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Gales Ferry's PREMIER
JIU-JITSU MARTIAL ARTS SCHOOL

Whether you're interested in or have practiced other martial arts like Karate, Taekwon-Do, Kung-Fu or Judo. Find out why so many people in Eastern CT turn to Gracie Jiu Jitsu Gales Ferry for their martial arts training! We offer beginner-to-advanced Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes for men, women, and children. No experience necessary! Get started with our exclusive BJJ online offer.


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Explore our Martial Arts Programs

As a Certified Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Training Center®, Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Gales Ferry is authorized to teach the following Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Martial Arts Programs.

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Mat Munchkins

Mat Munchkins (3-5 Years Old) in Gales Ferry

Mat Munchkins classes in Gales Ferry will help your child develop confidence and street smarts that will stay with them for the rest of their lives! Brazilian jiu jitsu classes for kids in Gales Ferry teaches them the proper training and form to protect themselves while having TONS of fun! The parents love it too!

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Little Champs

Little Champs (Kids Ages 5-7) in Gales Ferry

Discover why parents love our Kids Martial Arts Classes in Gales Ferry! Our Gracie Bullyproof® program infuses kids with powerful self-defense skills as well as respect, discipline, and focus to help them in school and life.

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Jr. Grapplers

Jr. Grapplers (Kids Ages 8-12) in Gales Ferry

Jr. Grapplers builds unshakable confidence, so that your child can overcome bullying without violence. Parents love our Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu program in Gales Ferry because it's the perfect blend of self-defense and character development.

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Adult Martial Arts Co-Ed Classes in Gales Ferry

The world's leading Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu program for beginners. We offer martial arts classes that are structured and provide a safe learning opportunity for students with no previous experience. Learn the 36 core techniques of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in a fun and cooperative environment.

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WHY CHOOSE GRACIE JIU-JITSU GALES FERRY?

At Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Gales Ferry, we believe Gracie Jiu-Jitsu is for EVERYONE, regardless of age, gender, athleticism, or ability. We are proud to say that we are continuing the legacy of Grandmaster Hélio Gracie, who believed jiu-jitsu should empower the weak to be able to defend against the strong. This is why we offer structured martial arts curriculums specific to the self-defense needs for any demographic or skill level, with programs created for beginner adults, women, and children.

We take pride in creating a safe, comfortable, and welcoming learning environment for all students and family members in Gales Ferry. We are passionate about what we do because we believe confident humans make kinder humans.

About our Martial Arts Programs

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Mat Munchkins

Mat Munchkins (3-5 Years Old) in Gales Ferry

Mat Munchkins classes in Gales Ferry will help your child develop confidence and street smarts that will stay with them for the rest of their lives! Brazilian jiu jitsu classes for kids in Gales Ferry teaches them the proper training and form to protect themselves while having TONS of fun! The parents love it too!

Kids having fun in Gracie Bullyproof Little Champs class
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Little Champs

Little Champs (5-7 Years Old) in Gales Ferry

Discover why parents love our Kids Martial Arts Classes in Gales Ferry! Our Gracie Bullyproof® program infuses kids with powerful self-defense skills as well as respect, discipline, and focus to help them in school and life.

Kids having fun in Gracie Bullyproof Jr. Grapplers class
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Jr. Grapplers

Jr. Grapplers (8-12 Years Old) in Gales Ferry

Jr. Grapplers builds unshakable confidence, so that your child can overcome bullying without violence. Parents love our Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu program in Gales Ferry because it's the perfect blend of self-defense and character development.

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Adult Martial Arts Co-Ed Classes in Gales Ferry

The world's leading Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu program for beginners. We offer martial arts classes that are structured and provide a safe learning opportunity for students with no previous experience. Learn the 36 core techniques of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in a fun and cooperative environment.

Frequently Asked Questions

Most frequently asked questions about our Jiu-Jitsu Martial Arts Programs in Gales Ferry, CT

Will learning Martial Arts make my child a bully? Through our work, we have seen that confident kids make kinder kids. We teach children how to not only stand up to bullies for themselves, but how to stand up for others as well. Our Rules of Engagement teach children to avoid the fight if at all possible by first using their words, and then telling an adult. When they do need to resort to physical self-defense, we do not teach children punches or kicks in the Gracie Bullyproof program, but rather, empowered by Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, we teach them to neutralize, defend, control, and negotiate if possible. We teach your child how to fight so that they never have to.

Are parents allowed to watch? We encourage parents to watch their children in our kids martial arts lessons. We also love parents getting involved! Even better… you can join in our martial arts classes for adults, and have something in common with your little one and benefit yourself at the same time. We love seeing the bonds formed through martial arts of families who train together!

Do I need to be in shape to take martial arts lessons? There are zero fitness requirements to be able to start our beginner Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes! One of the benefits of BJJ is that it relies on technique and timing rather than strength, speed, or athleticism. Our students start at all different fitness levels, however, you will find that our Groton BJJ classes will enhance your fitness. Isn’t that the point though? A fun workout that gets results!

Is Jiu-Jitsu better than Karate? Many parents ask, what’s the difference between Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Karate classes? While we believe all martial-arts have value, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has not only been proven to be the most effective martial art for a smaller person to defend themselves in a real fight, it is also known as the gentle art. We don’t want our kids or students turning into bullies themselves, and we also believe self-defense should be scalable, depending on the situation. Whereas kids Karate lessons or Taekwondo classes rely solely on landing punches and kicks, jiu-jitsu for kids focuses on neutralizing a threat with verbal boundaries, distance management, body control, and eventually negotiation.

How do I claim my exclusive internet offer? We only have a certain amount of space in our martial arts training area. To take advantage of our limited time offer, the fastest way is to fill in the form at the top of this page! Additionally, you can always give us a call or send us an email. We would love to chat with you about what we do, and to help you determine if our Groton martial arts classes would be a great fit for you and your family!

What should I bring to my first martial arts lesson? Upon arriving for your first jiu-jitsu class, we will provide a uniform, called a gi, for you to wear. We recommend comfortable undergarments or leggings, and a t-shirt or rashguard that you can wear under your gi. We will also have training attire available for purchase after your class. You're going to sweat so be sure to bring a water bottle to your martial arts classes!

I'm not very athletic or coordinated, will that be a problem? Not at all. In fact, many students starting in our adult martial arts classes felt the exact same way. There is absolutely no experience necessary for any of our beginner classes, and there is no sparring amongst beginners, so you’re going to be safe and have a great time! Give yourself some time, and you will be astounded at what your body is capable of, and how much you can improve! Our certified martial arts instructors are trained to keep their teaching simple, effective, and beginner-focused. So even the most uncoordinated person will develop ‘ninja-like’ skills! Come see for yourself!

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