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Your safety and comfort being our foremost concern - Our new Certified Training Center includes 1100 sq. ft. of premium Zebra Athletics, 2-inch thick, high density, anti-microbial mats. 


At Gracie Jiu-Jitsu® Athens AL - STREET READY Self Defense® we understand the importance of a well-rounded self defense skillset - including the ability to strike using punches, elbows, kicks and knees, as well as the importance of being able to defend against them. 


While the techniques of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu® will absolutely enable you to overcome, a bigger, stronger, more athletic attacker - the importance and advantages of strength and conditioning are NOT to be overlooked. Developing your strength and conditioning can, and will, make you that much more formidable against an attacker, as well as increase your self confidence, self esteem, and quality of life. This in mind, at Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Athens, AL - STREET READY Self Defense®, we provide our members with the equipment and opportunity to build and improve their strength, muscular endurance/stamina, and cardio fitness - adding "Combat Conditioning' to their self-defense arsenal. 

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While Gracie / Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is widely recognized as the most effective martial art on the planet, the success of your own, personal jiu-jitsu journey will greatly depend upon the culture of the school you attend as well as the teaching methodologies implemented by your instructor.  GRACIE JIU-JITSU ATHENS, AL® - STREET READY SELF DEFENSELLC is a Certified Training Center specifically trained and authorized to teach the proprietary self-defense programs developed by Gracie University Headquarters in Torrance, California. Our instructors have undergone extensive training - directly on the mats with, and under the watchful eyes of, professors Rener and Ryron Gracie - achieving Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Instructor Certification®  in order to ensure that you are provided with the best possible instruction and learning environment on your path to Gracie / Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu mastery.

If you are interested in the safest, fastest, most focused and efficient way to learn and develop the TESTED and PROVEN, STREET-READY skills of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, then look no further! GRACIE JIU-JITSU ATHENS, AL® - STREET READY SELF DEFENSELLC is Madison, Athens, & Decatur area's FASTEST way to street-readiness. GUARANTEED!

Structured Learning


Gracie Jiu-Jitsu is for everyone, but only if taught correctly. GRACIE JIU-JITSU ATHENS, AL® - STREET READY SELF DEFENSELLC adheres to a set curriculum, so students know exactly what they will learn before they even come to class. Every student is issued a progress card on which we track their daily progress, so they can see how much they’ve accomplished and exactly what it will take to move on to the next level. In a martial art where confusion and frustration are all too common, we’ve gone to great lengths to ensure that you will enjoy our highly-structured and encouraging approach to this amazing martial art.

Aside from our unparalleled structure and curriculum, what makes the GRACIE JIU-JITSU ATHENS, AL® - STREET READY SELF DEFENSELLC training programs unique is:

  • Our focus on only the most TESTED and PROVEN, STREET-READY Combat techniques

  • Our structured and linear approach to introducing the techniques

  • The proven step-by-step formula we use to present techniques

  • Our focused efforts toward technique mastery and reflex development

The teaching methods used at GRACIE JIU-JITSU ATHENS, AL® - STREET READY SELF DEFENSELLC allow students to learn at their own pace without feeling intimidated,  overwhelmed or left behind. We conduct all group classes with the utmost concern for safety, and we demand that all students treat each other respectfully regardless of skill level.

Safe Training Environment

At GRACIE JIU-JITSU ATHENS, AL® - STREET READY SELF DEFENSELLC safety is our number one priority. In far too many BJJ schools, the classes are structured to meet the needs of the most advanced, higher ranked students. If you are a beginner student, you are often expected to serve as a “grappling dummy” for those above you. The thought process is, if you avoid injury, and stick around long enough, you will eventually figure it out. At GRACIE JIU-JITSU ATHENS, AL® - STREET READY SELF DEFENSELLC we take the opposite approach, assuring you’ll have a chance to learn all the beginner techniques in a fully-cooperative environment, with like-minded training partners, for your first 8-12 months. Once you move on to the advanced program, and you begin sparring, you will have the benefit of working with training partners, of every skill level, who are working with you rather than against you. This culture of collaboration and mutual benefit is extremely rare in jiu-jitsu, and we go to great lengths to make sure it is upheld.

Street Readiness

When originally founded by Grand Masters Carlos and Helio Gracie in the early 1900’s, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu had only one purpose – effectiveness in real fights. Several decades later, when sportive competition was introduced and popularized throughout Brazil and the US, there was a distinct shift in training objectives at most BJJ schools,  as more and more focus was placed on competing in point-based tournaments in order to win trophies/accolades for their school.  Unfortunately, this shift in training objectives caused them to neglect the original self-defense aspect of jiu-jitsu, such that students could train for many years without ever learning how their grappling skills would apply against an actual striking opponent (not to mention an opponent who may very well be substantially bigger, heavier and stronger) in a real fight.

® - STREET READY SELF DEFENSELLC, street self-defense remains our top priority throughout all of our training programs. From your very first class, every technique you learn is specifically chosen for it’s high likelihood of being used, as well as it's proven effectiveness, in real combat. We believe it is critical that students of jiu-jitsu are aware of, and able to distinguish between, the very real differences in "street" versus "sport" jiu-jitsu before beginning their jiu-jitsu journey. 

Free Online Access & Satellite Training Privileges

Upon enrolling at GRACIE JIU-JITSU ATHENS, AL® - STREET READY SELF DEFENSELLC, you will receive a free subscription to Gracie University Online. Through our interactive online platform, you will have access to detailed video instruction on every technique you’ll be learning so you can study the lessons on any computer or mobile device 24 hours a day! Furthermore, as an active student at GRACIE JIU-JITSU ATHENS, AL® - STREET READY SELF DEFENSELLC, you’ll qualify to train for free at any other Certified Training Center around the world (for up to 30 consecutive days per year). And, since the curriculum is the same at all Certified Training Centers, you will receive credit on your attendance card back home for every lesson you complete during your travels!


GRACIE JIU-JITSU ATHENS, AL® - STREET READY SELF DEFENSELLC offers new students a 10-day free trial that includes unlimited access to all of our group classes for a full 10 days. We’re confident that the curriculum, the camaraderie, and quality of the instruction will exceed all your expectations. If that’s not the case, just let us know, and we will never charge you for the classes you took.


Take Advantage Of Our 10-DAY FREE TRIAL! 

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