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get to know the history

The origins of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu can be traced back to the early 20th century, when a young man named Carlos Gracie was introduced to Judo. Carlos and his brothers adapted Judo techniques to their own style of fighting, which emphasized ground grappling and submission holds, rather than striking. This style eventually became known as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and it quickly gained popularity as an effective form of self-defense and sport. Our academy is built on the strong foundation established by Carlos Gracie and his family, including the legendary Helio Gracie. 

"The Jiu Jitsu I created was designed to give the weak ones a chance to face the heavy and strong."

-Helio Gracie


From Tradition to Evolution: Our Approach to BRAZILIAN Jiu Jitsu

At American Jiu-Jitsu Academy, we believe in the evolution of jiu jitsu. We combine old-school Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with new-age techniques to provide a comprehensive training experience. Our approach is rooted in tradition while maintaining a modern mindset to remain at the forefront of jiu jitsu. We strive to create an environment that fosters growth, where students at any level can be challenged and improve their skills daily. We believe that jiu jitsu is an ever-changing art, and our goal is to help our students evolve with it.



Austin started training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under the Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu Association by Professor Jeremy Harris, a black belt who trained under the great Saulo Ribeiro. Under Professor Harris, Austin received his blue belt. He then continued training under the lineage of Professor Harris with black belt Professor Anthony Crites. It was under Professor Crites that Austin received his purple and brown belt. After 9 years since the start of his training, Austin received his black belt under Professor Jon Stutzman, a black belt under Professor Jorge Gurgel with SAS Team.

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