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We are Rocky Mount's first & most experienced Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy.  Our owner/lead instructor, Eric Griffin, is a 2nd degree black belt under Gustavo Machado & has over 25 years of Martial Arts experience. Since our opening in 2013, our lineage has established a proud tradition echoed daily on the mats. BJJ is a self-defense system focused on grappling and ground fighting. Often referred to as a combat sport, BJJ promotes the concept that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend themselves against a larger, stronger attacker using leverage and proper technique. The goal is to take the fight to the ground, most notably by applying joint-locks and choke-holds to defeat your opponent.  Live drilling and sparring, commonly referred to as "rolling," are training fundamentals. BJJ places a premium on performance, especially in competition. Progression through its exclusive belt system is highly coveted, with less than 3% of BJJ practitioners earning a black belt. Our academy is the proud home of not just one black belt, but FIVE actively training BJJ black belts.  Together, our team boasts over 100 years of combined experience! We offer training for all levels of experience: Beginner to Advanced. Men, Women, and Children!