questions by email.  At this time we are only making appointments at the academy for serious inquires only.  If you are ready to take that step we'll make an appointment for you to come in to check out the academy to discuss things futher and to see a class in action.



State Runner Up (posted 2/23/2020)

Congratulations to Carson Eldred for placing 2nd in the IHSAA Wrestling State Finals on Feb 22nd. Carson finished his senior year with a record of 42-3 with his 3 loses only to Zeke Seltzer who Carson wrestled “under the lights” at Bankers Life Fieldhouse with a crowd of over 10,000 spectators for the 120 lb state title on Saturday night. Zeke was undefeated at 43-0, ranked #1 in the state and #13 in the nation. Carson was ranked #4 in the state.

It’s a huge accomplishment even making it to the state tournament, and even more astounding making it to the final. The state of Indiana and only California and New Jersey have one wrestling class which makes it extremely difficult to be a wrestling state finalist. Only 16 wrestlers from each weight class earn a trip to the state finals. After the first round on Friday night only 8 wrestlers move on to the 2nd and 3rd rounds to determine 1st through 8th placement on Saturday.

This was Carson’s 3rd trip to Bankers Life during his High School career. He placed 4th at 113 lbs as a sophomore, a state qualifier at 120 lbs as a junior, and state runner up his senior year. This season Carson also broke Westfield High Schools career fall (pin) record with 92 falls previously was 77 held by his brother Evan. He also came 1 match short of equaling the school career win record of 153 also held by Evan. Carson’s High School career record was 152 – 26.

Carson is not the first Eldred t... Read More

Why take Womens Self Defense Lessons? (posted 1/14/2020)

Let’s be real, the world we live in is not a safe place.  There are bad people out there looking for victims to prey on. Therefore, you need to know how to protect yourself in case someone targets you for reasons of harassment, theft, rape, or to cause bodily harm.  Not being prepared can result in serious consequences such as unwanted sexual proposals and action, serious injury or even death. You cannot control the desires and behavior of such bad people, but you can certainly take actions to minimize and prevent yourself from being the one chosen for the attack.  And if you are attacked the use of self defense techniques and strategies can save your life.

Whether the attack is physical or sexual, the experience can leave both emotional and physical scars that can last a lifetime.  You will never be the same.  You will always replay the attack over in your mind wondering what you could have done differently to avoid or escape from the situation.  You will question yourself as to why you never took a women’s self defense class. 

There are three steps you must do to better protect yourself from would be attackers.  1.) You must have a greater awareness.  You need to pay better attention to your surroundings, as this is your first line of defense.  Attackers are looking for ea... Read More

Importance of Curriculums (posted 9/1/2019)

I’d like to share some thoughts on the importance of operating a jiu-jitsu program using standardized curriculums.  At one time most all group classes were taught in what seemed to be a random fashion. I singled out group classes because I believe in the private class setting the instructor was able to keep better track of what they were teaching each student.  I for one started out with private lessons with Royce and Royler Gracie for at least my first 6 months and recall learning in a logical sequence.  But in the group class setting it’s much harder to control the logical progression of learning because you have a mixture of students with different experience levels, so it becomes easier for the instructor to teach classes randomly.

I remember almost 30 years ago the Gracie’s used to say there’s about 600 techniques in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. Students would show up to a group class and learn whatever was taught that day, without a clear understanding of a logical path to follow.  However, over time students would eventually repeat techniques and began to improve their proficiency.

Today Jiu-Jitsu has grown into the worlds most popular martial art, and I would conservatively say there are several thousand techniques being taught, however many of those were developed specific for sport competition.  But still today many BJJ instructors are teaching without curriculums.

At our Academy we have curriculums fo... Read More

Local Fire Department Learning Jiu-Jitsu (posted 3/24/2019)

Indianapolis Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Brown Belt associate instructor and career firefighter Travis Hawkins recently trained the firefighters of the Noblesville Fire Department in survival tactics utilizing Jiu-Jitsu techniques. His Fire Department has 126 career firefighters operating out of 7 fire stations. Station personnel consist of three shifts, each of those shifts operating on a 24-hour schedule. Each shift consists of a Battalion Chief, 8 Officers, and 30 firefighters.

Travis is a lifelong martial artist and has been a career firefighter for 12 years. He feels that without a doubt Jiu-Jitsu is the best option for keeping himself, his crew members and the people in the community safe in the event of physical confrontation on emergency scenes. Fundamentally the oath a Public Servant commits to when wearing a badge is to help and care in the best way they know how while doing no harm. He finds that Jiu-Jitsu gives the best possible option if ever faced with the need to defends oneself or the life of another.

Photo: Travis with his Gracie Survival Tactics Instructors in October

In October of 2018 Travis spent a week participating in a 40 hour “train the trainer” program earning a Level 1 instructor certification in the Gracie Survival Tactics (GST) curriculum. Gracie Survival Tactics (GST) is a revolutionary defensive tactics system based on Gracie Jiu-... Read More