BJJ History


Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is proven to contain the most effective martial arts self-defense techniques in the world. No other martial art provides the level of skill, training, and knowledge necessary to immobilize any opponent of any size and shape. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu uses proper positioning, leverage, and technique to allow a variety of chokes, joint locks, or even strikes to submit your opponent.

Since most real fights end up on the ground, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu's primary focus is taking the fight to the ground using simple takedown techniques, controlling and neutralizing your opponents aggressiveness, then manipulating him into a vulnerable position for a finishing technique.

Because of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu's unmatched success in events such as the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and countless of other No-Hold-Barred (NHB) events across the world, many law enforcement agencies and military branches have adopted it into their programs. Moreso, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu martial arts academies, associations, and clubs are cropping up all over the country.

Here at Indianapolis Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu LLC located in Carmel, Indiana we teach the techniques, skills, and strategies that the legendary Gracie family had been teaching and using in Brazil for over 80 years, and first brought to America in the late 1980's. We will provide you with a professional, high quality training environment that will help you reach your goals.
Even though our academy produces champions and winners in both sport competition and in MMA events, we recognize that most people seeking to learn the art of jiu-jitsu do not choose or wish to participate in competition.  Many people don’t have the time to commit to training for competition or MMA fighting, nor do they have the desire.  We do not make it mandatory or push our students into sport competition as other schools do.  In fact, many other academies, schools, or clubs focus on teaching competition techniques or point fighting techniques rather than teaching jiu-jitsu as a self-defense.  The Gracie family specifically developed Gracie Jiu-Jitsu as a method of self-defense, and that is our primary focus to teach you effective techniques you can use to defend yourself when the situation arises.  Here you will get no watered down versions or substitutes, you will get the real deal.

It’s completely up to you whether you compete or not, and we will support you in whatever choice you make.  In any account, you will learn in a safe and non threatening environment.  Many people just like you, have a family, job, school, and other responsibilities outside of jiu-jitsu and need to return to them healthy.  

Not only does jiu-jitsu promote good health, athleticism, self control and discipline, jiu-jitsu is a way of life.  Jiu-Jitsu is more than what is learned and practiced on the mat.  It’s about respecting others, growing relationships, and taking care of one another and our families.  Jiu-Jitsu helps you become a better person, and it challenges you to be a model citizen, as someone that people can respect and look up to.  Some of the most rewarding feedback from our students is about the many ways jiu-jitsu has changed their personal lives for the better.