Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu – BJJ

The Benefits of Jiu-Jitsu in MN

  • Real World Self-Defense
  • SAFE Competition Training
  • Have a Positive Hobby in Your Life!
  • Team Atmosphere – Family Environment
  • Structured Curriculum
  • Most Prestigious Program in MN (#1 in the STATE!)
  • Develop Core Strength, Balance, and Agility
  • Keep a Positive Mental Balance
  • Learn a New Skill and Make New Friends!
  • Weight Loss GUARANTEED!

Academy Style Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu & Grappling

Brazilian or Gracie Jiu-Jitsu,famous by the Gracie family in the early days of the UFC. It is one of the most respected and effective grappling arts in the world. “BJJ” is not based on strength, but on using leverage as the dominant technique. This allows a much smaller person to control and defeat a larger opponent. With jiujitsu you have the ability to injure to whatever degree a given situation may call for. Most street fights (or MMA fights) end up on the ground. BJJ concentrates on the hierarchy of superior and inferior positions on the ground. This foundation allowing practitioners to control and submit their opponents. Our program is distinct from other Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and grappling schools in the Minneapolis – St. Paul Area. We give serious attention to the clinch and takedown phase of combat. Skill in the grappling range is an essential component of your martial arts training. It is these skills that allow you to defend yourself. Experience in BJJ is imperative for MMA training or self defense.

Jujitsu MN

Brian Hollenbeck, Prof. Pedro Sauer, Dick Kotasek (72 Year old BJJ Black Belt), Greg Nelson, Ishmael Bentley

Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Team Pedro Sauer – TEAM ACADEMY

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.

Kelly Johnson 2018 Black Belt Masters World Champion


Coach Andy Grahn winning in Brazil at the 2011 IBJJF Masters & Senior’s World Championships

Class Format: BJJ class begins with a 5-10 minute warm-up followed by the professor’s demonstration of techniques and the students drilling of those techniques thereafter. In some classes, students will be taught live training with specific positions and/or certain submissions. Competition class students focus on live takedowns, rolling, positional rolling, and conditioning. We teach both “Gi” & “No-Gi” modes of training.   

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