Our program, headed by Greg Nelson, is passed down by Professor Pedro Sauer. Professor Sauer is an 8th degree Red and Black Belt under Helio Gracie and Rickson Gracie. He is considered to be one of the most technical Black Belt professors in the world. He was voted the ADCC Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Instructor of the year in 2000. Additionally, our head instructor, Professor Greg Nelson (4th Degree Black Belt), is the highest ranking BJJ Black Belt in MN. Coach Greg was the first person to be promoted by Professor Pedro to the rank of Black Belt. Many of the local BJJ Black Belts have started their path under the tutelage of Mr. Nelson, who also has a background in Division I NCAA wrestling from his days at the University of Minnesota. Our program has produced most of the MN jiu jitsu champions, locally, nationally, and internationally. We are far and away the winningest local team in Minnesota, and with one of the most sought after UFC coaches in Minnesota and throughout the world at the helm, it isn’t hard to understand why!
In addition, our BJJ & grappling competition team has created multiple IBJJF World Champions, USBJJF National Champions & FILA Grappling World Champion, as well as winning Team Champions for NAGA Minneapolis Championships (2013 & 2014) & The Submission Hunt. Our instructors have also helped create law enforcement and military combatives programs for a variety of local and national departments and forces. Our grappling program is simply the best in the Midwest! Whether your goal is self-defense, to compete, build confidence, or get in shape fast – The ACADEMY Jiu-Jitsu program has the most proven and successful track record out there.