Demian Maia

Demian Maia is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu world champion, and currently a top welterweight in the UFC. Many consider Demian to be the best BJJ practitioner in MMA. Demian is proving what it means to be a jiu jitsu fighter in MMA. He is a true martial artist. Demian states that, “Jiu-jitsu gives people an option to tap or submit. The intention is not to hurt or punish the opponent. They are given a choice to stop that. That’s what I try and do in my fights. I try and represent jiu-jitsu to the best of my ability and to show the philosophy of the art. I don’t like to hurt people.” Mark (our head instructor) is Demian's first non-Brazilian black belt. Mark has been training with Demian as his coach since 2006, in Brazil and the US. Mark and all of our instructors share Demian's philosophies and training style.
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Life Changing Benefits of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

In case you aren’t convinced to try Brazilian Jiu Jitsu or our gym yet, here are some of the many benefits that you will receive. Please don't hesitate to come in or contact us, we will welcome you with open arms.

Health and Weightloss

Brazilian jiu jitsu will improv cardiovascular health. Not only do you learn the great art, you will be in the best shape of your life. Get off the treadmill and get on the mat!


Brazilian jiu jitsu is a humbling martial art that increases self confidence. Our athletes have nothing to prove outside of the gym, and conduct themselves with a new found confidence. Kids respond especially well.


Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is what works against opponents, even when they are larger and stronger. It has been repeatedly demonstrated as the superior self-defense martial art. It also can be a relatively gentle form of submission, making it possible to stop a bully without seriously hurting the them.


Brazilian jiu jitsu players are well known for their great flexibility. Many athletes and weekend warriors who have transitioned to jiu jitsu, have found the improved flexibility has helped get rid of old aches and pains. Also athletes competing in other sports have improved in those sports as a result of training in Brazilian jiu jitsu.

Self Control and Discipline

Confidence and self-worth built through Brazilian jiu jitsu, also results in greater self-control and discipline.

Muscular Strength & Endurance

Brazilian jiu jitsu is a mixed sport, meaning it taxes both the aerobic and anaerobic energy systems. The result is not only an increase in strength, but also the capacity to sustain strength for an extended bout.