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BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU

Overcome any challenger, regardless of size. This self-defense system is also a total body workout. Learn to employ proper technique as you leverage your own strength to defeat an opponent.

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Classes

Experience the benefits of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in an environment that’s comfortable for you. Our diverse programming range includes a Level 0 introduction, women only, youth and advanced classes.

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Youth Programs

There is a time and place for martial arts training. Students will develop discipline and learn structure while improving motor skills, agility and flexibility.

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Womens Only BJJ

Learn to master techniques like Fundamental Takedowns, Position Controls, Position Escapes, and Submissions. Develop practical self-defense skills. Walk out empowered.

World Class Coaching

At UFC GYM, we take pride in our coaches — elite athletes who have dedicated their lives to mixed martial arts and fitness training. BJJ coaches must be a purple belt or higher. Their lineage is verified by our leadership team with oversight from program director, Mauricio "Tinguinha" Mariano.

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Our Coaches

Each coach has been individually approved by renowned program director, Mauricio "Tinguinha" Mariano, who oversees and approves programming. Lineage is verified and coaches must be trained and belted by accredited BJJ instructors or academies.

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Belt and Stripe Promotion

Set goals. Stripe promotions are awarded between belt rank promotions and help gauge progress. Belt promotions are based on a student's attendance, knowledge of techniques and performance on the mat.

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“Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu provides endless opportunities to learn and grow. Real champions are always looking for evolution.”

Waldomiro Perez Jr.
BJJ Head Coach, UFC GYM Huntington Beach
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“There are no limitations to learning this martial art. Anyone can learn regardless of size, age and physical aptitude.”

Mauricio Mariano
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Program Director
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“Our disciplined approach to training provides both intellectual development and physical conditioning.”

Rick Kowarick
West Coast Regional BJJ Director

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Classes

Whether ground fighting is your go-to training method, or you've never set foot on a mat, there’s a BJJ class for you.

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BJJ GI / No GI

Learn the foundations of BJJ. Start with basic techniques and advance with continued practice and attendance. Begins with Level 1.

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Women's Only Classes

Develop practical self-defense skills as you learn to master techniques like Fundamental Takedowns, Position Controls, Position Escapes, and Submissions.

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Youth BJJ (GI & No GI)

This program teaches self-defense techniques and develops conditioning and athletic skills. Improves motor skills, agility, flexibility and instills discipline.

Classes In Your Area

Common Questions

  1. What should I expect in my first class?

    Don’t be nervous for your first Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu class. The class participants might seem tight knit, but BJJ practitioners are a friendly bunch. You will soon be one of them. Arrive a few minutes early and introduce yourself to the Coach. The Coach will ensure you are properly introduced and integrated. You will be paired with an appropriate person for partner drills. Ask the club about our Level 0 introductory class where everyone is new, or start with Level 1, where participants will have a range of experience, from beginner and up.

  2. What should I wear? Do I need a gi?

    Gi classes require the UFC GYM BJJ gi top and bottom with earned belt level. “No Gi” classes require the rash guard, or top, and the bottoms to be the same color. Newcomer? You’re welcome to attend your first few classes in an alternate gi or appropriate athletic wear. Long sleeves, long pants and tight fitting athletic wear is recommended. Inquire with the coach for more details.

  3. Are there mat rules I need to know?

    Mat rules are posted outside of the BJJ room. If you attend a Level 0 introductory class the coach will review rules, but here are a few helpful guidelines to know ahead of time. Always bow to the center of the mat when you enter and exit. Develop respect for yourself and others: class begins with a formal bow to the instructor and your uniform must be kept neat and clean at all times. Observe hygiene best practices. Keep nails short for safety, remove piercings - and NEVER wear shoes on the mat!

  4. Are classes based on weight and size? Are they co-ed?

    Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu will empower you with the skills and techniques necessary to overcome any challenger, regardless of size. Try it and find out for yourself! A Level 0 introductory class is available, but beginners are welcome in all classes, except Level 2 + 3. Classes are co-ed unless you choose to attend a Women’s Only class.

  5. What are the belt progressions?

    For Adults (ages 16+) the progression is: White Belt (1-4 Stripes), Blue Belt (1-4 Stripes), Purple Belt (1-4 Stripes), Brown Belt (1-4 Stripes), Black Belt (Degrees). For Youth (ages 6-15) the progression is: White Belt (1-4 Stripes), Gray Belt With White Stripe (1-6 Stripes), Gray Belt (1-6 Stripes), Gray Belt With Black Stripe (1-6 Stripes), Yellow Belt With White Stripe (1-6 Stripes), Yellow Belt (1-6 Stripes), Yellow Belt With Black Stripe (1-6 Stripes), Orange Belt With White Stripe (1-6 Stripes), Orange Belt (1-6 Stripes), Orange Belt With Black Stripe (1-6 Stripes), Green Belt With White Stripe (1-6 Stripes), Green Belt (1-6 Stripes), Green Belt With Black Stripe (1-6 Stripes).