Cleveland Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts Academy 423-244-5479

Cleveland Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy is an authorized Renato Tavares affiliate. We are proud to represent Team Renato Tavares in competitions around the U.S.

Cleveland Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy is an authorized Renato Tavares affiliate. We are proud to represent Team Renato Tavares in competitions around the U.S.

We teach Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Muay Thai Kickboxing, Hakko Denshin Ryu jujitsu and we have training for Mixed Martial Arts. Our instructor, Tommy Wales, is a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under Renato Tavares/ATT. He is also ranked as an instructor in Muay Thai Kickboxing. Our assistant instructor is a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, ranked by Helio “Soneca” Moreira. He has had a master’s rank in Hakko Denshin Ryu jujitsu since 1996.

We support a Brazilian jiu-jitsu/grappling competition team, a kickboxing team and mixed martial arts athletes. We have classes for children, women’s jiu-jitsu/self defense, cardio training and traditional Japanese jujitsu. At Cleveland MMA, you will have the opportunity to learn practical techniques from Brazilian jiu-jitsu and Muay Thai kickboxing. You will also have the opportunity to train with experienced athletes, who can help hone your game and improve your technique. Not only do we have the best facility, we also have the best athlete to help you train, get into shape and to prepare for competition.

Our competition grappling/jiu-jitsu team has produced several Tennessee State Champions and our team competes on a regular basis at tournaments throughout the United States. Members in our jiu-jitsu program can earn legitimate rank in jiu-jitsu. However, unlike some “black belt” factories, we do not give away or sell rank, our ranks are earned. If you’re interested in preparing for MMA competition, we have the team to push you into shape and to help you get ready. Try a sparring session with our members to see how much further our members can push you compared to those in other local gyms.

“Gracie” jiu-jitsu is a method of self defense developed by the Gracie family in Brazil,” he said. “It originated when a Japanese judo/jiu-jitsu instructor made his way to Brazil after a series of no holds barred contests. He remained and taught his martial art to the Gracie family, who went on to add their own elements to Judo and Jiu-jitsu.

“It places a heavy emphasis on ground fight techniques, including arm bars, various chokes and is famous for the ‘guard position.’ It emphasizes technique and leverage over strength and brutal expertise and retains the original jiu-jitsu philosophy of controlling and subduing an opponent with humanitarian techniques rather than using dangerous striking skills that may permanently damage an opponent.”

Womens Self Defense Course

At Cleveland Mixed Martial Arts and Brazilian Jiu-JitsuBJJ) Academy women can learn Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and other self-defense techniques with some of the top BJJ trainers in the Southeast. Learn to defend yourself with BJJ techniques, normally when a woman gets attacked, the attacker is not trying to box or kick-box with her. The attacker most likely wants to grab her and control her movements and this often includes taking her to the ground. Brazilian Jiu-jitsu is perfect for that type of confrontation.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art and combat sport that focuses on grappling and ground fighting. It can be a dangerous world for a woman and almost all attacks happen being pinned to the ground by a bigger, stronger opponent.

    Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu will teach women to:

  • Escape, hold, control, and submit an opponent from the ground.
  • Subdue or escape a larger or stronger person’s aggression by using the principles of leverage and angles.
  • Have confidence in close-up, full-contact situations

Contact us for the next available 2 month Womens Self Defense Course.

Competition In Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

At Cleveland Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy, we do not require any students to compete. Competition gives a chance for the student to test his or her skills against other competitors from other schools. There are rules and regulations to prevent injuries to competitors. Competing in BJJ tounaments are fun and exciting, it brings people together who share common interests in the sport of BJJ. Competitors range from the age of 6 to 50, anyone can compete.

Cleveland Tennessee Brazilian Jui Jitsu Kids Program

Kids Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Program and The Gracie Bulley Proof Program

At Cleveland Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy, we offer a kids program. Young kids can learn discipline, motivation, respect for others, boost self esteem, self defense and have fun. The list of benefits for kids taking BJJ is endless. Get your child in today and start training.

Cleveland Mixed Martial Arts and
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy
423-244-5479